LeBron James & Kevin Durant Are Rappers in Unreleased Single “It Ain’t Easy”

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LeBron James and Kevin Durant are arguably the best basketball players in the planet, and in 2011, the two superstars secretly joined forces on a song that was kept private until now.

Ohio-based producer Franky Wahoo recently dropped the single titled, “It Ain’t Easy,” which was recorded during the 2011 NBA lockout. In an interview with Noisey, Franky Wahoo spoke about its origins, and the reason on why he chose to wait until now to release the single. Additionally, Wahoo says that LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, considered using the song in a commercial for NBA 2K19.

In the Noisey interview, Wahoo said, “There was nothing I could do, a lot of celebrities retweeted it, comedians retweeted it, Ellen retweeted it. So I was like, I can’t feel bad now. It kept going viral and Paul finally called back saying ‘yeah don’t leak it we kinda wanna do something with’ it because there’s a 2K game coming out [with LeBron on it] and there are different things we could implement this in without actually putting the track out. So they may have put it in a 2K commercial as background music but they didn’t want the song to be downloadable or streamable.”

“So for two years, they went back and forth with me. They’d come up with an angle like ‘oh we’re gonna try to do it on this blase skit’ and weeks of email with them and I’m like ‘what the hell man.’ Then I’d see Cleveland DJs playing it at clubs. So I talk with my manager and he’s like ‘there’s no paperwork on this that they bought this off you or anything.’ The big thing was like one of the friends [of LeBron] that’s a DJ here, we were scared that they were gonna publish [the remake] without crediting me, which could easily happen.” For the full interview, head over to Noisey.

Now, have a listen to “It Ain’t Easy” below and let us know who was the better rapper in the comments section.

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