Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) cornerback Jabrill Peppers may be ranked No. 2 overall in the Rivals150, but when it comes to laying down slick lyrics on a hot track, you’d be hard pressed to find any high school athlete that eclipses him.
“Of course I think I’m the best rapper in high school football,” said Peppers, a Michigan commit. “I try to be the best at everything I do; rap is no different. I have to think I’m the best; it’s just who I am.”
That’s why it really struck a chord with Peppers Tuesday when rapper Kendrick Lamar sent social media into a frenzy with his verse on Big Sean’s Control, where he, among other things, called out popular rappers, said Phil Jackson couldn’t coach him and claimed to be the “King of New York.”
“What Kendrick did was the equivalent of a football player running a four-second 40 time!” said Peppers, who released his single “Don’t Take It Personal” in the spring and even rapped his announcement for Michigan on ESPN. “It really inspired me. I think the rap game needed that verse because it was a call for competition. He raised the bar. As a rapper I can respect that.”
Peppers “specifically liked” when Lamar rapped about his friendships with other rappers having no bearing on his attempt to conquer them lyrically.
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“I loved that,” Peppers said. “That’s how I am on the field. I’m cool with other players, but when we’re on that field I’m trying to be the best, and I’ll do whatever it takes to be the best. Whatever. So I can definitely relate to that. I just respected the whole verse. It’s definitely made me want to raise my level of production in the booth and on the field. I want to dominate both even more after hearing that.”
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