About Dame D.O.L.L.A.
During the mid-2010s, Damian Lillard joined the likes of Shaquille O'Neal and Iman Shumpert as a professional basketball player who ventured into rap music. Under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. (Different on Levels the Lord Allows), the Bay Area native has released a handful of independent projects, including The Letter O (2016) and Big D.O.L.L.A. (2019), with each volume naturally arriving during off seasons.
The Oakland-born Lillard started rhyming while in middle school, and wrote his first verse a few years later for his high school basketball team. Around that time, he was featured on J-Black's "Get It How You Live." After he established his pro career in the NBA -- he won the league's 2013 Rookie of the Year honor and was an all-star for the following two seasons -- he continued to make progress with music. He issued some singles in 2014 and 2015 and released his debut full-length, The Letter O, in 2016. Issued a few days before he began his fifth season with the Portland Trail Blazers, the album featured fellow Bay Area dwellers Danny from Sobrante and Brookfield Duece, as well as Marsha Ambrosius, Lil Wayne, and Jamie Foxx. It debuted at number 119 on the Billboard 200 (and at number seven on the R&B/hip-hop chart). Confirmed followed the next year with another verse from Wayne, plus additional support from 2 Chainz and BJ the Chicago Kid. Lillard released his third album, Big D.O.L.L.A., in 2019. The guest list boasted Jeremih, Mozzy, Major Myjah, and Derrick Milano, as well as Lil Wayne. ~ Andy Kellman
BORNJuly 15, 1990