It is a commonly held belief among basketball fans - NBA players want to be rappers and rappers want to play in the NBA.
Just look at “Dame Dolla” Damian Lillard
But while some players dream of being stars on the court and on the stage, Blazers third year star CJ McCollum has made steps to make it a reality.
McCollum, also known in the Rose City as DJ McCollum, has been working since college to make sure that he is prepared for his life after the hardwood.
”I put a lot of thought into it early on before I became a professional basketball player,” he explained. “I just wanted to have a plan in place and make sure I was in a position to where I was still strengthening my resume, so when I do decide to retire I will have a big body of work and have a portfolio big enough to step right into a new field."
The journalism major from Lehigh University dishes on the radio waves of Jam'n 107.5 FM every Friday from 10 p.m. to midnight, teaming with Portland’s own born and bred hip-hop artist Terrance Scott, better known as “Cool Nutz.”
The two music heads come together to concoct a fresh playlist for each show aptly named “The Playlist.”
"On our show we get to play soul music, R&B, hip-hop of course," Scott said. “Sometimes it's surprising to me because he'll come with some stuff like, ‘Oh ok you know that one?’"
McCollum said his family was the early influence on his musical taste.
"I just listened to music around my family,” he said. “My aunt, she's got a little record player, vinyl. She was playing old school songs and then my dad, he washed the cars to all the old school music."
"I can appreciate his taste in music because he is not on what's hot right now. He's on what's good as well," Scott said. "I might get something random of him riding, ‘Hey make sure we get this one on.’"
The pair’s show is about more than just the tunes. McCollum said he and Scott talk about his life in the NBA beyond just the statistics.
“It can be about road trips or horror stories from my rookie year when I was being hazed,” McCollum said. “We can talk about things we do on the plane, peoples card games, best cities to each so we just kind of gives fans a variety and give them a different side besides just talking about wins and losses."
Scott has been impressed with his co-host’s well-rounded knowledge.
“From a commentary standpoint, he is very tuned in with sports,” he noted. “Even with other sports as well like football. He is a Browns fan, though."
While Scott hosts his own program called “The Breakout Show” on Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight, it's his time in the studio with McCollum that makes “The Playlist” different from past collaborations.
“Not only are you playing well, you are wealthy and then a lot of the times, being a young man you have to balance all of that,” Scott said of McCollum. “When you are talking to him or dealing with him, you are like, oh man that's my little brother or something and that's why I think people like him so much."
Listeners can tune in to “The Playlist” Fridays nights on 107.5 FM or on the iHeart radio app. McCollum also does a weekly morning show sports talk segment with Bunker and Danforth on 620 Rip City Radio Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
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