An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. As humans, we’ve got to be constantly occupied with one thing or the other. We’ve got to expand our horizons and see if we can challenge ourselves. The desire to keep going is what prevents us from self-destructing as a race. There are more doers in the world than you can imagine.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at footballers who have tried their hands at rap music. The allure of the music industry was too much to resist for these players. They didn’t shy away when they were put in front of a mic and asked to perform. Auto-tune could have been a reason for their bravery. Nonetheless, this is a confident bunch of lads.
1. The passionate performer
‘Deuce’ is his rap name, and he aced it when he had to. An ardent love for the hip-hop industry, and the loss of a loved one when he was young, made Clint Dempsey try his hand at rap music. He joined forces with XO and the now-deceased Big Hawk to release his video. It was featured in one of Nike’s Adverts for the 2006 World Cup.
2. The not so good one
Asamoah Gyan was an average footballer at best. This striker knew it and tried to make inroads into the music industry. Rap was his choice, and he performed under the name ‘Baby Jet.’ If you thought that name could fly (no pun intended,) then you are going to be in for a disappointment.
3. The brick-head baller
Anyone that has ever watched Royston Drenthe play and is still alive should consider themselves lucky. He was, and still is, one of the idiotic players to have ever played the game. The Dutchman filmed a number with U-Niq in 2012. Reportedly Real Madrid was more annoyed with the song than his game, or lack thereof. Was it why they ended their relationship with him?
4. The legend Rapper
Andy Cole played for Manchester United. That automatically makes him a legend, doesn’t it? The former England international was a player who swept every possible honor in the English game. But that wasn’t enough for him. He had to ruin his reputation by trying to rap. That wasn’t a smart move at all.
5. Babbling all the way
Ryan Babel called himself Rio and dropped some barz when he was in Liverpool. The man rapped in Dutch, and from what we hear, he likes the explicit stuff. Just like his football, he has lacked the consistency to do something tangible with his hobby.
6. The enduring and beautiful
Memphis Depay has been in the game for a long time now. The former Eindhoven man famously said, “Young king getting paid, she will fall in love when you put diamonds in her face.” The jury is still out trying to decide if this is the worst rhyme ever uttered.
7. The dark-horse rapper
Jamaica-born John Barnes, who played for Liverpool in the late ’80s and much of the ’90s, was an excellent rapper. His infamous lyric for his club’s FA Cup Final song ‘Liverpool FC is hard as hell/ United, Tottenham, Arsenal’ is the stuff that we live for. He has also performed in New Order’s World in Motion which climbed to the number 1 spot. The man was quite good.
The honorable mentions
Neymar, is there anything that you won’t do? The Brazilian tried his hand at rapping. Thank heavens, he didn’t pursue it. Another footballer who has tried to rap in the past was Gazza. We wouldn’t dare to write anything bad about him, though for the wrath of England will be upon us.
As cheesy as some of these performances may have been, a few of these footballers were good at rapping. We wonder why they didn’t pursue the idea. We wonder.
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