Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, also known as DJ Diesel, has always expressed a strong interest in the art of DJing and music production. Not many will be aware of the fact that the former athlete released a rap album ‘Shaq Diesel’ which went platinum in 1993. Since 2015, Shaquille O’Neal has returned to music and started a successful career as an international DJ and producer, performing in front of the biggest crowds at the most prestigious venues and festivals in the world. Talking about his new career as a DJ in a recent interview with Page Six, Shaq stated:
“Deejaying brings me back to my playing days,” he said. “When I am up on stage in front of 100,000 people at a festival, it’s game 7. The energy is just wild and I get competitive. I need to throw down the best set possible.”
Earlier this year, Shaquille O’Neal released a banging new track in collaboration with American music producer NGHTMRE and Lil Jon.’BANG‘ is an extremely hard-hitting track which is perfect for both festivals and clubs as it combines heavy bass notes with catchy rap vocals. in his interview, Shaq also revealed he’s been working in the studio with none other than Diplo:
“I really look up to Diplo and Skrillex. I’m working on some music with Diplo at the moment and would love to get in the studio with him and Skrillex soon.”
Fans will no doubt be excited to hear what Shaq will be able to produce in collaboration with producers of this calibre. Skrillex and Diplo have already proven in the past that they can create some truly timeless music when they join forces with their revolutionary Jack Ü project.
Be sure to follow Shaquille O’Neal on his social media to keep up to date with his upcoming music and live shows. You can also listen to his latest release ‘BANG’ on Spotify below.