What did Kanye West say about Giannis? Rapper shouts out Milwaukee Bucks star on DONDA

Joshua Rogers July 23, 2021
What did Kanye West say about Giannis? Rapper shouts out Milwaukee Bucks star on DONDA

It’s been a good week for The Greek Freak. Fresh off the back of his first NBA Championship and Finals MVP, Giannis has been shouted out by Kanye West on the rapper’s new album DONDA. People reacted to the news, and mocked Drake after Kanye beat him to the Giannis line.

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Kanye new album DONDA revealed at listening party

Kanye West has had a tumultuous year in 2021, mostly due to his very public divorce with Kim Kardashian.

However, the rapper has got back to doing what he does best, with his new album DONDA arriving on 23 July.

DONDA is an ode to Kanye’s late mother Donda West, and is the rapper’s 10th studio album.

West debuted the album at a listening party at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Atlanta on Thursday, with collaborations including Travis Scott, Pusha T, and Jay-Z.

One line in particular, though, caught the attention of both basketball and music fans alike.

Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella

West shouts out NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA players getting shouted out in rap songs is not exactly a new thing.

West himself has shouted out the likes of LeBron and Dwayne Wade on 2011’s Watch the Throne, and more recently J Cole paid homage to Damian Lillard and Ja Morant on his new album The Off-Season.

West has continued that tradition on DONDA, shouting out newly crowned NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the track Junya.

The lyric that’s featured on DONDA goes, “Let me be honest, I run with the Bucks boy, lemme Giannis.”

Twitter reacts to the shout out, mocks Drake

The Milwaukee Bucks only won the NBA Championship on Tuesday night, yet Kanye has still managed to squeeze in a line about Giannis.

The two-time MVP scored 50 points in a close-out Game 6 and was rightly awarded the Finals MVP.

Twitter reacted to the speed of Kanye’s writing on Junya, as well as the fact he beat Drake, a known lover of rhyming NBA players’ names to certain words, to the punch.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.