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Game, Set, Rap

Monday, May 14, 2012

On Friday, the internet was all abuzz with Serena Williams. Yes, she beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in a Madrid Open quarterfinal. But the real news was the leak from an apparently forthcoming rap track. The tennis star is just the latest athlete to get behind the mic – joining the ranks of boxer Manny Pacquiao, basketball great Shaquille O’Neal and even the ‘86 Mets. Today, NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca joins us for a look back at what happens when athletes get into the music game. 


Mike Pesca

Comments [19]

Alistair from inwood

Speaking of wrestlers what about Macho Man's album "Be A Man"- the title track is a diss on Hogan!

May. 14 2012 02:34 PM

This episode is just a tiny bit better than the lady with the Phd in "Reggaeton"!!


May. 14 2012 02:33 PM
John from Brooklyn

Hulkamaniac. Scarred for life.

May. 14 2012 02:32 PM
kevin from upper LS

manny p, u can't sing,shut the hell up please. btw- i think non-north american athletes, are more comfortable with showing a soft or romantic side,than their U.S. counterparts. swagga' is not pandemic in the rest of the world.

May. 14 2012 02:30 PM
hilary in Brooklyn from Brooklyn

Does this count? I wasn't Rod Stewart a professional or semi-professional soccer player in Scotland before becoming, well, Rod Stewart? Not too shabby...

May. 14 2012 02:29 PM
Bob from Flushing

C'mon, John. Let's not equate someone who is simply reciting words over a manufactured soundtrack with an actual musician like Bernie Williams. It's an insult to Bernie's talent and all the years of work he's obviously invested in his muse.

May. 14 2012 02:28 PM
Sally from The Bronx

Although not an athlete Steve Martin does a credible job on his banjo. He put on a good show with his steep canyon rangers and was his usual funny self in your Greene Space.

May. 14 2012 02:27 PM
Neil from Vero Beach, FL

*JOHN Cena - not Mike.

May. 14 2012 02:23 PM
Aaron from Brooklyn

Scott Radinsky, who was a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and LA Dodgers among others was the lead singer of the punk bands Ten Foot Pole and Pulley in the early to mid nineties. They were signed to Epitaph Records. I saw them back then and it definitely wasn't a vanity project.

May. 14 2012 02:23 PM
Frank from Westchester

I saw Bernie Williams live in the city. He was very entertaining and put on a good show. As John said - would I have gone if he wasn't a Yankee. hhmmm maybe not.

May. 14 2012 02:22 PM
Neil from Vero Beach, FL

Proffesional wrestler Mike Cena appears on a song and in the video of underground hip hop star Murs's song H-U-S-T-L-E. He beats up random passers by and Murs in the video..very funny...and his lyrics were decent.

May. 14 2012 02:22 PM

These desperate grasps at "musical" subject matter are absolutely PAINFUL!!

John, you're a WHOLE lot smarter than this!!

May. 14 2012 02:21 PM
Bob from Flushing


You can still find it on YouTube--where it should stay for the rest of her career and beyond.

May. 14 2012 02:13 PM
Peter from Elizabeth, NJ

Serena shouldn't quit her day job. Oh wait - she does NOT like playing tennis. She hates it all the way to the bank!

These athletes think they can do everything

May. 14 2012 02:12 PM
Jon from Manhattan

While no fan of rap, Serena's attempt at rap can be summed up in the phrase, Double fault."

May. 14 2012 02:12 PM
Nick from UWS

Grade C pre-packaged corporate rap music: the music that can be made by people with absolutely no musical talent or ability.

May. 14 2012 02:11 PM
kevin from upper LS

it should be serena's right to do tennis,HER way. if others want to make it their religion,thats their perogative, and good for them.

May. 14 2012 02:11 PM
Bob from Flushing

The only lyric many would like to hear from Serena Williams is an admission that she is in fact a very sore loser, and that her behavior at the 2009 U.S. Open when, while losing her semi-final match to Kim Cleister, she waived her raquet menacingly at the head of a linesperson who dared call a foot fault. This was in addition to a barrage of obscenities that made Johnny Mac sound like a boy scout.

Give us a break.

May. 14 2012 02:10 PM
john from office

Proof of the further degrading of American society.

May. 14 2012 02:08 PM

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