Damian Lillard’s (Dame D.O.L.L.A.) ‘The Letter O’ Puts Rappers To Shame

By Jon Lin

Allow him to reintroduce himself. His name is Dame, Dame D.O.L.L.A. to be exact. The “dolla”, however, has nothing to do with anything monetary, but rather is a backronym for “Different On Levels the Lord Allowed,” which is quite fitting for 26-year-old East Oakland native taking the music world by storm. Mr. Lillard (born Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard) tells quite the tale with his potent rhymes and unique perspective and if it weren’t for his full-time hustle, he would probably be ranked amongst current hip-hop heavyweights J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar as one of today’s best M.C.’s. Even a hip-hop legend was quick to give Dame the nod of approval. So what’s holding Dame D.O.L.L.A. back from reaching rap superstardom? Well, it would probably be that 5-year, $120 million contract he signed last year with the Portland Trail Blazers to be the face of their NBA franchise.

A Track-by-Track Review of Damian Lillard’s ‘The Letter O’

Track #1 – Bill Walton | lyrics

“But aye, to the game I was chalking it,
I’m trying to bring a chip to Portland just like Walton did” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

Not since Bill Walton doing color commentary for the NBA on NBC has the city of Portland had such a recognizable voice representing the Blazers organization. This first track, an ode to Portland’s Hall of Fame center, Bill Walton, has Dame D.O.L.L.A. setting his sights on bringing another championship to the Trail Blazers franchise. Their last NBA championship was in 1977.

Track #2 – Wasatch Front

“First day I stumbled in, teachers hand us the syllabus
I’m Dame from East Oakland, I don’t know if I’m feelin’ this…” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

After being under recruited by division one college basketball powerhouses, Damian Lillard accepted a scholarship to play for Weber State University, a mid-major school located in Ogden, Utah. This would be the second stop of his “O” trifecta (Oakland, Ogden and Oregon) and the start of his college journey. Wasatch Front is the name of the region in the north-central part of Utah that contains the major cities of Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden.

Track #3 – Growth Spurt (Ft. Dupre)

“Rest in perfection, accept the rejection
I’ve been dreaming of dreams man I’m on my inception” – Dupre

As a 5’5″ PG playing behind three senior guards, the fifteen-year-old Dame was told by his high school coach that he would never make it to the NBA. This was before he went on a growth spurt that would eventually culminate in the 6’3″ frame that you see today. This bad blood between the player and coach can also be heard in the beginning of his track, “Bill Walton”, where he called the private school coach a hypocrite.

Track #4 – Misguided

“That’s what I tend to see (Tennessee) like they from Nashville” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

In this track, Dame D.O.L.L.A. shows off his intricate wordplay while continuing to prove why he’s not to be taken lightly as a rapper. Even Lebron, who Dame name dropped in this song, is showing support for the NBA’s best rapper.

Track #5 – Thank You

“When I ain’t made grades you saved me from getting killed.” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

One of the Dame’s most potent songs on the album. In this ode to his grandma, Damian Lillard manages to bring heartfelt lyrics paying tribute to her, much in the same way 2Pac poetically paid tribute to his Mama.

Track #6 – Plans (Ft. Jamie Foxx)

“We don’t gotta waste time, we can Facetime
You can teach me with your waist line, I know you ain’t shy” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

Dame D.O.L.L.A. teams up with Jamie Foxx in this potential club banger. DJs you heard me, make it happen.

Track #7 – Legacy (Ft. Juvenile)

“Ballin’ out in Portland, that 503
Ain’t talkin’ Twitter when I tell you that they follow me” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

Damian Lillard proudly reps the (503) Portland area code, where he stays loyal to the franchise that drafted him.

Track #8 – Loyal To The Soil (Ft. Lil Wayne)

“Oh my in a double R, I’m re-ready to die
My pockets fat as Precious but what’s more precious than time
Cause life is too short, I got that from Too $hort
Couldn’t ball, I was too short
But rich, like I play two sports” – Lil Wayne

A subliminal shot at Kevin Durant? A resurrection of the old Lil Wayne? So many questions after hearing this fire collaboration between one of the NBA’s (and hip-hop’s) brightest stars and hip-hop’s most dormant rapper. Is Dame D.O.L.L.A. the spark that’ll reignite perhaps arguably, one of the hottest rappers of our generation.

Track #9 – Roll Call (Ft. Brookfield Deuce)

“Now everywhere I step foot is game time, you know what’s up” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

Damian Lillard stays true to his East Oakland roots. Brookfield Village is the name of the neighborhood Dame grew up in.

Track #10 – Pillow Talk (Ft. Manny Lotus)

“I love the way we do us, we always be vibin’
She say that she love the fact that I just finished college” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

You hear that guys? Finish college, and you too, can get that pillow talk!

Track #11 – Baggage (Ft. Adrian Marcel)

“You owe these people nothing
Tell ’em what it is and it’s not up for discussion
You gotta stand for something or you bound to fall for nothing” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

Unfortunately, these wise words from Dame’s father accurately sums up what happens when you work hard and move out from a bad situation, leaving those who you once thought were your friends to constantly bad-mouth you.

Track #12 – Hero (Ft. Raphael Saadiq)

“For all the marbles, I’m colder than ‘2’ from Villanova” – Dame D.O.L.L.A.

Dame says he’s as clutch as this guy…

I don’t know Dame… Kris Jenkins is pretty clutch, man.

Oh yeah…

D.O.L.L.A.'s pretty fuckin' clutch.
Oh yeah… D.O.L.L.A.’s pretty clutch too.