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Exclusive: The Interesting Hip-Hop Tastes Of Bernard Hopkins

(AllHipHop News) Bernard Hopkins has accomplished just about every obstacle thrown his way, but when he’s getting ready to fight, guess what he rocks to.

2 Chaiiiinnzzzzzzzzz?

“I’m different, I’m different,” Bernard, 48, says over dinner, between media stops. “I like 2 Chainz. I came in [the ring] on to “I’m Different” (The song by 2 Chainz). I like two of his songs.”

Being different is an understatement. The fighting legend is a walking, fighting miracle. Last month, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest boxing champion in history, in a crushing defeat of 30-year-old Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight championship. He beat the record he set two years ago.

But, when he gets down to fight, the man known as The Executioner also appreciates a more familiar and viscous MC.

“I like DMX. I am a DMX fan,” he continued. “Philly has some up-and-coming talent I like. I like a certain type of rap. I’m not into the poppin’ glitter rap and the [materialism” in rap.”

Ultimately, B-Hop revealed that his true love lies in Hip-Hop’s roots.

“I’m close to 50. I’m more of a Gil Scott Heron guy,” the future Boxing Hall of Famer said. Gil Scott Heron, an acclaimed soul musician and poet, is widely regarded as one of the precursors to what would eventually spawn Hip-Hop.

At the days end, Bernard explained that he prefers music that nourishes the soul, even though he enjoys songs that hypes him up for the big fight.

“You gotta get the [Gil Scott Heron] stuff off eBay. I like a message. I like message in my music. I like music with a message that’s going to motivate me. The struggle still goes on. Its just different. Its just packaged different,” the Philly natives explained. “I’m glad that I have enough insight to understand that it exists. I tell people all the time. ‘I’m not from the Republican party. I’m not from the Democrat party. I’m from the party of Common Sense. Common sense is something that not everybody has.”

Who Bernard Hopkins fights next has yet to be determined, but the boxing world knows who he won’t fight.

That’s Andre Ward, the super middleweight champ. He said he’s heard the talk and he won’t fight his former protégée no matter how much money.

“Even if he says that he wants to fight me, I won’t fight him, because they are pushing him to say that,” Bernard told AllHipHop.com. Bernard says that he’s got a history of walking away from money like he did when he infamously refused to fight Roy Jones Jr over money. “I wound up giving him a pay day, because he needed me.”

At press time, Bernard was enjoying time with his fiancee, but also plotting his business moves as a managing partner of Golden Boy Promotions East Coast operations.

  • AK

    thats funny he likes dmx i always thought he looked like him

    • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

      cuz we all look alike? that’s messed up.

      • Guest

        green – your sayin’ he don’t look like dmx?

      • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

        I was joking. he does kinda look like x.

      • Guest

        green – then leave race card alone and STFU

      • The Undisputed Leader

        Damn, this ain’t my business but you told the nigga to STFU after he said he was jokin’? Cold as phuck!

        I’m not this lil white dude in the picture. I’m a nigga. I don’t want
        yall to think that a lil white boy on here sayin’ “nigga” and shit

      • Guest

        William – that’s because he’s comment shows he wasn’t jokin’ – but he seen he was wrong – and tried to cover it up – and nigga? – everybody call each other nigga now-adays – including white people.

      • Guest

        William – niggas are on the news all the time talking race cards when they’re wrong – enuff of that sh#t. – it shows no intelligence in making their point.

      • inearlydied

        hey guest why dont u STFU huh?

      • Sean Taylor

        Yeah William!

      • The Undisputed Leader

        Yeah, I know, I’m not one to pull race cards in situations unless it’s truly race-driven, but not for purposes of finding a scapegoat

      • The Undisputed Leader

        A lot of us still don’t accept white folks sayin’ nigga. In some circles it’s still taboo, so I was just lettin’ it be known because if I didn’t, people would probably be blowin’ up my comments with negative replies, then I’d have to reply to every one of them just to make sure that they see what the deal is/was.

        But um…@green_messiah:disqus only had like 1 comment to defend himself with and it was very short, so I’m really not sure how you would truly know if he was or wasn’t joking.

      • Guest

        William – I can see he wasn’t joking about his FIRST comment – the one lableled “18 hrs ago” – AS I SAID.

      • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

        sure thats what happened……..i wasnt joking at all. aren’t you too old for this site Carolyn?

      • Sean Taylor

        Nigga you white. Who types and puts apostrophe after their words? Bama azz

      • The Undisputed Leader

        Youza silly nigga. That shit that you said don’t even matter. Very unimportant

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  • Pop’Kins = G.O.A.T.

    25yrs in the ring!

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  • ‘I’m not from the Republican party. I’m not from the Democrat party. I’m
    from the party of Common Sense. Common sense is something that not
    everybody has

  • I knew it would be too good to see this man liking any true rappers.

    • Mitchell Patterson

      DMX isn’t a true rapper?! smh…

  • Dan_Tebasco

    “I like 2 Chainz. I came in [the ring] on to “I’m Different” (The song by 2 Chainz). I like two of his songs.” …If you like 2 of his songs you do NOT like him, more than likely you like the beat or something, everybody can make 2 good songs with the right producers guestfeatures etc, EVERYBODY… I bet I can find 2 songs by K-Fed I like if I tried hard enough…