Victor Oladipo is a beast on the basketball court, but he also has another untouchable talent in his arsenal.
The Indiana Pacers guard’s rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly” went viral last year and he is continuing the momentum with his latest release “Song For You,” a refix of Donny Hathaway’s classic song.
In the accompanying music video, his first ever, the NBA star rocks a low-leaning fedora and open button-down shirt as he sits at a grand piano and delivers the emotional song while playing. He shows that he’s a force to be reckoned with as he performs the compelling tribute.
“I’m a big Donny Hathaway fan. I’ve always been singing since I was like five-years-old and it’s just been a passion of mine to just do some kind of music when I had the chance to,” Oladipo told Billboard recently. “So I wanted to remake it and show respect to Donnie, but at the same time, put a little twist on it at the end. It was a pretty cool experience. I’m glad it turned out so well.”
Oladipo wants to prove he has the vocal chops, a product of being raised singing in church growing up. Explains Oladipo, “What inspired me to put out my own music now is that I believe it is a gift of mine and when God blesses you with a gift you should share it with others. If not then you’re doing yourself and Him a disservice. Donny Hathaway is one of my favorite artists and ‘A Song For You’ is one of the songs I could really relate to so in honor of him I remixed his version of the song and flipped it into a modern day story of something someone might go through today in the second half.”
Oladipo is prepping the forthcoming EP, Songs for You. The seven-track project will include features from 2 Chainz and Eric Bellinger.
Oladipo recently returned to Indiana, where he launched his basketball career for the Indiana University Hoosiers and led them to two Sweet 16 appearances.
Watch Oladipo’s “Song For You” below: