In the famous words of rapper Lil Wayne, "Athletes wanna be rappers, rappers wanna be athletes." It's a common sentiment amongst both cultures, with members of each occasionally looking for ways to cross over to the other.
But what if rappers were actually athletes? More importantly, what if rappers were NFL quarterbacks? Look no further than the wonderful world of social media.
Friday, football fan @NFLMaliik started a thread of NFL quarterbacks as rappers and his rationale for many were spot on.
Take this comparison of DC-native Wale and New England Patriots Cam Newton for example.
"Very Talented yet overly-criticized," he wrote.
Since entering the rap game, Wale has oftentimes been called "emotional, corny," and think pieces have released about him detailing why the artist is "so insecure," however Wale has been nominated for many awards and continues to release quality music while operating in a landscape of consumers that glamorize far less skill.
Cam Newton is arguably the most criticized QB in recent history, regardless of his 2015 MVP honor. From his fashion choices (see the backlash he got from sporting a babushka) to his accuracy struggles while playing through a serious shoulder injury, he's in the headlines for one reason or another.
His comparison of Ravens QB, and the reigning NFL MVP, Lamar Jackson to Roddy Ricch is also spot-on.
"Has made a great impact on the game early in his career," he wrote.
Entering into just his third season in the NFL, alongside his MVP honors Jackson has already set NFL records for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback (1,206), most rushing attempts by a quarterback in a season (159), most perfect passer ratings in a season (2), first player to throw 30 touchdowns and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season, highest touchdown passing percentage (7.4%) in the Super Bowl Era, youngest quarterback to start a Pro Bowl game, youngest player with 5 touchdown passes in multiple games, youngest player to be named Offensive Player of the Week 4 times in one season, the list literally goes on and on.
Roddy Ricch, 21, won Album of the Year for his debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. Debut album. According to XXL, "the album, which dropped back in December, landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart a week after it was released — it's been No. 1 on the chart on four different occasions."
While Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins wasn't featured on this thread I took it upon myself to come up with a rapper comparison.
The two are often criticized for their unique ways of carrying themselves on and off the "field." They have cult followings that believe in their talent and even though they may not hit on every song/play, you definitely see signs of top-tier potential and sustainability. Non-fans often look at both and wonder 'what is it that makes me want to like this guy so much?' but store those sentiments inside until there's a more acceptable and wide-spread moment to do so.
NBA Youngboy also happens to be one of Haskins' favorite artists, coincidence?
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