Former Trail Blazers forward Martell Webster has always loved music.
Out for the season following surgery to remove a bone spur from his hip and subsequently waived by the Washington Wizards, Webster turned to music to help keep his mind right after a disappointing year, according to an interview with Billboard.com:
"I was dealing with injury and the season not really going the way that I envisioned it," [Webster] admits. "That was a little bit of a downer but instead of me just sulking and being depressed, I used that state of mind to really emerge lyrically."
The "lyrical emergence" resulted in a new song. In what could be crudely described as "chill rap," Webster's "Give It Up" isn't a slow jam, but an easy gallop with a heavy backbeat, sparse guitar and synth chords, and a flavor reminiscent of hip-hop that sampled '70s-era funk melodies.
The Billboard interview also notes that Webster has shared studio time with Blazers star (and legit rapper in his own right) Damian Lillard.
While his last few seasons have been injury-ridden, Webster has not ruled out an NBA comeback. Webster has career averages of 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.