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DeMar DeRozan appears in the music video for Kendrick Lamar's Drake diss “Not Like Us”

CHICAGO – Chicago Bulls fans and Windy City rap connoisseurs alike may have noticed something strange after Kendrick Lamar released the music video for his smash hit “Not Like Us” by Drake on July 4.

DeMar DeRozan, the Bulls' star shooting guard and a native of Compton, California, appears about halfway through Lamar's music video and raps the words, “I'm glad DeRoz came home, y'all didn't deserve him either.”

DeRozan appears to be crouched down and looking directly into the camera as the camera zooms out at about 2:44 before switching to a wider angle and is seen “high-fiving” Lamar, or more simply, shaking his hand.

The text appears to be a celebratory nod to DeRozan's departure from the Toronto Raptors, for whom he played the first nine years of his NBA career. DeRozan was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in July 2018 in exchange for Kawhi Leonard before being traded again to the Bulls three years later.

Lamar and DeRozan share common roots: Both celebrities hail from Compton, and DeRozan has been a vocal supporter of Lamar over the years.

Recently, DeRozan performed at Lamar's “The Pop Out Show,” held on Juneteenth in Inglewood, alongside Lamar and Russell Westbrook, who hails from Long Beach, California.

DeRozan, who averaged 25.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 229 games as a Bull, has made two All-Star teams since moving to Chicago and was named to the All-NBA second team in 2021-22, but his future in the Windy City is uncertain as the six-time All-Star weighs his options as a free agent.