Shaquille O’Neal, rap superstar?
Yes, that actually happened. He released four studio albums and a handful of singles and his videos were popular on MTV, back when MTV still played videos. Actually, Shaq wasn’t a bad rapper but he never escaped the impression that his musical career was just a celebrity vanity project. Considering some of the other celebrity rap albums that came out in the 90s, Shaq’s work holds up as listenable if not exactly inspired. (I’ve never heard Brian Austin Green’s rap album and I’m planning on making sure that I never do but I’m still sure that Shaq was better.)
Strait Playin’ is from his third studio album, You Can’t Stop The Reign. It was produced by DJ Quik and featured verses from Quik and Peter Gunz. The song peaked at #33 on the U.S. R&B charts but it was more popular in New Zealand, for some reason. It hits #17 on the New Zealand charts. It was also featured on the soundtrack for Steel, a movie that featured Shaq in the lead role.
As for the video, every 90s rap video cliché is present, from driving around in an open top car while rapping to the house party at the end.