Former NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal paid Bun B’s Trill Burgers a visit on Wednesday. The ‘Kazaam’ celebrity had come to town to supervise the official launch of a second Big Chicken franchise in the Houston region. O’Neal placed a purchase for a single-patty Baby G Trill kids meal and an Exotic Pop Bun-B Orange Soda.
O’Neal presented an explanation for his peculiar food choices in the restaurant’s Instagram feed, “Got a junior burger because I’m on a diet. I already know its good, you don’t need no review from me.”
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On the same day, the seven-foot-tall center-turned-entrepreneur unveiled his subsequent Big Chicken restaurant in Richmond. Some of Shaq’s childhood pleasures are served at the chicken restaurant, including fried chicken sandwiches and tenders, as well as appetizers like mac & cheese and jalapeo slaw.
“Been knowing this man for 30 years,” said O’Neal between bites of burger, gesturing at Bun B. “We signed our record deals on the same day.”
“Now we in the food business, we came a long way from rap,” Bun B chimed in response. (h/t via Chron)
O’Neal is the latest and undoubtedly the biggest superstar who has granted Trill Burgers tremendous applause. Drake, Mike Tyson, and Ludacris have all eaten at the diner in the past.
Shaquille O’Neal and Bun B started their rap careers together
When Shaquille O’Neal signed with Jive Records in 1993, his rap career journey officially kicked off. Shaq Diesel, his self-titled debut album, sold over a million copies and earned platinum-level status the same year it was released. The album comprised two hits “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock)” and “(I know I Got) Skillz.”
O’Neal collaborated with a group of producers and composers before signing with Jive Records to develop his own distinctive style. O’Neal’s larger-than-life personality was ably assisted in the hip-hop, funk, and R&B blend of his album Shaq Diesel.
In the 1990s, O’Neal put out three additional tracks, including Shaq Fu:Da Return (1994), You Can’t Stop the Reign (1996), and Respect (1998). While neither of these albums were as prominent as Shaq Diesel, they nevertheless contributed to O’Neal’s development as a respectable rapper.
Since 1998, O’Neal has not put out an album, however, he has sporadically kept up with rap. He’s also had appearances in several movies and TV shows, and he works as a sports analyst for TNT right now.
O’Neal confirmed his return to rap in 2023 with the release of a new track titled “King Talk.” The single is scheduled to be dropped in 2023 summer.