A few weeks ago, Waka Flocka confirmed his fandom for Atlanta United. That got us thinking at Dirty South Soccer. If every Atlanta-based rapper played soccer, who would we include in the starting XI? Considering the shear volume of talent that has come out the A, this was obviously tough to decide on. However, we did our best and here it is.
NOTE: This is not a list of our Top 11 Atlanta rappers. We did our best to incorporate eleven rappers into a meaningful starting XI.
Goalkeeper: 2 Chainz is as truuu as it gets to the city of Atlanta. He’s also 6’5, a great size for any keeper.
Defenders: Give me three guys that have better chemistry than Quavo, Takeoff and Offset do at the moment. I dare you. That familiarity with one another bodes well for any backline.
Midfield: Arguably the most underrated emcee to ever grace the city, the grammy-award winning Killer Mike is admittedly getting up there in age. However, with his experience, a spot at holding mid could do wonders for a young group of defenders.
Young Jeezy, T.I. and Ludacris are legends in their own right. They helped fill the mainstream void left by Outkast in the mid to late 2000’s. A case can be made for all three to be on the “Mount Rushmore” of Atlanta rappers.
I decided to include Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, because of his versatility. He’s an actor, comedian and writer, as well as a rapper. That adaptability is a key attribute in the eyes of Tata Martino. Glover also directed a television show that’s literally called “Atlanta”. Include the fact he saluted his teammates, Migos, on national television for the work they’ve done, and that tells me he’ll work well with his fellow ATLiens. In Gambino we trust.
Forwards: Who else could it be? Not only did Andre 3000 and Big Boi create the only rap album to ever win a Grammy for Album of the Year, but Outkast were the first Atlanta rappers to garner national notoriety. That forward thinking(get it?) makes Outkast a perfect striker pairing.
There is a great mix of proven veterans and exciting young talent in this starting XI. Quite frankly, I would put this team of rappers against any other in the nation.
What do you guys think? Any notable omissions?