During the NBA’s 2011 lockout that lasted 161 days, the players had to find ways to entertain themselves. LeBron James and Kevin Durant did just that when they collaborated on a hip-hop track that was released on SoundCloud earlier this week.
The track, titled “It Ain’t Easy,” was recorded in a studio in Cleveland, Ohio during James’ tenure with the Heat and features bars from both superstars. News of the song broke last year when ESPN reported the pair got together for workouts in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Durant, who was a member of the Thunder organization at the time, started the song off name dropping his counterpart.
I got the money, but that’s the root of all evil
I stayed the same, but it’s changing all the wrong people
Yeah, uh, and every hater’s all the same
I’m feeling like the world is Skip Bayless, and I’m LeBron James
Look, now I got a body full of tattoos
Everybody saying I’m changing, that is not true
Same dude that you met a couple years ago
Talk to the heart and you can see past the visual
James took over and had some things to say of his own.
It ain’t easy, on the path I’m on
But put the world on my shoulders because I’m that strong
Long journey, I’ve been on from the very start
No way I die off with this iron heart
Listen to the full song here: