King James

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  • This song's title pays homage to basketball star LeBron James for his charity work within the African American community.

    And we salute King James for using his chains
    To create some equal opportunities


    Lebron's nickname is "King James" due to his status as one of the greatest NBA players of all time.
  • Anderson Paak also takes the opportunity during the funky number to acknowledge some problematic social issues in the US, including taking issue with the Trump administration's plans to build a border wall. During the second verse he praises the actions of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who was essentially blackballed by the NFL after taking a knee during the national anthem prior to NFL games in 2016 to protest police brutality.

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