On Thursday morning, Sacramento Kings big man Marvin Bagley III appeared on First Take, speaking on the 2019 NBA draft and a variety of topics. One of those topics was Bagley's rap prowess, as outlined in this exchange with Max Kellerman:
Max Kellerman: Roy Jones, who was a colleague of mine at HBO Boxing, played me a clip of you freestyling in the hallway. And it has been my opinion since then that the best MC in the NBA is either you or Damian Lillard. But who is the best MC in the NBA?
Marvin Bagley III: Man, me. Me. Man, I love music. I love music. So, I'm gonna go with myself.
MK: Would you ever battle Damian Lillard?
MBIII: Yeah. For sure.
The 2019 All-NBA second team guard did not take much time to respond.
I won't be on first take... but if that's what he want ... shoot https://t.co/povZmf2a3F— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 20, 2019
⌚️... https://t.co/SeLdbz3F0y— Marvin Bagley III (@MB3FIVE) June 20, 2019
Too late https://t.co/qDWi3dPWkf— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 21, 2019
I was being quiet cuz I just rap and enjoy the music bra. But he keep mentioning my name. https://t.co/GZIXQ3OZkp— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 21, 2019
NBA players quickly declared Lillard the winner of this rap beef, as did famed New York rapper Joe Budden, who has his fair share of experience with battle rapping.
Ended that one in a matter of hours lol https://t.co/0clnVPilZE— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) June 21, 2019
@Dame_Lillard DROPS DISS Track heard its fire source tells JC— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) June 21, 2019
My face listening to Marrvinnnnn https://t.co/nJPQV6vBz9— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 21, 2019
Yooooo Dame chill https://t.co/73WsmGVNZ3— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 21, 2019