DeSean Jackson is multi-hyphenate for the 21st century. He is a wide receiver and a punt returner for the Philadelphia Eagles. He's a quarterback competition predictor and a fascinating documentary subject. His latest project: Rapper.
Jackson recently released a single featuring Snoop Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion) called "Diamonds on My Neck." We can't embed the video because of a few slightly naughty lines from Snoop, but here are a few vital takeaways from the session:
1. It's Jackson's song, but he raps for just 21 seconds during a video that lasts 3 minutes and 25 seconds. He needs to work on that ratio if he wants to take the next step as a performer.
2. Sample line from Jackson: "That ice cold receiver/got them money bags like I'm freezing."
3. Compared to other athletes turned rappers, Jackson holds his own. I could see him as a potential replacement player who comes off the bench if any one of the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony guys came down with a cold.
4. Snoop and Jackson actually don't appear in the same scene together, but the production value of the Las Vegas-based video is rather high. Jackson must have spent some serious money to get Snoop on board and film.
5. The early reviews have not been kind.
"The most instantly forgettable song I've ever heard" -- Dan Hanzus.
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