When you score in a World Cup match before the first minute has even elapsed, you have the power to do whatever the f*ck you please with the remainder of your life.
For U.S. men’s national team forward Clint Dempsey, that can-do-whatever ethos means dropping a 13-track rap album.
From The Wall Street Journal:
Unbeknown to his fans and teammates, the 31-year-old Mr. Dempsey spent two weeks in Los Angeles during the off-season recording a 13-track album, “The Redux,” which he and his friend, the rapper XO, plan to release in the months ahead. Using his artist name “Deuce,” Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player raps about going from rags to riches, “banging Gs” (scoring goals) and being “Captain America.”
“We just were having fun with it and it ended up being an album,” said Mr. Dempsey, who collaborated with rappers and producers from his hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas. One of them, Mike Chehadé, said that if nothing else, the record could help make the U.S. team seem a little more intimidating.
The first track off The Redux, “It’s Poppin’,” debuted early today on The Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy blog–because of course the Journal has a Hip-Hop drop–and it features XO. Find that here. The aforementioned “Don’t Tread” featured Deuce and late Houston rapper Big Hawk, which you can listen to below.
However, we’re a little bit uneasy about the timing of this news. When Dempsey released “Don’t Tread” and its album, the Americans flamed out of the World Cup before the knock-out rounds with three losses. Currently, they have a win, and a point (a tie) from Sunday’s game against Portugal would have them thinking passage to the second round. But the superstitious among us would rather have seen him deliver this drop after the World Cup.
No word yet on a release date or platform for The Redux. A portion of the album’s proceeds will go to the East Texas Food Bank.