February 25, 2009 12:28 PM
Yo ESPN Raps
Any day now, Chris Berman is going to do a back-back-back-back-beat box. Is the beat box still big in rap?
Heck, I don't know what's good in rap -- but I do know ESPN is tapping into the pool of rappers for opinions. Having half the pool of retired NFL players as analysts isn't enough. Neither is giving face time to one-half of the working sports print media.
Now we've got Lil' Wayne, Bow Wow and 50 Cent showing up on ESPN, weighing in on various sports topics. Wait -- wasn't 50 Cent named in a steroids probe last year? I missed the question on that topic.
Wouldn't you be interested to hear what Stevie Wonder thinks about the world of sports? Don't laugh. He's been seated at courtside on more than one occasion. Old-school R&B knows about sports. Country-western folk, rock 'n roll, rock and punk rock too. Don't ask me about techno.
I'm just saying if you're going to give rap some face time, give all genres some love.
Makes sense, I guess. You've got a lot of athletes that want to be rap stars and plenty of rap stars who want to be athletes.
Salary cap. Bust a cap. It all works.