Nicki Minaj isn’t a stranger to basketball. She’s posed for a photoshoot with Kobe Bryant for ESPN Magazine, she played a surprise set at Villanova University’s Hoops Mania Festival last year, and countless players tweeted about her new album The Pinkprint when it dropped.
So Inside the NBA was a natural stop for Minaj to make while in the midst of her current promotional run.
It was unlike any of her recent appearances, however, on Saturday Night Live and Ellen, among others.. After a giving an interview about her creative process and new album, while standing alongside host Ernie Johnson and NBA standouts and current TNT analysts Kenny Smith, Grant Hill and Shaquille O’Neal, Minaj and everyone else on set held an impromptu freestyle.
Well, one has to wonder how impromptu it really was since Hill came prepared with lyrics for which everyone else dogged him.