Damian Lilliard’s latest music video includes a cameo that takes us all the way back to 2002! Cam’ron, the iconic rapper and actor, reprised his role in the classic film “Paid In Full” in Lillard’s latest music video. The video was reportedly released on Thursday as part of Lillard’s new album “Don D.O.L.L.A.” and features Cam’ron playing the character “Rico” once again.
For those who don’t know about this classic film, “Paid In Full” was a film produced in 2002 by Roc-A-Fella. The movie depicts the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Rich Porter, Alpo Martinez, and Azie “AZ” Faison. Cam’Ron ended up taking on the role of Rico. Since its release, it’s continued to be recognized by many, and has built a large fan and follower base as a result.
Fellow rapper and songwriter, Tobe Nwigwe also made an appearance alongside Cam’ron in the video. Nwigwe was not only featured in the song, but also reportedly had a hand in directing it, alongside Keoni Mars. Lillard being able to pull off a collab like this can not be understated. Videos of each will be posted below, as shared by TMZ.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Lillard a.k.a. Dame D.O.L.L.A., compared gave his thoughts on how being an athlete and an emcee are similar in terms of approach:
“In music, I think you live and learn. As people, we constantly evolve, and we constantly grow and have different experiences,” he said to the outlet. “As we age, even all the way into your 70s, your music could be different because you’re living differently. In the NBA, eventually you become who you’re going to become.”
The release of his album, and his interview, both coincide with the active free agency Lillard’s had this NBA offseason. Though he may be keeping his eyes open to land in the best possible situation, Lillard’s name has been linked to the Miami Heat on multiple occasions—which he feels is plenty packed on his album.
A marriage between Lillard and the Heat would be nothing short of significant, as the organization looks to make a trip back to the NBA Finals after falling short to the Denver Nuggets. Lillard has reportedly been “relentless” in his efforts to promote his album.