According to his social accounts, Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro running back and part-time MC Le’Veon Bell was set to release his album 26 Savage on July 21. That day came and went with no album and no explanation. While the world waits for Bell to drop, we listed five things we’d like to see from the upcoming project.
A 21 Savage Feature:
Bell draws his rap name from “Issa rapper” and Amber Rose’s boyfriend, 21 Savage, an Atlanta rapper that has arrived on the rap scene in the last couple years. It’s easy to tell that Bell is influenced by 21 Savage through his mild-mannered delivery and affinity for mellow, Metro Boomin-type beats. While Bell only had two features on his 16-track Post Interview album, released March 24, who knows what could happen on this project. Bell certainly has the name recognition to get a verse from 21 Savage.
Comments On His Contract Negotiations:
The Steelers placed the exclusive franchise tag on Bell February 27, a one-year deal worth more than $12 million. The move gave Pittsburgh more time to negotiate a long-term deal with Bell, but the two parties failed to come to an agreement before the July 17, 4 p.m. deadline. It’ll be interesting to see if Bell has any words directed to Steelers management regarding their inability to give him a deal he deemed worthy of accepting. Following the July 17 deadline, Bell issued a cryptic tweet that many believed to be about his contract negotiations.
I guess I just gotta get better…
— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) July 17, 2017
Some Bragging About His Play:
Bell is without a doubt one of the top running backs, and offensive weapons, in the NFL. The two-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro back ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games last year, along with 75 receptions for 616 yards and two scores. His awkward but patient, stop-and-go running style separates him from any current running back and has even led some to proclaim that he has changed the running back position. While that last claim is debatable, Bell’s greatness on the field is not. Rappers often come on the mic with braggadocios rhymes about their money and whatnot, and Bell should be no different with his play on the field.
Namedropping The “Killer B’s”:
— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) May 24, 2017
The “Killer B’s” are made up of Bell, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown. The three players create arguably the best QB-RB-WR trio in the league and with all of them on the field and healthy, the Steelers offense becomes almost unstoppable. Bell can’t go wrong with showing some love to his fellow offensive teammates.
A Shoutout To His Roots:
Bell was born in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and is a product of Groveport, where he attended Groveport Madison High School. While in high school, he starred in football, basketball, and field and track, before accepting a scholarship and becoming a standout running back at Michigan State University. He has remained connected with high school alma mater, donating money towards a turf field in May. In rap albums, it’s customary for artists to shout out the areas that they came from and it’s not a far reach to assume that Bell will do the same.