BOSTON — Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal is a man of many nicknames. One that is getting more attention of late is DJ Diesel.
The 47-year-old, 15-time NBA All-Star has long been interested in his persona outside of sports. Whether as an actor or businessman, it is never a surprise to hear his name pop up when discussing a new project. Plus, it is no shocker to see him succeed in music – his debut album went platinum in 1993.
Now, he is earning the love of fans at festivals including Lollapalooza in Chicago and Tomorrowland in Belgium. Most recently, O’Neal performed in front of a soldout crowd of 1,800 at Big Night Live in Boston. Those in attendance were folks of all ages, including quite a few wearing retro Los Angeles Lakers jerseys.
One person who watched the event was Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown, who felt inspired by the performance and is now considering spinning his own sets as a hobby.
O’Neal’s set included a wide range of music, hitting everything from “Hey Ya!” by OutKast to “Love Shack” by The B-52’s (a clever way to get people to shout his name).
Beforehand, HoopsHype had the chance to catch up with O’Neal about why he does…