Shaquille O'Neal Takes Aim at Shannon Sharpe with New Diss Track

The song, which the NBA great (and rapper) shared on Instagram, comes after Sharpe took issue with O'Neal's comments about Nikola Jokic's MVP win

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Shaquille O'Neal (left) and Shannon Sharpe

Shaquille O'Neal has something to say to Shannon Sharpe — and now he's saying it on wax.

If Kendrick Lamar and Drake's latest rap feud couldn't capture the attention of sports fans, perhaps O'Neal can. The 52-year-old NBA great has taken aim at Sharpe, 55, amid their back-and-forth by releasing a diss track on Friday, May 10.

As previously reported, the feud between the two sports media figures can be traced back to when the former NFL star accused O'Neal of being jealous of Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic earlier this week. After Jokic won his third NBA MVP title in four years on Thursday, May 8, O'Neal interviewed him for Inside the NBA, ultimately telling Jokic, 29, that he thought the award should have instead gone to another player, Oklahoma City Thunder's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Sharpe, who found the comment to be in poor taste, shared on his podcast The Nightcap that he believes O'Neal — who has one MVP trophy from his time in the league — was partly "envious of that," referring to Jokic's longer list of MVP accolades.

After O'Neal already took shots at Sharpe on Instagram for not being "ranked in the top 10" of his own "profession," he's since returned with a few rhymes to make his case.

O'Neal released his diss track on Instagram that same day and also shared the song via his The Big Podcast.

Related: Shaquille O'Neal Slams Shannon Sharpe in Ongoing MVP Feud: 'You Jealous'

In the song — an apparent remix of Ryan Garcia's "Number One" — O'Neal addresses Sharpe directly, and claims that Sharpe is "way beneath me."

"Your whole demeanor is faker than new rapper beefy/ You’re soft before you get fly, you’d rather tweet me/ I was in three different cars when you was in three feet/ All I see is dollar signs, they coming in 3-D,” O'Neal raps. “Make it hot, ain’t no way around my degrees/ You are not in my spot, you are like a peewee."

"I’ve got him calling me Rocky the way I RiRi. I get to the green bag, I don’t mean a lawnmower/ Jet flying, foreign driving, best buying, downpour," he continues.

Elsewhere in the song, O'Neal says he's "proved" he's "the best," and calls Sharpe's podcast a "bulls--- podcast."

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O'Neal also shared a caption to go along with his new song, in which he tagged the likes of diss track veterans 50 Cent and Rick Ross: "You can never break the UNBreakable. and to all the people that kno both of us don’t call me, it will never [be] a sit down."

O'Neal's musical approach should come as no surprise to '90s hip-hop fans, as the NBA legend famously saw success with his platinum 1993 debut album, Shaq Diesel (among later records), and has collaborated with the likes of Phife Dawg and The Notorious B.I.G throughout his rap career. Back in December, Rick Ross even opened up to PEOPLE about how much he respects "[O'Neal's] gift" as a rapper, and what it was like to gift O'Neal a Maybach Music Group chain.

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Rich Fury/Getty Shaquille O'Neal
Rich Fury/Getty Shaquille O'Neal

During his back-and-forth with O'Neal, Sharpe has accused the NBA great of not being mentioned in "the G.O.A.T. conversation" — meaning the Greatest of All Time — and O'Neal has also shared a screenshot of an article that placed Sharpe's NFL rank at No. 51 on a list of all-time great tight ends.

"I kno you tryna stay relevant by gossiping on your podcast. we don’t believe you. you need more people and in case you forgot. 4 rings three finals Mvp top 50 and top 75. google me," O'Neal wrote in one of his Instagram posts directed toward Sharpe.

O'Neal returns to Inside the NBA on TNT on Sunday for game 4 between the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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