What a week Clint Dempsey is having.
First, on Monday in a match against Ghana, the Seattle Sounders star and captain of the U.S. men's national soccer team did this:
On Wednesday, he released the first single off his forthcoming rap album:
Under the moniker of "Deuce," Dempsey drops "It's Poppin'" the first single off "The Redux," scheduled to drop in July. You can purchase the single here.
This isn't the first time Dempsey has dabbled in rap, however. Back in 2006, he released a U.S. soccer anthem called "Don't Tread," which was unique only because it's one of the last tunes to feature Big Hawk of the Screwed Up Click (the legendary Houston hip-hop collective that brought us DJ Screw, Big Moe, Fat Pat, Lil' Troy and others) before he died later that year.
As for "Poppin'," the song isn't particularly horrible. Put it this way: He does a wonderful job of adapting the style of rap popularized nationally by Lone Star State names like Paul Wall and Slim Thug that he grew up with (Dempsey is from Nacogdoches in east Texas) and features a catchy beat.
While I'm not going to be camping out to pick up his music anytime soon, as long as he keeps scoring goals and the U.S. keeps winning down in Brazil, I woudn't care if he remade "Paid In Full."
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