Chuck D & Amani Ok. Smith On Co-Scoring LeBron James' "Shut Up & Dribble" Doc

LeBron James isn’t simply the “face the NBA,” he’s additionally an philanthropist and an advocate for training. So when Chuck D was approached to attain some 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 outdoors himself,” Chuck tells HipHopDX. “He’s a voice for the unvoiced like Craig Hodges who has executed nice gestures on pushing the sports activities ahead into some sort 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 concentrate on the administration.’

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“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 LeBron James, however I like the stance that he speaks up for people who don’t have as a lot a voice as he has.”

Grammy Award-winning producer Amani Ok. Smith — often known 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 strains “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 school as a beginning catcher and nonetheless performs each Sunday.

“My favourite participant, Roy Campanella, taught me from his wheelchair learn how 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 sports activities information and numbers. I’ve additionally had Lakers season tickets since 1983.”

Smith knew being a component 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 really perfect scenario, however we knew this venture was groundbreaking and an vital half historical past. I used to be honored to be half it and was desirous to do regardless of the workforce wanted.”

Chuck provides, “We all the time have a great time choosing up the place we left f.”

Narrated by sports activities journalist and tv character 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 time.

“He’s slightly busy getting my Lakers sorted,” Smith jokes. “Let me inform you about his workforce producers and the music supervisor — they’re] extremely proficient, world-class superstars. This was a dream venture. I hope everybody takes the time to observe Shut Up and Dribble. It’s an vital message at a crucial 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.