When NFL star Melvin Ingram isn’t racking up tackles on Sundays, he’s busy scribbling down lyrics. On Friday (Aug. 25), the Los Angeles Chargers standout teamed up with Miami rapper BZZY — also known as Bizzy Crook — for their collaborative mixtape Reap What You Sow.
“We met awhile back at one of my shows and we just vibed out,” Bzzy tells Billboard. “When I found out about his music, I was intrigued because I never really listened to an athlete’s music I could really bump. We linked up in L.A. and had instant chemistry. We just made music in the house, had fun and ended up doing something that’s never been done before. I think people will be impressed by RWYS and shocked by how natural of an artist Mel is.”
The burly locomotive that is Ingram isn’t only aggressive on the field, but also in the studio. His beastly approach is quickly proving to be an indelible trademark in the rap game. With RWYS officially out, Ingram hopes his peers will respect his duality in both sports and music.
“Me being an athlete that does music, it gets tricky and weird ’cause soon as people see ‘athlete and music,’ they don’t take me serious, but music has always been something that I have took serious my whole life,” says Ingram who recently inked a $66 million dollar contract with the Chargers.
“With Bizzy being an artist that I respect and a friend, whenever we in the same city or state, we always link. So when we linked up in L.A., the vibe was crazy,” he continues. “We started off just making music in the crib and that turned into recording a project in three days that’s going to change the world and the culture of athletes and artists making good music.”
Take a listen to their new EP Reap What You Sow, which was produced by Tre Pounds of 808 Mafia below.