Back in 2011, during the NBA lockout, LeBron James and Kevin Durant decided to spend some of their free time together in the studio. The result? A song called “It Ain’t Easy” that’s been teased with snippets ever since.
Now, seven years later, the full version has been released online by the track’s producer, Frank Wahoo.
“Originally it was only going to be Kevin Durant that was going to record, but then LeBron James ended up showing up,” Frank told Noisey about the eventful night at Spider Studios in Cleveland. “So we turned on the Pro Tools setup and recorded a couple of songs over 4 or 5 Watch the Throne beats (“N*ggas in Paris,” “Lift Off,” “HAM”) and two original songs.”
The original song that LeBron was a part of was over a beat that no one knew where it came from, so Frank Wahoo and StewBillionaire repurposed the vocals over brand new production and were in talks of having it included in NBA 2k19. Unfortunately, nothing was finalized, so Wahoo decided to release it on his own.
After hearing the record, let’s just say, I’m glad both artists chose the court over the booth. Especially Bron, who I’d much rather see running the floor in a Lakers jersey than spitting a 16. Don’t take my word for it, though. Press play.