Retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has revealed that he is donating the proceeds from his upcoming performance in Buffalo, NY to the families of the 10 victims who died there in the mass shooting last month.
The 50-year-old superstar, who has ventured into the music scene under the stage name “DJ Diesel,” told SiriusXM’s Swaggy Sie that he will be jams at his Bass All-Stars concert in Buffalo on Friday.
And in true Shaq fashion, he uses it as an opportunity to help others along the way.
“My next show is in Buffalo,” he said. “I am going to donate my proceeds to some family members who have suffered a tragic loss.”
The alleged gunman unleashed a hate-fuelled mass shooting at the Tops Friendly Supermarket, located in a predominantly black part of Buffalo, on May 14.
“When I see where there is a need, I provide it,” O’Neal said of his frequent philanthropic endeavors.
The 7-foot-1 disc jockey is no stranger to putting out club bangers.
The former athlete released four rap albums in the 1990s, including the platinum-selling “Shaq Diesel,” a name that has been on the rise in recent years after debuting as DJ Diesel in 2015.
O’Neal’s Bass All-Stars event at Buffalo Riverworks will also feature performances by DJs Herobust B2B Riot Ten, Crankdat and Jeanie.
“I never know what I’m going to play until I look at the audience,” Shaq told Swaggy Sie of his pre-performance ritual. “The guy who goes for me, I see what he’s doing and if the audience is involved. When you play a hit, you already know they’re going to like it.”
His upcoming performance in Buffalo comes on the heels of his electric set at Governor’s Ball last weekend.