(AllHipHop Opinion) Rapper and boxing go way back. Most people don't remember seeing LL Cool J on the back of his sophomore album punching a heavy bag, or later in his career screaming "Mama Said Knock You Out." They may not recall the closeness of Mike Tyson and Tupac or the beginnings of Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent’s failed friendship. The vast majority of folks can’t recall when Freddie Foxxx. Willie Dee of the Geto Boys, Melle Mel and others actually got in the ring, which resulted in rappers knocking out rappers (1992). And nobody can forget "Ya'll Musta Forgot" by Roy Jones, Jr. if you saw it.
At one point, in 2017, it looked like we’d see rappers bold enough to hip-hop in the ring when Soulja Boy and Chris Brown, backed by former boxer 50 Cent, Mike Tyson and others. It didn’t happen. But, Breezy is apparently about that fighting life since he recently challenged Cardi B’s spouse Offset to fisticuffs. For a while, it seemed like rappers would be regulated to leading the pugilists to the arena for battle. However, a new phenomenon has emerged - rappers boxing in the gym! Everybody from Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, and quite a few others, have taken to the Sweet Science. But, who has skills? Who’s fronting? And who is straight trash?
The results are wide and varied, often comedic. As a big boxing fan, I have resigned from posting any action pictures or video of me boxing, as it is now “a thing.” Rappers are not so reluctant. In fact, they openly boast their hand skills, perhaps to detour anybody that wants smoke.
With that, let’s check out the rappers that are getting their brains and bodies ready to fight, largely by hitting hair and inanimate objects.
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