From Ryan Shawcross to John O’Shea, here are seven of the strangest football references in rap lyrics.
Artists are known for drawing inspiration from the greatest footballers of all time, but some rappers have gone even further and included some very obscure references in their songs.
Throughout the years, there has been a lot of crossover between football and music.
We’ve had John Barnes’ World in Motion, Glen Hoddle and Chris Waddle’s botched Top of the Pops duet, and, most recently, Dave and AJ Tracey’s smash hit dedicated to Chelsea’s Thiago Silva.
Musicians are clearly influenced by what they see on the pitch and incorporate it into their lyrics.
As the genre has grown in popularity, however, some artists have incorporated far more niche references for fans to pick up on.
Here are eight of the most bizarre football references in rap lyrics, along with a few surprises…
“Like Shawcross, I’m defending my team.”
It’s impossible to talk about steez with boot cuts.”
Slowthai, a British rapper, made a reference to Ryan Shawcross, a former Premier League defender, on his 2019 track ‘Toaster.’
The Stoke City legend, who had to retire due to injuries, was unexpectedly referenced to rhyme with something as insignificant as boot cut jeans.
Let us know in the comments what song has your favorite football reference.
“Yeah, that’s my goal, and I’ll bid you Freddy Adu after that.”
You’re not ready for the future, ture, Prodigal Child.”
Freddy Adu, dubbed the “American Pele,” faded into obscurity after failing to live up to the lofty title bestowed upon him when he was only 14 years old.
However, the former Man United trainee is still remembered fondly, even by one of rap’s greatest ever artists, Jay-Z, who spit a bar about him on the 2007 album ‘American Gangster.’
“Man, I live in a Pixar movie.
I’m Victor Wanyama, and I’m defending that game.”
As a die-hard Spurs supporter, AJ Tracey may now rue his decision to board ‘Thiago Silva,’ who has since joined their London rivals.
In his track ‘You Don’t Know Me,’ he shouted out defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama, who had an underwhelming spell before leaving for the MLS in 2020.
“Know what history is, some far-flung kids surrounded by dangerous s***.”
When I smoke a big spliff, I feel like Bobby Moore back in 1966.”
Bobby Moore, the man who led England to the 1966 World Cup final and is considered one of the best defenders of all time, knows a thing or two about defending.
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