Legendary retired NBA player Shaquille O’Neal isn’t just a baller, he’s also a businessman. There was time, when O’Neal was also into movies and music. While he still occasionally appears in cameos in films, O’Neal seems to have no intention to re-launching his music career.
O’Neal’s discography consists of four studio albums, 2 compilation albums, 2 soundtracks, one unreleased album, and 9 singles.
“I am never going back to rapping, I am 45 years old. I am old,” O’Neal told TMZ.
TMZ previously spoke to Russell Simmons (American business magnate), the founder of the hip hop music label Def Jam, who said he regrets he didn’t sign O’Neal to a contract when he had a chance.
When asked about that, O’Neal said back in the day, he wouldn’t hesitate.
If I had an opportunity, I would’ve definitely signed with Russell (Simmons) first,” O’Neal said. “Definitely.”
Around 1993, O’Neal was signed to Jive Records where he released his debut album, Shaq Diesel, in that year. The album peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200, number 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Shaq Fu: Da Return (1994) was the rapper’s second album. It peaked at number 67 on the Billboard 200, number 19 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and was certified gold by the RIAA.
O’Neal released his third album, You Can’t Stop the Reign, in 1996. It peaked at number 82 on the Billboard 200, and number 21 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
He followed the release with his first compilation, The Best of Shaquille O’Neal (1996), and two soundtracks, Kazaam (1996) and Steel (1997). The last peaked at number 185 on the Billboard 200 and number 26 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. O’Neal released his fourth album, Respect, in 1996. It peaked at number 58 on the Billboard 200.
O’Neal had a fifth album, Shaquille O’Neal Presents His Superfriends, Vol. 1, planned to release in 2001; however, it was cancelled. Although the album was cancelled, three singles were released, but they did not chart. In 2006, O’Neal’s second compilation album was released, but it did not chart.
O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action. He was a 15-time NBA All-Star, and won 4 NBA championships (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat). He’s considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA.Follow @exnbadotcom
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