6 March 1972, Newark, New Jersey, USA. ONeal shot to fame as the star of the previously obscure Orlando Magic basketball team (Rookie Of The Year in 1992). After the media picked up on his demonstrative play, notably his cult slam-dunk action, he emerged as a major multi-media star of the early 90s - so much so that a contract with Jive Records was just around the corner. His generally sport-related raps such as (I Know I Got) Skillz and Shoot Pass Slam kept the cash-tills rattling, the latter song being the soundtrack to the Reebok commercials of which he was the high-profile star. He did possess some history in the hip-hop idiom, having previously been a breakdancer in Newark until his size made the activity impossible. Later he moved to Germany where his stepfather, Sgt. Philip Harrison, took a post. He relocated to San Francisco to attend high school, playing for 68-1, who won the state championship. From there he was...
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