Ballin' Out Podcast: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 'Good Goodbye' Video & NFL Tight End Martellus Bennett on His Rap Talents
Don't call it a comeback: Ballin' Out returns with Episode 20 starring Linkin Park's Chester Bennington plus Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett.
First up, Bennington brings his hot takes on basketball, as the Phoenix Suns loyalist offers his opinion on the highly debated MVP vote: "Honestly, if Russell Westbrook doesn't win the MVP for what he's accomplished this year, then the whole idea of having an MVP candidate at all is meaningless to me, at this point."
Meanwhile, Bennett -- the NFL star (who won this year's Super Bowl as part of the New England Patriots), father, husband, author, creative director of the Imagination Agency, and rapper, who recently dropped his EP I'm Not a Rapper But Some of My Friends Are in March -- puts all his talents on display.
"There's this negative connotation that goes around with athletes rapping but I don't really view myself as a rapper," says Bennett, whose long-time friends (like MatchbBoxTony and David Allen Dope) contributed to his EP. "I just view myself as a creative, so I'll just find as many facets and mediums to tell different stories to express myself so I thought it would be important to tell people, 'Hey, I'm not a rapper but I do have some bars...' It's kinda cool because a lot of my friends are rappers, and it's just making sure that they understand that I don't take their genre and their creative format for granted."
Elsewhere on the podcast, Bennington recalls working with "the greatest player of all time" in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Linkin Park's "Good Goodbye" video (Note: this interview took place before the visual dropped), and teaming with Jay Z for the 2004 collaborative EP Collision Course. "It was a great high point in our career, and it was a lot of fun to work with Jay," he says, before joking, "We'll still hang out every once in a while, but we're certainly not as close to him as [Coldplay's] Chris Martin is."
Bennett also delves into the playlists of the Patriots and Packers locker rooms, his favorite artists, his obsession with dinosaurs and how he balances a stacked workload, plus much more.
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