NFL players turning to music is becoming a bit of a trend.
Le’Veon Bell released a rap song in 2016 and former NFL running back Arian Foster is heading to the recording booth, too. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick even reportedly was launching a record label last year, though it’s unclear how that’s progressed.
Kirkpatrick may have something to talk to new Bengals defensive tackle Andrew Brown about once Brown makes his way to Cincinnati for rookie minicamp this week.
The former Virginia star defender is very passionate about music and has released a quite a few tracks as a producer under the name “DrizoBeats”. You can check them out on Soundcloud (or below, too).
Brown has dealt with more than his fair share of hardship, which comes across in the tracks, such as “6:4SHOTZ” and “Peaceful Rest”. I just spent about a half hour listening to some of his stuff and I’m pretty impressed. With that said, music isn’t something I know all that much (or anything) about... But I’m impressed.
“Music is most definitely my dream job,” Brown said in a 2017 interview with VirginiaSports.com. “It’s been something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. Especially after my mom passed away, my grandma enrolled me in piano lessons.”
Brown has been studying music since eighth grade and though music might be his dream job, his new job as a defensive lineman for the Bengals certainly has him excited, too.
“My experiences have molded me into the man I am today, to be able to deal with adversity and rise above it and become something of it,” Brown said.
Brown does some rapping, too, as seen in the below video (around the 4:50 mark) in which he raps to a special guest at the Cavaliers’ practice. Look how happy it made him!
Brown even chose to attend Virginia because they had a music production major in addition to him being able to play football in the ACC. We’ll see if he continues to explore his music while in Cincinnati.