Clint Dempsey releases first single from his new rap album

Clint Dempsey releases first single from his new rap album

Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 16, 2014; Natal, BRAZIL; USA forward Clint Dempsey flies through the air after being upended in the second half against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas.

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by KELLY WHITE, USA TODAY Sports 'For The Win'

NWCN.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 3:30 PM

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Clint Dempsey released the first single from his new rap album, “The Redux”, on Wednesday, and well, it’s certainly better than Ronaldinho’s.

On “It’s Poppin”, Dempsey raps faster than a 30-second goal. He talks about scoring G’s out on the green, his humble Texas roots (See my followers I’m not common/Though I was raised off that ramen), his life on the road and his good fortune.

The album will be released in coming months with a portion of the proceeds going to the East Texas Food Bank. His first album “Don’t Tread” came out in 2006.

Watch "Don't Tread" music video

During the offseason, Dempsey, who goes by “Deuce” for his music, spent two weeks in Los Angeles to record the 13-track album with friend and rapper XO.

“We just were having fun with it and it ended up being an album,” Dempsey told the Wall Street Journal.

You can listen to “It’s Poppin” in the WSJ piece or download it at Dempsey’s website deuceandxo.com. (Rondaldinho’s regrettable rap can be heard here.)

Four days before the United States meets Portugal, perhaps the rap will give the Americans more of a Pepe-like edge:

I never claimed to be gangsta/You can bet that I’m real/When half of these gangsta’s real as a three dolla bill

“We’re not known as a soccer powerhouse—we’re almost known for being soft. But Clint has this edge,” producer Mike Chehade told the WSJ.

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