8 Killer Plays From the Hip-Hop Playbook – If Rap Was a Sport…

It’s game time. With football season officially underway tonight, New Orleans vs. Minnesota in prime time, XXL tore eight pages from various NFL playbooks to breakdown the strategies of your favorite rappers. Red, double X… White, letter L… Hut… Hut… Write!

Play: 23 Option
Formation: Wildcat
Goal: A creative run or pass option for a running back.

This play, developed in the college ranks, has become a lethal weapon for NFL offensive coordinators and a nightmare for defenses to defend. Similar to how Kanye West has become a monster to contain for opposing rappers. With the running back lined up in shotgun behind the center, the QB is either out of the game or lined up as receiver. Given the creative options here to run or pass, there’s no telling what a maverick like Mr. West is likely to do in the Wildcat. However, it’s likely that ’Ye will try to keep the ball for himself.

Here’s what that play looks like on tape:

Play: Havoc
Formation: Spread Offense
Goal: Get the ball to the star wide receiver (Drake) who’s a big play (big hit) threat on every possession.

Ideal for a talent-laden squad like Young Money, Havoc calls for the team to set up in a spread offense designed for a flashy aerial attack. It’s the right play call if you’re trying to pick up big chunks of yardage, or cash money. Three wide receivers line up on the left side, with one WR isolated on the right. As good as the rest of the YM roster may be, Drizzy has pretty much been singled out as the one. The objective of the lone pass catcher on the right is to beat his defender on a slant and get behind the safety. If the WR does that, the QB should hit him in stride for a score. This has long been a bread and butter play for Drake and Wayne, who have connected on quite a few big plays since 2009.

Here’s what it looks like on tape:

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  • W. J. Rice

    First off: This isn’t a diss to the writer by any stretch

    The premise behind this article is interesting

    The layout was prepared flawlessly

    But the final product is trite and stale. If anyone would have wrote this, I would say the same thing. There was no way anyone could have made this a interesting product passed the idea stage.

    It just comes off so damn corny.

    I apologize if I offended the writer because I’m not. It’s well written. I just think this was an idea better left on the cutting room.

  • El Tico Loco

    This looks like the premise for a conversation that woulda had to involve Madden, music, and weed.

    • tysonmike

      check, check and.. check.

    • DV8


  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Bawse!!! Ricky Ross!!!

  • gary

    lol rick ross fake punt

  • This is bs

    Why do you guys do the weakest articles on the most boring part of the week? Now there’s really nothing to do.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Play: Fake FG/Punt
    Formation: Punt
    Goal: Fool everyone


  • DV8

    didnt officer rick play college ball? i think i heard that somewhere.

  • R2j

    I like Jay-Z and Beanie’s play but…

    Goal: Fool Everyone.


  • http://dylearnnewthings.info/ Stuart Aybar

    Excellent report, well written I have to admit.