“I swear sports and music are so synonymous, Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us,” Drake rapped on the closing track of his rookie album Thank Me Later.
But the connection between rappers and athletes—especially NFL players—has always been there, whether it be the sport of rapping and its natural competitiveness, or the vibrato of players moving across the field. Athletes and musicians can connect on the shared value of the hard work it takes to rise up the ranks and, most importantly, the fame and money that comes as a consequence. That’s why the players can always be heard bumping the latest hits and dances in the locker room and your favorite rappers name drop the NFL’s top-tier talent in their bars.
Check out the hottest NFL Hip Hop references of all time:
Lil Wayne- Ain’t I
The leather guts and might I add in, it’s black on chrome like Darren McFadden
Lil Wayne- Dr. Carter
So I stopped writing/Now I’m like lightning
And you ain’t Vince Young so don’t clash with the Titan
Inspectah Deck- Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit
I slam tracks like quarterback sacks from L.T.
Ice Cube -The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit
Stop givin juice to the Raiders
Cause Al Davis, never paid us
Pusha T- Can I Live (Freestyle)
Who the fuck can stop me? Runaway freight train
Mike Vick’s redemption, big doggin’ like a great dane
J. Cole- Autograph
They try and sack me and I scramble,
Look up in the sky you’ll see exactly where I am Bo
A Tribe Called Quest- Scenario
Ayo Bo knows this
and Bo knows that
But Bo don’t know jack
’cause Bo can’t rap.
Rihanna- Wild Thoughts
Kitty, kitty, baby give that thing some rest
‘Cause you done beat it like the ’68 Jets
Lil Wayne- Ignant Shit
Shit, don’t leave me unguarded
And I’m a cheesehead, word to Vince Lombardi.
So Appalled- Cyhi The Prince
I got a seven on me, I call my ‘dro Lamar,
Plus a Trojan in my pocket, Matt Leinart
Lil Wayne- Banned From T.V.
Dropped my best shit like the Cowboys dropped Owens
Lil Wayne – Grew Up & Screw Up
And in the game I’m manning up like Eli
Tyler The Creator ft Kanye West -Smuckers
You can’t lynch Marshawn if Tom Brady throwin’ to me
The Art Of Storytellin’ Part 4 –DJ Drama ft.
I started off starvin’
Now they got me out here Brett Favre’n
Tryna see if I still got it
Ludacris- What’s your fantasy?
I wanna get you in the Georgia Dome on the 50 yard line
While the dirty birds kick for t’ree
Jay-Z & R. Kelly- Take You Home With Me aka Body
Mami threw it like a quarterback, I caught that like Rice
I call mami Montana, bandana
Tied her hands up – this is gangsta love
Halftime Show- Cam’ron
If you hype I got hyper men, Spiderman
In Minnesota my Vikings sell Vicodins
I got clients connects, my alliance respect
I’m like New York football, Giants on Jets
Even Buffalo Bills, my deals up in those mills
Give ya your Quarterback like Testaverde
Joe Budden- Old School Mouse
White tee, boots yes, see ’em in a suit next
Or somethin European shirt lookin like a two X
Runnin for the ball like I’m Plaxico Burress
Big Krit- No Wheaties
The epitome of greatness face it no one plays it close
Sweetness on the beat that Walter Payton flow
On track to be the best, what you pacing fo’?
Call plays, step back, pump fake and throw
Who dat? Drew Breezin’ down the field?
The document is monumental shit, reel to reel.”
I’m A Boss- Meek Mill
Jerry Jones money nigga, you a running back
Herschel Walker, Bo Jack
Ricky Watters, better run that dope back
JAY-Z- Heart of the City
Can I live? I told you in ’96
That I came to take this shit and I did, handle my biz
I scramble like Randall with his
Cunningham but the only thing running is numbers fam”
“Never been to Sesame Street but I flip a big bird
And I know stealers and they not from Pittsburgh”
Queen’s Gambit -DJ Muggs vs. GZA