Interview: Matt Forte thrilled Tyga mentioned him in rap song

You can’t blame the Bears’ Matt Forte for having a moment when rapper Tyga mentioned his name on the 2011 remix to Drake’s “The Motto.”

Forte had never heard his name on a rap song before, let alone one from the Young Money Entertainment record label that originated in his home state of Louisiana. To him, Tyga’s explicit verse, in which he references the running back when speaking about a woman “running back” to him, was a sign that he had arrived.

“I was like ‘Wow, I’m on a rap song,’” said Forte Tuesday while appearing at McCormick Place on behalf of Duracell, which donated cases of Quantum batteries to the Chicago Fire Department. “You know, I had a little moment. My boys were like ‘Oh, you done made it now.’ You always hear LeBron James, (Dwyane Wade) and (Michael) Jordan. This was my first time. To be mentioned in a song is pretty cool.”

Still, Forte admitted he wasn’t sure why exactly Tyga, a Compton, Calif., native, picked him of all running backs.

“I don’t know,” Forte said. “At that point, I lead the league in yards. Maybe he’s a big football fan and was watching. He’s also part of Young Money, which is from Louisiana. I’m from Louisiana. Maybe that’s it.”

According to Tyga, it was a matter of right place, right time.

“I usually just have ESPN on all the screens when I’m in the studio,” Tyga said by email Thursday. “One of (Forte’s) highlights came on ‘SportsCenter’ while I was recording my verse. He was putting in work on the field, so I threw that reference in.”

The song isn’t Forte’s first brush with the entertainment industry. He played himself in 2011 on “The League,” which now airs on FXX, and this year in The Onion-produced comedy web series “Tough Season.”

“(Acting) is something I’m interested in,” Forte said. “Most of the stuff I’ve done is comedy. I like to do funny stuff like that. It’s a lot harder than it looks, but it helps when you have funny guys around you bringing it out.”

What did Forte think of teammate Jay Cutler’s recent cameo on “The League”?

“It was pretty good,” Forte said. “Whoever wrote that part deserves credit for that. It was a pretty smart, witty episode.” | Twitter @TribLuis

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • Man fatally shot after argument over woman at South Loop lounge
    Man fatally shot after argument over woman at South Loop lounge

    An argument over a woman led to one man being killed and another wounded during a shooting inside a South Loop music lounge early Saturday, police said.

  • Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant learned on a cruise
    Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant learned on a cruise

    Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

  • In NYC building collapse, mayor cites 'inappropriately' tapped gas line; 2 missing
    In NYC building collapse, mayor cites 'inappropriately' tapped gas line; 2 missing

    Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.

  • Emanuel uses borrowing to cope with Daley's debt burden
    Emanuel uses borrowing to cope with Daley's debt burden

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has reduced spending and increased fines, fees and certain taxes to shrink the chronic budget deficits left over from his predecessor, Richard M. Daley.

  • Six Flags Great America's lost attractions
    Six Flags Great America's lost attractions

    Not every ride's the Willard's Whizzer. That iconic coaster debuted in 1976 when Marriott's Great America, now Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee, Ill., first opened. And it's still popular today. But for every Whizzer there's a Tidal Wave, Shockwave or Z-Force, rides existing only in memory.

  • Denim's just getting started
    Denim's just getting started

    Five years ago, denim-on-denim defied all of the dire warnings in the "Undateable" handbook: Instead of evoking John Denver or Britney Spears in her misstyled youth, chambray shirts paired with darker blue jeans became as cool as actor Johnny Depp and street-style heroine Alexa Chung.