Viva Shaq Vegas: Now spinning at EBC, DJ Diesel stays bigger than life
It looks like four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal has at all times maintained some kind of presence on the Las Vegas nightclub scene. He has hosted pool events, DJ’d at venues like Rehab and Chateau in recent times and was even an investor within the iconic Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace (you understand, the factor earlier than Omnia). His profession as DJ Diesel reaches a brand new excessive this weekend when he suggestions off a brand new residency at Encore Seaside Membership, spinning at Nightswim Saturday and returning for 2 extra events subsequent month. Right here are some things it is best to know to prepare earlier than you break it down with the Large Shaqtus, aka Manny Shaq-iaou, aka the Large Agave, aka Shaq Daddy.
He has launched 4 studio albums, not counting his contributions to the soundtracks for his movies Kazaam and Metal. (Kazaam is a musical fantasy comedy directed by one of many stars of TV’s Starsky & Hutch, by which Shaq performs a 5,000-year-old genie; Metal is a superhero film based mostly on a DC Comics Superman spin-off character, by which Shaq battles a weapons supplier performed by Judd Nelson. Shaq recorded songs for these films.) His 1993 debut album on Jive Information, Shaq Diesel, went platinum and featured manufacturing from some critical hip-hop heavyweights together with Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Referred to as Quest, Erick Sermon of EPMD and Def Jef from the West Coast Rap All-Stars.
Shaq’s best-known rap single wasn’t certainly one of his songs—it was his look on the Fu-Schnickens’ “What’s Up Doc (Can We Rock),” a Prime 40 hit from 1993. It needs to be famous that Shaq’s Rookie of the Yr marketing campaign with the Orlando Magic additionally concluded in 1993, so for those who doubt his expertise as an MC, do not forget that he was rhyming whereas he was averaging 23.four factors, 13.9 rebounds and three.5 blocks per sport. There’s additionally the matter of the still-unreleased Shaquille O’Neal Presents His Superfriends, Vol. 1, initially slated for a 2001 launch and rumored to incorporate contributions from Dr. Dre, Pink, George Clinton, Luda-cris, Frequent, Snoop Dogg and extra. When will Shaq open his vault?
He’s part of Vegas boxing historical past (kind of). In 2009, Shaq battled Oscar de la Hoya for 5 quick rounds at Planet Hollywood as a part of his Shaq Vs. actuality TV present produced for ABC. De la Hoya gained in a unanimous choice. For the present’s second season in 2010, Shaq took on Shane Mosley in one other exhibition match, this time at Caesars Palace, once more falling to his opponent regardless of a 16-inch peak benefit and an almost 200-pound weight edge. So as to add insult to damage, the identical episode of Shaq Vs. featured the large man dropping to Penn Jillette in a magic trick competitors … though Shaq had Teller on his facet. That’s tough.
He’s part of Vegas meals historical past (kind of). Shaq’s quick informal eatery Large Rooster opened final yr on Paradise Street proper throughout from the Laborious Rock Resort, and so far as fried hen sandwich joints go, you could possibly do loads worse. Chicago’s Turano Baking Firm provides all of the brioche buns, a double wet-and-dry battering course of provides to the tasty-crispy quotient and the floats are made with native Large Canine’s Brewing Firm root beer. The go-to sandwich is the Uncle Jerome, a tackle the Nashville scorching hen phenomenon named for Shaq’s longtime bodyguard. It could be the fuel-up you want earlier than you hit Nightswim.
NIGHTSWIM WITH DJ DIESEL June 15, 10 p.m., $25-$45. Encore Seaside Membership, 702-770-7300.