If NFL Quarterbacks Were 2015 Rap Projects
Andrew Luck: Dirty Sprite 2 — Future
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has skyrocketed his way into the conversation as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL in just three seasons. During his first year in 2012, Luck broke seven rookie quarterback records and numerous others.
Much like Luck, Future as placed himself among rap’s current elite in just a few short years. Future has put together an impressive streak of well recieved rap projects in an incredibly short time. Starting with Monster, released in October of last year. Since then he has also released Beast Mode, 56 Nights, and the studio album Dirty Sprite 2. These explosive releases have the world ready for another Future album or mixtape and the Atlanta rapper will likely deliver for his fans once again.
Both Future and Luck have bright futures ahead of them with big expectations. This upcoming season can be Andrew Luck’s Dirty Sprite 2 if he can show NFL fans that he is the real deal.
Russell Wilson: Dreams Worth More Than Money — Meek Mill
In sports, one thing matters more than anything. Winning. That is what Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson does. In only three seasons he has made appearances in two Super Bowls and brought home the Lombardi trophy for the city of Seattle. Wilson’s stats are impressive, but it is his wins that set to make him the highest paid quarterback in NFL history.
Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money is just like the passer from Wisconsin. Fresh out of jail, Meek breaks through with a great album that is likely his best. The album’s acclaim would not have been possible if not for the stunning features from hip hops megastars, including Future, Nicki Minaj, Drake, The Weeknd, Rick Ross, and Diddy.
Like the album, we can assume that Russell Wilson would not be were he is now without some serious help from some of the NFL’s best with Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane, Michael Bennett, and Earl Thomas on his squad. With the addition of Jimmy Graham this offseason, we will likely see the Seahawks back on top of the NFC. All they do is win. Meek Mill is dating Nicki Minaj. All he does is win.
Johnny Manziel: Sremmlife — Rae Sremmurd
Cam Newton: Barter 6 — Young Thug
Since his days in college, the Panthers quarterback has always had the ability to grab peoples’ attention. Wether he is stealing lap tops or winning champions; violating NCAA rules or hoisting trophies, Newton always has everyones’ eyes on him. His play on field has shown that he is truly a special player, but that does not always show in the win column. Even with a relatively solid team around him the quarterback has yet to have a playoff win outside of the wild card round. Next season, Panthers fans are looking for Cam to bring them what they have not had since Jake Delhomme was under center.
Rapper Young Thug has never shied away from attention; intentional or not. His fashion choices have gotten many people in the hip hop community talking, but his music has gained the rapper a fairly large and loyal following. Young Thug’s singles have been more than impressive. His unique voice, flow, and delivery has shined through on all his hit songs and features. When Thugger is on a track, everyone listening instantly knows it.
Unfortunately, Young Thugs most recent project, Barter 6 was considered to be a flop from what could be raps next superstar. Riddled with sloppy verses and overall boring tracklist, Young Thug needs to prove that he can be the rapper we all know he can be.
Both Cam Newton and Young Thug’s Barter 6 came in with high expectations, but did not completely deliver on those expectations. The quarterback and rapper both need to step up the next time they have a shot at major success.
Ben Roethlisberger: Mr. Wonderful — Action Bronson
Some love him. Some hate him. Big Ben is no stranger to controversy off the field, but his play when it matters the most has taken many people’s attention aways from whatever he gets into in a bathroom. When the giant quarterback is under pressure there are few things more exciting to watch. The man can elude and shrug off tacklers unlike any other player in his position. This style of play has landed in him in a number of Super Bowls and AFC Championships. Hate him or love hime, he gets the job done.
For Action Bronson, some love him, and some think he’s a carbon copy of New York rapper Ghostface Killah. The similarities are undeniable, but Bronson can entertain an audience like very few rappers today can. On his debut album Mr. Wonderful, Action Bronson gives his listeners wildely absurd lyrics that paint a picture of an extremely weathy man with unique taste. Rapping is suppose to be entertaining at the end of the day and Mr. Wonderful simply gets the job done.
Tony Romo: The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty — Tyga
Outside of Cowboy fans, not much is expected from Tony Romo. Most of the time he gives us what we expect: basically nothing. Sure, Romo can put together a winning season, but when it matters the most the Dallas quarterback almost always let’s his team down. Even with great players around him, Romo cannot seem to figure out how to get it done.
Tyga also cannot seem to get it done despite the overwhelming majority of rap fans have no expectations based of his track record. Coming into The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, most were expecting below average music, but somehow he still managed to disappoint. This shows in his abysmal record sales. Tyga has received an immense amount of help from music industry titans like Kanye West, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne, yet he is still unable to get anything going.
These two always find a way to underachieve and they make us all ask ourselves, “How is his he still around?”
Aaron Rodgers: At. Long. Last. A$AP — A$AP Rocky
It is hard to be better than than Aaron Rodgers. He is considered by many to be the best in the NFL today and is almost the perfect quarterback. Rodgers even has a Super Bowl. He has gotten all the fame and endorsement expected you would expect from a player of his caliber, but for some reason he is just not quiet yet able to be considered among the all time greats.
A$AP Rocky is an insanely popular rapper. On his latest album, At. Long. Last. A$AP or ALLA for short, he puts together some very impressive music. With that being said, the album lacks the ability to stand out as great. Rocky really shows his ability on a number of tracks including Lord Pretty Flocko Joyde 2, Electric Body, Jukebox Joints, Wavybone, M’$, and Everyday. ALLA boast a laundry list of head-turing features from the likes of M.I.A, Schoolboy Q, Kanye West, Juicy J, UGK, Lil Wayne, Miguel, Mark Ronson, Mos Def, and even Rod Stewart, yet quite hit every note like it is expected to. Looking at the album it should be one of the greatest listening experiences of your life, but it is not despite it being very good.
Rodgers and Rocky are both looking for that special moment that will take them to the next level and put them were they want to be.
Drew Brees: Bush — Snoop Dogg
There is no question that Drew Brees is a great quarterback. He is a Super Bowl Champion and a hero to the city of New Orleans, but to be honest, Brees is old. He is unable to do it all like he used to. Brees can still take over a game in the fourth quarter every now and then, but it nobody is expecting him to be in the same form as he was a couple years ago.
Snoop Dogg much like Brees, is past his prime. On his album Bush we see some shining moments from Long Beach’s legend in tracks like California Roll, R U A Freak, and Peaches N Cream. There are good songs on the album without out a doubt, but many of the brightest spots come from features from T.I., Rick Ross, and Kendrick Lamar instead of Snoop himself. Overall, the album is a good listen, but we are not getting Doggystyle again, just like how we are not getting prime Drew Brees again.
Peyton Manning: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late — Drake
On stats alone, Peyton Manning is pretty much the greatest. He is guranteed to light up the scoreboard in every game he plays him. Manning’s style is almost robotic with its efficiency. He has made good players into Hall of Famers. We might never see another human throw more touchdowns than Peyton. The Broncos quarterback will be throwing touchdowns and padding his records until the day he retires, but it kid of seems like he’s lost his touch. He is still great, but he definitely seems to have fallen off slightly in recent seasons.
It is hard not to compare Manning to Drake. Look at the top of the rap charts and pop charts. Expect to see track up there towards the top and probably more than once. Every song Drake releases or jumps on will explode in popularity the second the public can hear. He has complete control of the rap game. Drake is so powerful that he can turning relative unknows like Migos into headlining performers by putting a verse on a remix. It seems like everything the Toronto rapper touches turns to gold, but his last project If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late seemed to fall short of what is required from a star of his magnitude. Drake as been around for a while, but at this point in his career rap fans deserve something a little bit better then what they got. He still managed to amaze us with tracks like Energy and Know Yourself, but as whole Drake needs to do better.
Not matter what happens Peyton Manning will be remembered forever and Drakes musical dominance will be hard to forget, but right now it’s about pride. How do you want this stage of your career to be? Great or disappointing?
Tom Brady: To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
With the great ones, it does not matter what everybody else is talking about. All that matters is winning when it matters the most. Questioning Brady’s greatness is hard to do with four Super Bowl rings blinding anyone that opens their mouth.
After Kendrick Lamar dropped To Pimp A Butterfly on the world, it becomes difficult to find another rapper that can match his near perfect discography. When the rappers highly anticipated single “i” came out, the rapper received a lot of negative responses from fans of his. It was not until the song was injected into the track list of the album and given context that people realized the songs true genius. That alone is something very special. The album as a whole is already considered to be one of the greatest rap albums of all time and Kendrick one of the greatest rappers.
A couple deflated balls or controversial single can quickly turn the masses against a huge figure, but the ones that are truly great can arise from any situation a winner. In many ways Kendrick’s album was his Super Bowl win, and Brady’s win his To Pimp A Butterfly.