It’s Super Bowl week and all eyes are on NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Media days are being held, final practices are occurring, players are getting themselves right to play the game of their life. There’s a lot going on and a lot of personalities, celebrities and more in attendance.
Going hand in hand as they commonly do is sports and hip-hop. Parties will be led by rappers and hip-hop figures, such as Drake’s four-night soiree at The Ballet in H-Town, and attended by your favorite ball players such as Odell Beckham Jr. It’s the one time of the year that the two worlds fully collide. But make no mistake about it, when it comes to the action on the field a win for the Atlanta Falcons is a win for hip-hop.
Let’s be honest, if you live outside of Boston 99 times out of 100 you hate the New England Patriots and it’s easy to do so. Deflategate, constant winning, the demeanor that is associated with Coach Brian Belichick and the Tom Brady bunch rubs many the wrong way. Many fans in and out of hip-hop will align with the ATL Gridiron Gang. But if we are talking pure appeal of hip-hop with the Pats, where is it? Reports from the media during this week have been about how their coach and star quarterback are dodging Donald Trump support questions. We all know that isn’t hip-hop.
But let’s examine the NFL for a second. When you think of the franchises in the league there aren’t many that hold a strong hip-hop following like the Dirty Birds. Sure, Lil Wayne loves the Green Bay Packers, the Raiders have love on the West Coast due to their time in Los Angeles and Oakland, but the love for the Falcons can surpass them all.
The support for the ATL team is evident as recent as this most recent playoff push. The divisional round brought Future, petty move or not, and Bow Wow to the sidelines and placed the likes of Gucci Mane, Jeezy and more in the stands. The love was shown on social media from YFN Lucci to Migos, who have been petitioned to replace Lady Gaga at halftime.
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But if we are looking at the hip-hop connection of the Falcons we don’t have to rely on present day relevancy. There is no quarterback that was more universally accepted in hip-hop and urban culture as a result of his play on the gridiron than Michael Vick. His weekly dazzling displays as the helm of the team in the mid-2000s brought him into lyrics, on the backs of jersey wearers across America and even the subjects of complete songs like the Jay Electronica developed “A Prayer for Michael Vick and T.I. (We Love You Family).”
Speaking of rap references the Atlanta Falcons have long been a staple in the bars of your favorite artists way back to Ludacris’s sexcapades on the 50 yard line of the Georgia Dome in “What’s Your Fantasy” to 2 Chainz losing a hundred racks on the Falcons on “Countin” or Guwop’s casual want to buy the team and rename them the East Atlanta Birds.
But the most hip-hop factor that can be attributed to the Falcons is the aforementioned nickname, The Dirty Birds. If you flip back over a decade the Falcons found themselves in the Super Bowl and were led by Jamal Anderson’s standout year that resulted in 14 touchdowns and the dancing celebration known as “The Dirty Bird.” Arm flapping and a rhythmic bop was infused with a hip-hop flare and resonated through the players, coaches, and fans, which Anderson told ESPN in his magical 1998 year “people break out and do the Dirty Bird in the strangest places.
As Sunday draws near, food is ordered, liquor bought and plans are made, you may have your head in the air on who you will root for if your home or favorite team is not represented. But when you pull up to the crib and “Bad and Boujee” blasts or your favorite hip-hop song is played, there is for sure one pick that will satisfy your inner hip-hop soul.
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