Monday, April 28th, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  79 responses

Jay-Z Comes to LeBron’s Defense in Song, Disses DeShawn

by Marcel Mutoni

If we’re not careful, and by that I mean if we don’t keep rappers out of it, this Wizards/Cavs series is going to end in gunfire.

Incredibly, LeBron’s BFF and New Jersey Nets minority owner (!) Jay-Z got involved in the increasingly bitter LeBron James-DeShawn Stevenson “rivalry” over the weekend. Which might be part of the reason why DeShawn tried to take off LeBron’s head in Game Four.

You read that right. Jay-Z, the Jigga Man, H-to-the-Izzo, Mr. Beyonce Knowles, made diss record about DeShawn Stevenson that was played at the D.C. night spot Love on Friday night, according to several witnesses. I have not heard the song or the lyrics but I was told that Jay-Z freestyled over the beat for the track, “Blow The Whistle” by rapper Too Short.

Seriously, a diss track about DeShawn Stevenson? He of the career averages of less than 9 points, less than 3 boards, and less than 2 assists per game? The man who has not only failed to slow down LeBron, but has just managed a shade under 12 points per game in the heated series? Whose team is on the brink of elimination?

As stupid as all of this is, I’m glad Jay has opened up a new line of communication for NBA big shots. Dissing players in song is so much more interesting than blogging.

(The diss track, which you probably shouldn’t play in the office, can be found here.)

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  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Is there anyway this story could be moved to the Who Give’s A Sh*t Network?

  • Ken

    Seriously. This got way out of hand.

  • Jarrod

    i think his numbers are diss on their own

  • Jolst

    Yeah it’s all TMac’s fault.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    This is the NBA/Hip Hop thing finally going too far. And this should count as tampering by the Nets owner

  • Captain America

    Sublime to ridiculous

  • Captain America

    U can’t see me sucka

  • http://spaceshipjay/myspace.com Spaceship Jay


  • Pic

    lame song.
    so lebron says jayz responding to soulja boy doesnt make sense.
    responding to deshawn does?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Soulja Boy?

  • Solito

    And you know it all stared over some girl in some club. But since neither team gets passt the second round regardless, we might as well stop worrying about foot notes to meaningless series…

  • Rome

    Oh Boo Hoo, Lebron got his big brother JayZ to diss Lil Deshawn, this is crap.
    Deshwn did allude however that there was some other stuff that happened in the past between these two that promted him to say Lebron was overated, I guess he menat overated off the court.

  • Captain America


  • Rome

    From Detroit News:

    “But by far the dumbest scenario going on — and frankly, one of the most entertaining — is the Wizards-Cavaliers diss-a-thon.

    The Washington Post reported Sunday that hip-hop legend Jay-Z — aka Mr. Beyonce Knowles, aka LeBron James’ rich uncle — made what the kids are calling a diss record about DeShawn Stevenson of the Wizards and actually played it Friday night at a Washington night spot.

    You know I am big on the hip-hop, so what I am hearing (from Michael Lee of the Post) is that Jay-Z freestyled over the beat for the track, “Blow The Whistle” by rapper Too Short. It was tight.

    Nobody knows the words, but Caron Butler of the Wizards was apparently in the club and not only heard the song, but witnessed Damon Jones of the Cavaliers grabbing the mic from the club DJ and saying more nasty things about Stevenson and the Wiz.

    Butler immediately paged Stevenson to tell him what was going on.

    “This is basketball,” Stevenson told the Post on Saturday. “I’m not worried about the song. I’m not worried about what he did. But for Damon Jones to get on the mic — and I heard he was saying foul stuff about me and stuff like that — they’re taking it beyond basketball to me.”

    Stevenson hinted that his riff with James goes deeper than most people understand, but he’s OK with that.

    “Everybody is saying the bad things that I’m saying nationally, but they don’t understand why I’m mad,” he said. “That stuff doesn’t come out. I’d rather be the bad guy. People think I’m going at him, but they don’t see the little stabs that he’s doing.”

    Gilbert Arenas said he thought Stevenson should take it as an honor that a star like Jay-Z immortalized him in a song.

    “It’s the big dog,” Arenas said. “It’s not like it’s somebody else. If I had three people to talk about me in a song it would be Jay-Z, Michael Jackson and Prince. And Tupac and Biggie, let’s be for real. Jay-Z doesn’t mention too many names. There’s LeBron, Jordan and a couple of years ago he mentioned Yao (Ming) and T-Mac (Tracy McGrady). If I’m DeShawn, ‘Thank you brother. Appreciate you brother.’”

  • Randy Brown

    The NBA is slowly becoming professional wrestling. Regardless, I want a downloadable version of the track

  • http://www.ta.com Kiyan

    Hi, I’m from Europe. Who’s Deshawn Stevenson? Never heard of him …

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    who will Clevland have to face in Round 2? the only team they cant beat is Boston, and it looks like they will face them. upset?

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Somewhere, Shawn Marion is upset that his name wasn’t mentioned in the diss

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Yeah, but nobody’s talking about JHow’s weed usage. Maybe Hova should do a freestyle about that.

  • Solito

    Last years Finals runner up winning in the second round is an upset? I agree that it would be. Ain’t happening though.

  • BxBaller

    This is exactly why I don’t like Lebron or Jay-Z. Why is Jay-Z dissing DeShawn, but when Dipset, Peedi Crakk, & Joe Budden were going at him, he ain’t have s#*t to say. Also did you guys here LeBron crying about DeShawn hitting him with a closed fist. The replay clearly showed that was a lie. And you guys saw how fast he got back up when DeShawn hit him, but in game 2 when Haywood it him, he turned away real quick. Overall LeBron is a p#$*y, and I’m getting real tired of the constant ABC/ESPN slurpage of LeBron. Did you guys hear Mike Tirico yesterday? Plain embarassing for a grown man to slurp like that. Keep LeBron outta of NY.

  • http://www.justnotinteresting.com LIJ

    Umm… somehow Roc-Boys no longer seems like an appropriate choice for the Wizards’ intro track. Let’s look at changing that up for game 6.
    At this point, “The Beard” aka “The Tattoo” may also wish to mention that Jay “Budweiser Select” Z is also overrated.

  • Prophecy_Projectz

    Hov’s diss tracks have gotten weaker over the years. He peaked with Takeover, but Super Ugly, Blueprint 2, Dig a Hole, Ballin (Brooklyn Remix) were all weak and even backfired for him in some cases.

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  • http://www.jamariomoonshine.com JMOON

    I am sure Lebron doesnt need anyones help. http://www.jamariomoonshine.com

  • riggs

    he isnt even trying (and why should he?). hi haters. *Waves*

  • http://www.therezidue.com Maurice Garland

    Here’s what I think…if you care to read it.



  • Diogo

    LeBron’s rich uncle? Who the f*ck is richer than LeBron?

  • B. Long

    If Weezy doesn’t murder Ason Kidd on a track to defend his hometeam Im gonna be disappointed.

  • lol

    since when can jay z with his yoga ball?

  • riggs

    its the ROC!

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    So if DipSet goes at Hov again, is he just gonna have Bron dunk on em?

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    I have never heard DeShawn Stevenson rap but I guarantee he’s better than everyone in Dipsh*t.. i mean Dipset. What needs to happen now is Soulja Boy dissin LeBron.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

  • http://www.nba.com David Stern

    Jay-z will be suspended for at least 2 years

  • Michael

    I’m taking Reasonable DOubt off of my Favorite album of all time list. Thats a big L for Jay, Deshawn F**king Stevenson really?

  • Eazy-Yi

    Near triple double, with a side order of beef

  • Mark Z

    Wow. I mean, I know Jay Z wants LeBron on the Nets, but geez… What’s next? Beyonce suits up as a Cavs dancer?

  • nthrash

    bx baller you obviously dont know basketball if you think lebron is trash, stop being an idiot, idiot, and all you cats need to stop mentioning soulja boy, b cuz he IS trash

  • http://andresc123.livejournal.com/ Andres David

    Blow the whistle? This song is a hot tranny mess.


    Jay Z is OVERRATED, not LeBron… Jay has one excellent song an album…the rest of his songs flow nice, but even he can’t remember the words.

    Solja boy diss was funny when LeBron made it. Now that Jay is rapping…it’s just SAD.

  • youngmuggsy

    i dont get it, a fat bald ESPN writer says a players overrated and nobody gives a damn, but an actual nba player says the same and gets dissed by jayz?

  • The Promise

    why is evreybody comin to protect Bron? is he afraid that maybe he IS a bit overrated? I mean if you are so good, you wouldnt even worry about it and go out and play. Do you ever hear anybody sayin that Kobe Bryant is overrated? No? Thats what I thought. Man, I dread this, every Bron fan on here is comin 4 my head…bring it on, I got help…(Ethan and Winslorob where u at?)

  • http://www.clutchfans.net Nick

    My only question is, where is Snow with the Dwight Howard diss tape? Rep your country.

  • Randy Brown

    Track SUCKS! And so does Jay

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Jay comparing himself to Frank Sinatra, James Dean, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon possibly made him show his ass more than ever before.

  • http://www.slamonline.com The Biz

    I’m lbj fan and i’m really dissapointed your already up 3 to 1 why talk more sh*t and also Deshawn should get Nas to destroy gay-z

  • http://washingtonpost.com Fendataw


    Lebron reminded me of the young geek in my school that we used to bully, and that always snitched on us to his Older brother.
    Whats next? when he gets fouled in the court ..he gona tell his mama on the other players>>??

  • http://www.myspace.com/bangonthetableproductions Alpha-bet

    Lol… all the off the court s*&t is getting more press than the actual games being played..

  • jdubbs

    You guys act like you don’t love this sideshow, but the fact is it makes it fun and entertaining for everybody involved.
    Its the crossroads of music, sports, and celebrity and quite possibly the biggest story in DC sports this year. Bring on more of the same. SouljaBoy -Crank dat diss track!

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Somewhere, Ryan Jones is singing along with this diss track

  • Bubba Chuck


  • Bubba Chuck

    I heard that song yesterday

  • Bubba Chuck

    Now i want soulja boy 2 make some sh*tty lebron diss

  • B. Long

    @The Biz: Nas is on Jay’s label now,moron. Guess you never heard Black Republican?

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble TripleDouble

    The track is so bad it’s kinda embarrassing.

  • MeloMan13

    LOL snow diss track
    and kobe IS overatted

  • WhaHuh

    Mark Z im sure many people would love to see Beyonce as a Cavs dancer

  • http://www.truthismygame.com/ Kevin

    even i consider this blasphemy for sayin it, coz Jay is one of the greatest ever.. and maybe THE greatest ever.. but this track was kinda wack and he doesn’t really say f*ck all.. lacks content, character (coz he didn’t need to put it out), and his trademark quality in terms of both flow AND lyrics.. disappointed. seeing Beyonce as a Cavs dancer would make me feel better tho. or just let her be the only dancer, with a halftime show every game. price of admission just doubled…

  • Jason

    LMAO @ Jay-Z for even getting involved in that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com The Biz

    B.Long i know you can see him in the roc boys video and ive seen them perform Black Republican from the hip hop is dead album

  • http://sportzinsomnia.net Joey E.

    are owners supposed to be sucking another team’s franchise player’s di–

  • bballer

    Why would Jay do something as stupid as that? Is he that bored?

  • Winslowalrob

    Promise, the whole episode is so nuts that I do not think we are needed. Lebron is still overrated, nothing has changed since the playoffs started.

  • B. Long

    Little Weezy Diss on the Mavs: Fu(k JHo punk ass snitch/ And Tell Ason keep his hands off Pargo that aint his bitch!

  • http://www.rubensborges.wordpress.com Rubens Borges

    yeah !!cause soulja boy really can write songs…

  • Z

    Care to comment on this, Ryan?

  • Bubba Chuck

    Rubens idk wut soulja boy u thinkin of

  • RV

    Does Slam have Slammy’s for the playoffs? they need a stupidest team award because the Wiz are running away with it. They can’t shut their mouth, now Haywood is calling James a crybaby. They must want him to score 200 points the next game. I would think Eddie Jordan would know better than this…

  • D-Advocate

    What is Jay-Z thinking? Foolish decision to make a diss track towards DeShawn, reminds me of how Eminem would diss Christina Aguilera. But DeShawn should contact Eminem to create a diss track at the Cavs and Lebron to win the battle, he’ll probably outdo Jay-Z again.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    If beyonce suits up as a cavs dancer I’m switching teams…sorry nash. Its been real.

  • NZ Baller

    That was sh*t. Jay Z = over-rated

  • Calvin Cambridge

    I wonder if the TNT producers know what
    “superman that ho” actually means as crank that plays into a commercial.

  • Marvin

    listen to it on XXLMag.com

  • Mayor of Lovetron

    Jay Z is like that retired man who has too much time on his hands now so he makes sh*tty little model boats and things. He needs to go back to work

  • http://www.nba.com Hursty

    … blame Tmac, this is ridiculous.

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  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    i….can’t…feel…my…ears bleeding from that horrible “diss” track. Oh shut up boys and play. Doesn’t Jay have enough to do with keeping that piece of gorgeousness satisfied day in, day out. Jeez.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i wouldn’t say the track is terrible.
    but it is overrated.
    wtf happened to you jay-Z? he needs to stay retired.