Boxer Adrian Broner becomes the latest athlete-turned-rapper (or at least the latest one to release a project), as he debuts his first mixtape Wanted. The 13-song project balances hardcore hip-hop and soulful accounts of his trials through life, even dealing with his experience from his arrest in Vegas. No, seriously, in his intro song, a freestyle over “The Race,” AB references his arrest, Las Vegas and TMZ’s apparent phony report on his warrant. “F— Nevada! I ain’t goin’ to that state!” It’s safe to say Broner doesn’t want to deal with the Sin City anymore, which will be hard to do as a boxer.
Surprisingly, Broner attracted the likes of talented and renowned producers 808 Mafia, Chaz Guapo, Zaytoven and Metro Boomin for his tape, which is impressive for anyone putting out a debut tape.
The About Billions CEO does a good job on the tape mixing up his flow and lyricism from each song, with none of them sounding like the infamous “mumble rap” style that is seemingly hot right now on the hip-hop scene (looking at you, millennials).
“As fans know firsthand from following his well-documented journey, the 28-year-old has plenty of material to choose from, such as his facing previous charges of domestic violence, robbery and intimidating a witness, all of which have since been dropped,” – Revolt
Broner has gone on record saying that sports has saved his life and kept him out of the streets, and it looks like the four-time champ has found a new outlet to channel his rage and aggression…with a far less physical toll.
Making the jump from sports to hip hop is not an easy task, but looking at talents like Damian Lillard, Shaquille O’Neal, and Iman Shumpert, and even rapper Dave East, who played college basketball at Towson University and is exploding onto the scene, it’s certainly possible.
AB’s debut tape also features artists Cook LaFlare and B Luck, two Ohio natives like Broner.
All in all, Broner’s tape describes his life encounters, struggles, and successes, and talks about them with absolutely no remorse. For a debut tape, it is executed well and showcases AB’s all-around talent on the mic. Don’t get it twisted, this talent didn’t come overnight. You can check out one of his original freestyles here.
Want to see what all the hype is about? Check out Adrian Broner’s debut mixtape ‘Wanted’ below!