Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
While the New York Knicks have been out of action for over a month now, one player has made headlines recently. Iman Shumpert has gotten his name back in the news not for something he has done on the court, but for his passion that he has off of it; rapping.
The Knicks shooting guard released a new song titled, “Chiraq Freestyle” in which Shumpert works on perfecting his craft off the court over the beat from Lil’ Durk’s “Chiraq” beat.
Warning: This video is NSFW. It contains language and adult content. Viewer discretion is advised.
While this is not the first time that Shumpert has performed, it has a different feel than the other ones that he has released. It has a much darker feel to it, almost something straight out of an episode from American Horror Story. This is also the first time to our knowledge that he curses in a video, making numerous innuendos and making a video that will catch attention’s people, which includes a scantly clad woman ‘twerking’ with a chipmunk head being watched by a person in a bear suit and a clown as well. It is something you have to see to believe.
For the actual lyrics, the song isn’t terrible. Shumpert goes hard right from the beginning, and while the main topic of the song is his extensive shoe game, he presents it well with well thought out precision. It may not be a true freestyle in terms of something that he raps right off the top of his head on the spot, but nonetheless he avoids sounding like a mess an embarrassing himself.
While many people will ridicule Shumpert for his rap attempts, saying he should be working more on his game for a Knicks team that missed the playoffs than his flow, he should not be ripped apart for this. Just like any person, Shumpert has hobbies he likes to spend his time doing, his just happens to be rapping.
In reality, this is offseason time spent productively. He is not putting himself in a position to get injured and to hamper his performance for the upcoming season. Spending time at a studio perfecting a craft that he loves is much better than spending nights at a club drinking and partying, putting himself in negative situations. This is something we have seen Shumpert work on in the past when he is unable to get on the basketball court, as he released plenty of mixes during the NBA Lockout his rookie season and when he was rehabbing from his knee surgery in 2012-2013 season.
When it comes down to it, Shumpert is still invested in the Knicks and his basketball career. Working on his rap game in his down time is the least of the problems the Knicks have this offseason. Let Shumpert be himself and do something he loves. Here’s to hoping Shumpert continues to live out a dream of his and we get more videos in the near future.
Check out Iman Shumpert’s Youtube Channel to listen to some of the other work he has done.