LeBron James isn’t simply the “face of the NBA,” he’s additionally an philanthropist and an advocate for training. So when Chuck D was approached to attain among the music for James’ new documentary Shut Up & Dribble, the Public Enemy mastermind and sports activities fanatic didn’t hesitate.
“LeBron James is an individual that goes exterior of himself,” Chuck tells RealStreetRadio. “He’s a voice for the unvoiced like Craig Hodges who has completed nice gestures on pushing the sports activities ahead into some form of social dialogue. James was really informed to ‘shut up and dribble’ by a journalist on Fox TV [Fox News’ Laura Ingraham]. Basically, ‘We don’t want to listen to your opinion about society and life and what you consider the administration.’
“It was a no brainer having the ability to be commissioned to do the music rating for this job. Not solely am I a fan of LeBron James, however I like the stance that he speaks up for people who don’t have as a lot of a voice as he has.”
Grammy Award-winning producer Amani Ok. Smith — also referred to as Burt Blackarach who has produced songs for Public Enemy — was additionally introduced on board. His preliminary response to being requested to take part was alongside the traces of “oh hell to the sure.”
Sports have all the time been an enormous affect in Smith’s life. He performed baseball from elementary faculty to varsity as a beginning catcher and nonetheless performs each Sunday.
“My favourite participant, Roy Campanella, taught me from his wheelchair easy methods to correctly throw a runner out at second base,” Smith tells DX. “That was an enormous second in my life. A legend who’s paralyzed choosing up a baseball and displaying me the right throwing movement. I nonetheless get goosebumps. Like Chuck, I’m an encyclopedia of sports activities data and numbers. I’ve additionally had Lakers season tickets since 1983.”
Smith knew being part of the Shut Up & Dribble docuseries was a particular alternative.
“The documentary already had a composer in place, so we had been like Michael Cooper and Jamal Crawford on the bench, able to do no matter was wanted,” Smith says. “Normally, being a second composer isn’t a super state of affairs, however we knew this undertaking was groundbreaking and an necessary a part of historical past. I used to be honored to be a part of it and was desirous to do regardless of the group wanted.”
Chuck provides, “We all the time have time choosing up the place we left off.”
Narrated by sports activities journalist and tv persona Jemele Hill, every episode focuses on James’ rise to NBA stardom and his humanitarian efforts. While neither Chuck nor Smith have met James in particular person, it’s solely a matter of time.
“He’s just a little busy getting my Lakers sorted,” Smith jokes. “Let me inform you about his group of producers and the music supervisor — [they are] extremely gifted, world-class superstars. This was a dream undertaking. I hope everybody takes the time to observe Shut Up and Dribble. It’s an necessary message at a vital time. King James, holler at your man. I’m on the Staples Center. Section 104, Row 6, Seat 1 & 2.”
The three-part sequence premiered on Showtime on November three and can culminate on Saturday (November 17) at 9 p.m. ET.