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Who Is Sports' Best Rapper?

Published: 22 Jan 2017

Many athletes have attempted a music career, but are any of them actually good?

After Mike Tyson decided to take a step into the recording studio instead of the boxing ring, dropping a music video for ‘If You Show Up’, we decided to take a look at some other athletes who have also stepped into the booth.

Golf Boys

Possibly the weirdest music video on the list, this effort from golfers Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane, and Hunter Mahan may not be the best rap song out there, but it’s the best video, in a weird way. Definitely stick to the golf course though lads.

 

7th Floor Crew

Back in 2004, several members of the Miami Hurricanes football team, including Greg Olsen, Brandon Meriweather, and Jon Beason recorded a rap song over Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew."

The song contained many sexual references and was widely criticised by the press, and the University had to issue a statement condemning it’s lyrical content. We haven't linked the video for this exact reason, but it is out there!

DeSean Jackson

Not just a wide receiver for the Washington Redskins, DeSean Jackson has taken a step into the world of hip-hop and his track ‘Diamonds on my Neck’ actually features California’s very own Snoop Dogg.

While the track with Snoop focuses pretty much on the title, Jackson also features on a track with D-Shep over the ‘Pound Cake’ beat and holds his own.

He also won a $10,000 rap battle with Lil Snupe, who was signed to Meek Mill's Dream Chaser Records at the time. 

Adrien Broner

Mike Tyson isn’t the first boxer to take beef to the recording booth, last year ‘The Problem’ released ‘Slammer’, a diss track aimed at Floyd Mayweather over the popular ‘Panda’ beat.

Broner is a pretty controversial character with more than one jail term to his name, a leaked sex tape and posing on Instagram with a handgun.

Ahead of Broner’s fight with Britain’s Ashley Theophane, Floyd Mayweather came out saying that he thinks “the best name for him is not 'The Problem', it's 'Snake.'”

Anfield Rap

It wouldn’t be a list of sports and music crossovers if it didn’t feature the Anfield rap. Ahead of the 1988 FA Cup final, the Liverpool squad decided to release a rap song focusing on the range of accents and nationalities in the squad at the time.

The song also launched the rap ‘career’ of John Barnes who went on to feature on New Order’s number one single ‘World in Motion’ ahead of the 1990 World Cup.

 

Damian Lillard

Two-time NBA All-star Lillard also goes by the alias ‘Dame D.O.L.L.A.’ The Californian released his debut album ‘The Letter O’ in October of 2016 which featured Jamie Foxx and peaked at 119 on the US Billboard chart.

His freestyle on the ‘Sway in the Morning’ show is seriously impressive and many claim he is the best rapper in the NBA.

Bradley Wright-Phillips & Yannick Bolasie

For those of you who don’t know what a grime clash is, it’s pretty simple. Two Grime MC’s take turns to go back-to-back over grime beats for three rounds.

Lord of the Mics is a series of DVDs that has featured some of the most respected and famous Grime MC’s in the UK, including Skepta, Wiley & Kano.

In 2014 it was announced that Yannick Bolasie, who was playing for Crystal Palace at the time, would be going up against New York Red Bulls’ striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.

The former Plymouth Argyle teammates threw shots at each other over various sending videos which included Bolasie referencing the fact Wright-Phillips “went down to League One” and failed at Brentford.

Matt Robinson/Kamakaze.

This is definitely an interesting one, in the fact that the man in question is probably more well known for his musical talents than his sporting ones.

A former Leicester City academy player, Matt Robinson, also known as Kamakaze, has gained millions of views on YouTube on his freestyle videos and music videos.

One of the most promising MC’s in the country at the moment is also a midfielder for National League side Dagenham & Redbridge and addressed balancing his football and music careers in his ‘Warm-Up Sessions’ on SB.TV.

There’s definitely a lot more out there; who could forget Andy Cole’s ‘Outstanding’ and Gazza’s ‘Fog on the Tyne’, while we’ve all tried to forget Andy Murray’s ‘Autograph’.

Who do we think could be next to dip their toes into the music business? It would definitely be interesting to see Pep Guardiola up against Jose Mourinho in a rap battle.

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