The smile beamed on Nick Young’s face as he tied up the shoelaces to his Adidas’ Yeezy 750 Boost. Young’s long affection for rapper Kanye West and a recent endorsement deal with Adidas helped the Lakers’ most colorful personality land a shoutout on West’s new song, “Facts,” a diss track on Nike.
“Tell Adidas that we need a million in production/
I done told y’all, all I needed was the infrastructure/
Now we hottest in the streets, it ain’t no discussion/
James Harden, Swaggy P runnin’ up the budget”
Therfore, it should surprise exactly no one that Young proclaimed West’s new track “the number one song out.”
“Go get it, man,” Young said. “It’s the best song, man.”
It should also surprise exactly no one that Young boasted about his shoutout both on Twitter and before the Lakers’ win over Philadelphia on Friday at Staples Center.
“He played the song before he ran out,” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson said. “Then he was running around here in his tights singing the song in his Yeezy boots.”
But it should be surprising that Young wasn’t the first to know about his shoutout. Both Lou Williams, Julius Randle and Clarkson alerted Young about West giving him a shoutout. Randle and Clarkson each posted on Twitter their amused reactions, knowing Young’s outgoing and eccentric personality.
“I was like what are ya’ll talking about?” Young said when he heard the news from his teammates. “Then my phone was blowing up and my Twitter feed was going crazy.”
And then so was Young, who provided a simple reason one of West’s vocal supporters appeared on one of his songs.
Said Young: “I’m just a Swaggy-type person.”