By Jack Barnes
With singing voice as silky smooth as his jumpshot, NBA star Victor Oladipo is turning heads with his second career as an R&B singer. Emoting over a guitar-inflected slow jam, the Pacers star starting shooting guard regales us with a cautionary tale for the social media age in “Unfollow,” his latest single, premiered by Ebro Darden on Beats 1 Radio. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Joined by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger, Victor recounts a toxic relationship, filled with infidelity, mistrust, and inappropriate DMs. Eventually, the relationship grows so unhealthy that Victor is forced to cross a line he cannot uncross: he unfollows his ex on social media. Releasing on October 6th, Victor’s upcoming debut EP Songs For You is a skillful hybrid of classic soul and modern R&B. With seven quality tracks, including the uplifting, 2 Chainz-featuring “Rope A Dope“ and the Donny Hathaway re-interpetation “Song For You,” Songs For You proves that Victor is no mere dilettante in the world of R&B, but a true talent and a lover of music.
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.
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