Asamoah Gyan & Castro – African Girls
Perhaps one that Ghanaians will never forget. A hit song not with anyone but a real talent in the person of Theophilus Tagoe, popularly known in the music industry as “Castro” or “Castro Under Fire”. Castro was a friend of Ghana national football team’s captain, Asamoah Gyan. The duo recorded three albums together. “Do the Dance” was another hit of theirs.
Pogba & Stormzy – Adidas Football
Some saw this music video from Paul Pogba as a way of confirmation his return to Manchester United. It was mistakenly leaked on social media. Pogba doesn’t actually rap in this video, rather just shimmy around in Adidas.
Rio Ferdinand, “La Tasca, La Tasca, we don’t care ’bout the mafia”
Rio Ferdinand fills in the role of ‘hype man’ in this impromptu rendition of Kano’s single “Rock n Rollers”. Performing to a crowd of precisely one, Rio gees up staff at the chain tapas restaurant with the call to arms, “La Tasca, La Tasca, we don’t care about the mafia”.
Unfortunately for the employees at the restaurant, they don’t get to hear Rio’s skills for all that long. He soon hands over to Kano, who delivers the rest of the track with the swagger (and the language) you’d expect.
Ryan Babel, “rapping is my hobby, but I enjoy weaving”
Whilst the staff at La Tasca are serving mini cuts of cured meat, it’s Ryan Babel serving prime beef in this response video to Rio’s lyrical gymnastics. In the translated version (NSFW) he refers to his local rival as a “t*t” and describes his TV show as “s*@t”.
We can’t help but feel that something may have been lost in translation with the line, ““rapping is my hobby, but I enjoy weaving”, whilst his admission, “At Liverpool, I do the odd dopey thing”, is perhaps, as any LFC fan will testify, the understatement of the century.
Morten Gamst Pederson & John Arne Riiise “Fruit is healthy and good”
A classic of the ‘educational rap’ genre is “Frukt er sunt og digg!”, which we think roughly translates from Norwegian as “Fruit is healthy and good”. The video sees John Arne Riise and Morten Gamst Pederson discover countryman, Erik Huseklepp helping himself to pic ‘n’ mix and then direct him towards the fruit ‘n’ veg section instead.
Clint Dempsey “Thanks to Soccer, I ground more ice than a hockey skate”
A rousing rags-to-riches tale of being raised in a trailer park in a country where “soccer” was considered a sport for girls, “Don’t Tread” is a message about following your dreams. All the way to Fulham.
Andy Cole, “my inspiration, to celebrate life throughout the Nation”
In a much simpler time for professional football, Andy Cole broke the British transfer record in ’95 by moving from Newcastle to Manchester United for £7. In 1999, he teamed up with Pied Piper on “Outstanding”.
Wrighty dances around on stage in an over-sized back-to-front beret, imploring some North London kids to “do the right thing”. Also look at 1:01-1:04 he addresses that awkward situation where you don’t know whether you’re meant to great someone with a kiss on the cheek.
Gazza’s forgotten his t-shirt and can’t seem to decide whether to keep his jacket on in this house classic, Geordie Boys. Look at that green-screening!
Chris Waddle, “in my cradle…I kicked a ball…with great emotions I recall”
Fellow Geordie boy Chris Waddle, looking like the forgotten member of Duran Duran, proves that footballers were doing silly French accents in Marseille way before Joey Barton in this bizarre French/English, afro-inspired piano house banger.
Obviously. This list of footballers rapping would not be the end. Be rest assured.
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