By Jack Barnes
One of the best young players in the NBA, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo’s incredible athleticism is only rivaled by his hidden singing ability. This fall, Oladipo prepares to unveil his his considerable musical ability on Songs For You, his upcoming EP. Blessed with a deep and soulful set of pipes, Oladipo is equally influenced by modern R&B and classic 70s soul, delivering an impressive set of tracks that span the R&B spectrum. On the new EP, Oladipo flexes a strong work ethic and an athletic vocal ability that mirrors his aggressive playing style. Distributed by EMPIRE, the EP hits stores later this fall.
Born and raised just outside of Washington, DC in Maryland to immigrant parents, Victor Oladipo would sing in church at 7 or 8 years of age at the request of his mother. A blossoming basketball player, Oladipo’s love of singing was overshadowed by his visibly growing talent. After leading DeMatha High School to a Washington Catholic League Conference victory in his senior year, Oladipo attended Indiana University, where he had yet another fruitful career, eventually becoming Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Finally, Oladipo decided to forego his senior season at Indiana and was second overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2013 NBA Draft. Following the circulation of this TMZ video of Oladipo performing R. Kelly‘s “I Believe I Can Fly,” the basketball star is making moves to catch the attention of fans everywhere with more than just his stellar skills in the paint.
Last week, Victor Oladipo reinterpreted Donny Hathaway‘s “A Song For You,” passionately covering a verse from the original and appending his own modern narrative to the track’s second half. Today, the Maryland-native shares the visual for “Song For You,” his first ever music video. Rocking a low-leaning fedora and an open buttown down, and tinkling the ivories on a brilliant white piano, Victor serenades the unseen object of his affection in a gorgeous villa. Premiered by Billboard, the simple video demonstrates Oladipo’s chops, focusing on his singing skill and his athletic physique.
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