Exclusives 10 July 2021

GRM Exclusive: 7 Times The worlds Of Football & Music Collided

10 July 2021
Football & Music GRM

With the England Football team taking part in the Euro finals for the first time in history, we thought now would be the perfect time to have a look at seven times our worlds have collided. Take in our list of the seven times music and football have collided. Let us know if we missed any on the socials!

LOTM6: Bradley Wright-Phillips Vs Yannick Bolasie

In 2014, footballers Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yannick Bolasie sent for each other with football-based bars such as “Chase man down til he pulls his hammy” as part of the 2016 Lord of the Mics hype sessions.

While speaking to The Voice, Bolasie said “Bradley has been my friend for a long time, he’s like an older brother to me, we both have a love for MCing so clashing on LOTM 6 was a chance for us to show our abilities and clash for the public to see.”

Furthermore, both footballers got praise from viewers on YouTube, with some claiming that BWP is better at being an MC than a footballer, and some comparing Bolasie’s flow to legendary grime MC Griminal. 

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba announcement video featuring Stormzy:

Stormzy has always made his support for Manchester United clear, which has been acknowledged by the club with Stormzy’s involvement in the 2016 away shirt launch that he took part in with David Beckham. However, Stormzy’s most notable involvement with Manchester United came with the announcement of the signing of Paul Pogba, with Stormzy performing “Nigo Duppy” with Pogba dabbing and Milly Rocking for the video. 

Drake scoring past Didier Drogba

Drake’s involvement with football is seen to be mostly negative, due to the ‘Drake curse’ being blamed for the misfortunes of sportsmen/women (In 2019, Roma’s English twitter account tweeted that “All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season”).

However, in 2015 Drake appeared to strike up a friendship with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, even managing to score a penalty past Drogba in his own garden.


When Leicester City won the Premier League in 2015, a group of MCs from Leicester called The Squad released a track called “Fearless” about the Foxes’ rise to the top. In fact, one of The Squad, Kamakaze, is also a footballer himself who currently plays for the National League side Dagenham & Redbridge and has previously played for Luton Town in League Two.

Kamakaze was also a part of Leicester’s academy and said in an interview with Red Bull: “I was in the youth team with Jeff Schlupp and Liam Moore – we’ll Snapchat now and then”.

“Thiago Silva” – Dave x AJ Tracey

Other than “Drogba” by Afro B, this is probably the most viewed song with a footballer’s name in its title, and it’s easy to see why. With its classic sample (“Pied Piper” by Ruff Squad) and hard-hitting vocals, this song is definitely worthy of having Thiago Silva’s name as its title. It’s yet to be seen whether Dave or AJ Tracey will perform this song as much as they used to, now that Thiago Silva is a Chelsea player.

“Shout For England” – Dizzee Rascal & James Corden

Despite the fact that this song features Dizzee Rascal and peaked at number one in the official charts, it failed to have any impact on an England side that was beaten 4-1 by Germany in the round of 16. Krept and Konan join Dizzee Rascal as rappers who’ve tried their hand at football anthems.

Jaykae Gets a buss down Birmingham City chain

It’s no secret that Jaykae is a die hard Birmingham City fan. A cursory look at his Twitter will uncover all manner of rants and fandom. But what better way to swear his allegiance to the club than getting an iced out replica of the badge on a chain?

Let us know on the socials if we missed any!

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