While the number of athletes who record music is rapidly growing every year, it remains a rare sight to find those who are talented and committed. Throughout the NBA, we've seen Damian Lillard and Iman Shumpert legitimize themselves as rappers but in the NFL? It was hard to think of anybody until Darren Waller entered the picture.
Darren Waller Displays His Passion and Talent For Music
Waller, a multi-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders, has been making music for a few years at the tune of various singles, music videos, and his 2021 LP, Delusions of Clarity. Under his real name, the Raiders' star raps about real-life perspectives and personal struggles, a far cry from his athletic counterparts who rather rap about their riches and fame.
But besides his interest, Waller's connection to music goes back to his family. Thomas "Fats" Waller, a legendary jazz musician, is Darren's great-grandfather and is recognized as the first black man to write the score for a Broadway musical. History of that magnitude would later inspire the athlete/rapper's musical journey, as he explained in a recent interview with Andscape.
You can click here if you want to know more about Darren Waller and his music. Besides releasing a new music video (which can be seen above us), he also dropped another one at the beginning of June. We're excited to see what's next for Waller's music career!