New York Knicks Guard Iman Shumpert Hits the Studio, Drops a 'Spazz' Freestyle

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterDecember 6, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16:  Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks looks on during the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on November 16, 2013 in New York City. The Hawks defeat the Knicks 110-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Iman Shumpert has rhymes for days, player.

The New York Knicks (4-13) might be playing like whipped dogs in the Atlantic Division, but that doesn’t bother Shumpert, who appears to have an aspiring rap career to fall back on should this whole NBA thing not work out.

Video of Shumpert stepping into the studio and laying down a “freestyle” recently surfaced. The footage was picked up by Mike Johnson of Next Impulse Sports and was released by hip-hop site

Warning: Video contains NSFW language.

Shumpert went on camera and dropped some...interesting lines. His freestyle—which was less of a freestyle and more like a well-practiced rap—began with references to his “down to earth” nature. 

In true backpacker fashion, Shumpert followed this humbleness with a line about getting his “Prince Hakeem on.” 

After the freestyle, the Knicks guard jumped on the mic and spit lines about “spazzing” on “women, men and kids.”

As a hip-hop fan, I can say this much about Shumpert’s rap skills—he’s not awful.

Athletes attempting to rap have sounded much worse than Shumpert. Mind you, he managed both a Coming to America and a Camp Lo reference in his lines. This is required subject material for a contemporary rapper trying to work an old-school flow.

On the other hand, sports fans probably aren’t excited to see Shumpert spending time in the studio with the New York Knicks sitting the bottom of the Atlantic Division.


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