It’s not enough for LeBron James to be a former NBA MVP and a five-time All-Star for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Having already gotten a lock on dominating the world of basketball (though he’s still searching for that elusive championship), he has now moved onto the movie and music world. “More Than a Game,” which premiered in New York last night, tells the story of James’ legendary high school career and the coach who lead the squad to a national high school championship in the days before LeBron was a hoops icon. The film is accompanied by a massive soundtrack that features tunes from Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and a quartet of performers who have created one of the most buzzed-about singles of the year. The remix of Drake’s “Forever” also welcomes verses from Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem. The result is a killer mix of styles, and we have James (at least in part) to thank.
The big debate in the Newsroom for the past few weeks has been about who has the sickest verse on “Forever.” Did Drake steal the show from the veterans or is it Kanye’s game to win? According to James, everybody delivered big, but in the end it was Slim Shady who took it home. “Eminem really finished it off,” James told MTV News. “The last person on that track had to finish it off perfectly, and he did that.” Never one to leave a teammate behind, James also praised West’s punchlines and the work turned in by Drake and Wayne.
But for LeBron, it all comes back to Jay-Z, who James refers to as his “big brother” (he was also wearing a Roc-A-Fella chain during the interview). “Jay-Z is the best,” he said. “11 number one albums, more than Elvis. Who else could beat that?”