The athlete side hustle goes way beyond endorsements. Some of your favorites are out here starting second careers in the the music industry. Some just make diss tracks, like Mike Tyson when he inserted himself in the Chris Brown vs. Soulja Boy beef, and others are producing entire albums. Make sure to add these songs by your favorite athletes to your workout playlist.

Martellus Bennett

Just last week the Green Bay packers tight end released the EP “I’m Not A Rapper But Some Of my Friends Are.” Available on SoundCloud, Bennett takes the lead on these five new songs, but includes his more musically inclined friends MatchBoxTony, David Allen Dope, Keith Jacobs, Low Down, Franchise Tief and Shaud Money.

Source: SoundCloud
Source: SoundCloud

Le’Veon Bell

Juice, as he is known in the music industry, released an entire album earlier this year called “Post Interview.” The track list includes “Shrimp Bayless,” the Pittsburgh Steelers running back’s diss track against sports commentator Skip Bayless.

Metta World Peace

Formerly known as Ron Artest, the Los Angeles Lakers small forward is no stranger to the the music industry. His latest “Free Your Mind” is complete with a video featuring a series of other artists.  

Chad Thomas

Thomas is only a college athlete, playing football for the University of Miami, but he is getting big play on the field and in the studio. He produced the intro track “Apple Of My Eye” to Rick Ross’ latest album “Rather You Than Me,” under his producer name Major Nine.

Iman Shumpert

It must be a couple thing! Just like wife Teyana Taylor, the Cleveland Cavaliers player is making music too. “His Story” does not stray far from the title, and details Shumpert’s life from his upbringing to his 2016 DUI arrest.

Damian Lillard

Known as Dame D.O.L.L.A. in the rap game, the Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard has come a long way since his 2015 single. Late October he put out a full album “The Letter O” full of legendary features including Lil Wayne and Jamie Foxx. Make sure you check out “Legacy,” his track featuring Juvenile.

Caroline Wozniaki

Most athletes have decided to try their hand at rapping, but tennis player Caroline Wozniaki has all you EDM fans covered. While her first, only and latest track is from 2012, the beats in “Oxygen” will keep you going mile after mile.

posted on 04/05/2017 by Jenna Milliner-Waddell
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