Shaquille O’Neal is widely considered to be one of the best basketball players and centres of all time. Despite his fame, O’Neal recently stated that he does not consider himself a celebrity and prefers to avoid the label at all costs. The player recently threw a big party, but he had two completely different experiences.
According to AP, O’Neal hosted “Shaq’s Fun House,” a carnival-themed event, on Friday night in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the Super Bowl this weekend. The self-proclaimed “best party thrower” lived up to the hype with an outdoor area that included an 80-foot slide, a human claw machine, a premium open bar, free food, bumper cars, and a Ferris wheel.
Inside, O’Neal, who also works as a DJ Diesel was one of the featured performers, along with Lil Wayne, Zedd, Diplo, and even the NBA legend’s son, Myles, who spun several records in front of a boisterous crowd. Several well-known entertainers and athletes attended the event, including Floyd Mayweather, Torey Lanez, and Brandon Marshall.
“I love you, L.A.” “Let’s (expletive) go,” exclaimed O’Neal, who stood behind a soundboard and played a rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” to represent the championships he helped bring to the city. He started with electronic dance music and then mixed in some big records like Future’s “Way 2 Sexy,” DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” and Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby.”
Lil Wayne performed some of his biggest hits to cap off the multi-hour event. His hour-long set, which ended shortly after 2 a.m. PT, included hits like “A Milli,” “Go DJ,” “6 foot 7,” and “Lollipop.” Wayne expressed gratitude to O’Neal for inviting him to perform at “Fun House.” The rapper then asked the audience to choose between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams for the Super Bowl, which drew the most applause.
Before the set, O’Neal stated that he wanted to make a bigger impression with “Fun House” than the other parties in town, especially since his event was held in person after it was held virtually last year due to COVID-19 concerns. Tickets for the sold-out event began at $400 and included unlimited food and drinks from Los Angeles favourites such as Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and Pink’s Hot Dogs.
“All the other parties, you just come, you stand around and shake hands. You go, ‘Hey Tom, hey Bob, hey Jamal.’ This party is a carnival with rides, favorite restaurants, top restaurants in L.A… Ferris wheel. I paid a lot of money to get this stuff here.”
The event took place at the expansive Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles, where O’Neal helped the Los Angeles Lakers win three consecutive championships. The investment was unquestionably worthwhile. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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