We met when we were both teenagers and bonded over our drive and process. I was in awe of what you could do with a basketball and knew your talent went beyond your physical gifts and stretched to your mentality. A mentality that I would take with me throughout my whole career and still use every day. As the years went by, I watched you do things that seemed humanly unimaginable. And, through ups and downs, championships and injuries, you still remained with an unwavering resolve about your mentality to remain fierce to competition. But, every time we would speak or text, something started to change... your patience and ease grew. And it inspired me to continue to grow for myself. Years passed, and the “old man” jokes would start to be traded back and forth. We both appreciated a good “ribbing.” We joked about “The Vino Club.” You nicknamed yourself ‘Vino’ to represent how one could age gracefully as a fine wine does. But, you never stopped aiming to inspire me. Your confidence in me was huge - it really affected me because I admired you so much. I don’t mean as one of the greatest athletes ever. I mean as a person. People sometimes can confuse a will to win with a lack of compassion. That wasn’t you. You had both qualities. The last conversation that we shared was about being fathers and what that meant. That was, beyond all the things that we could do in this world, our true legacy. Who our children are and what beautiful people they will become. And, I guess right now, without being able to find all the words, THAT father connection is what is most devastating for me. I am sending my love to Vanessa and your family and to the families of everyone connected in the mourning of this terrible tragedy. My heart is broken and my family lifts you up in our thoughts and prayers. Kobe... You have connected so many of us. The Mamba Mentality will last for all of time. I know that will be a source for me every day as it has been for so many days before. Your legacy is with us. It’s our responsibility to pass it down now. I hope I can continue to make you proud, Vino. Champ, MVP, Legend, Hero, Inspiration, Father, Friend. I’m gonna miss you, brother. Mamba forever.
FBF and a MAJOR appreciation and congratulations post to this dynamic duo... Go back to the year 2001 when a young man was stepping out on his own and finding out who he was through his own voice and his own music. These two geniuses not only helped me find my identity but would be mentors and inspirers of my songwriting for years to come and still are some of my favorite collaborators. To P and Chad: you changed my life and will always be two of my heroes. And you are still doing it at that level. Kudos to the @SongwritersHOF for recognizing two artists who changed the landscape of music as we know it. And, congrats to #TheNeptunes !!! No One Ever Really Dies... 🖖🏻
I brought some friends in for #TROLLSWorldTour , and I’m so proud of the movie... and the music... and all the people who jumped on board. Figuring out how to crack a song with guys like @anderson._paak , @ludwiggoransson and @jamesfauntleroyii is really why I got into this in the first place. Literally nothing better. Wanted to give you guys a glimpse of the whole process before it all comes out, so here you go... I’m excited to say there’s A LOT more where this came from 🙌
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That one hurt. I know first hand how music can impact the way kids learn... So I teamed up with @levis to launch the Levis Music Project — and open a songwriting class and a fully equipped studio space for the students of @staxmusicacademy in my hometown. Big thanks to @timbaland , @theonlydanja , @robknox_ , and @soirodgers for coming with us and working with the students on their music. And special thanks to our partners who donated and made this all possible: @shure @gibsonguitar @guitarcenter @nativeinstruments @uaudio @korgofficial @voxamplification @blackstaramps