Shaquille O’Neal Re-Releases DJ Quik-Produced “Strait Playin'” & Mobb Deep-Produced “Legal Money” To Digital Streaming

Shaquille O’Neal, the towering figure who once reigned supreme in the NBA as a center for the Los Angeles Lakers, has long been recognized for his formidable presence on the court and his dynamic forays into the world of entertainment. His multifaceted career extends beyond his athletic achievements, encompassing roles in cinema and a notable journey in the realm of hip-hop music.

O’Neal’s third studio album, You Can’t Stop The Reign, debuted following his high-profile transfer to the Lakers in 1996. It has been reissued in a move that bridges his athletic and artistic endeavors. The album’s re-release celebrates an era when O’Neal was not only a basketball icon but also a rising star in the music industry.

Initially unveiled during a pivotal period for hip-hop, the album was distributed under O’Neal’s TWIsM record label. It brought together O’Neal with some of the most revered figures in the genre, including The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and Mobb Deep, all of whom contributed to the project. The collaboration with Notorious B.I.G. on the title track was particularly well-received, securing a spot on the Billboard Top 100 for Hip-Hop/R&B Airplays and reaching No.17 on the Official Dance Singles Chart.

Building on the album’s original success momentum, O’Neal has introduced new singles that continue to reflect his engagement with the music scene. The DJ Quik-produced “Strait Playin’,” which features Peter Gunz & DJ Quik, and “Legal Money,” produced by Havoc & Prodigy and featuring Mobb Deep & Lord Tariq, are part of this fresh wave of releases. Fans can also anticipate the upcoming single “No Love Lost,” which includes collaborations with Jay-Z & Lord Tariq, set to drop on June 28 alongside the full album.

“Strait Playin’,” originally the second single from the album, showcases DJ Quik’s production skills and includes contributions from Quik and Peter Gunz. The track also gained additional exposure through its inclusion in the soundtrack for the film Steel, which starred O’Neal himself, further cementing his status as an entertainer who transcends the boundaries between sports and music.

As Shaquille O’Neal’s You Can’t Stop The Reign album returns to the spotlight, it serves as a vivid reminder of the era when O’Neal was not only a dominant force in basketball but also a significant player in the cultural landscape, leaving an indelible mark on both the sports and music worlds.