He inspired a nation eight years ago with a rap track for Nike called "Don't Tread" and he's been teasing us ever since with the occasional freestyle on demand. But now U.S. captain Clint Dempsey is finally giving the people what they've been begging for in the form of a full length rap album set to be released after the World Cup.
The album from the man who scored just 29 seconds into the U.S.'s 2-1 win over Ghana and played most of the match with his nose bent in eight different directions after it was broken by a high kick from an opponent is titled "The Redux" and will have 13 tracks. It features collaborations with rapper XO, who joined Dempsey on "Don't Tread," and others from his home state of Texas. The Wall Street Journal, which has the album's first single (because where else would you stream a rap song?), says it will come out "in the months ahead."
According to the album's executive producer, Mike Chehade, it could help the U.S. team shed its image of "being soft." Assuming such a thing could be said about a team that's been making a habit of scoring late winners in the World Cup.
The Wall Street Journal says that Dempsey hasn't spoken about the album to avoid accusations of not being focused on his day job at such an important time and likely won't change that policy until after the tournament ends. Chehade added that a portion of the proceeds from "The Redux" will go to the East Texas Food Bank.
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