If A-League Men clubs were rappers

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Have you ever considered which hip-hop artists best resembled your A-League Men’s club?

Sydney FC – Kanye West

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Undoubtedly one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, Kanye West’s discography is unmatched. He has the awards to prove it too, with 21 Grammys to his name. Similarly, Sydney FC is the most decorated club in A-League Men’s history with five championships and four premierships, making them a perfect match.

Melbourne Victory – Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar really made the 2010s his own, with three critically acclaimed albums and arena tours worldwide. However, it’s been four years since his last album DAMN. was released and fans have been left waiting for his return ever since. Likewise, after so much success over the years, Melbourne Victory fans have been without finals football for the past two seasons and will be desperate to make a return.

Macarthur FC – Doja Cat

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This might seem quite weird but stay with me for a second. Doja Cat burst onto the rap scene in 2021 with her album ‘Planet Her’. You simply couldn’t escape her voice this year as she dominated the charts, radio and Tik-Tok. While Macarthur’s arrival hasn’t had the same impact on the A-League Men, they currently find themselves in first place and will be hoping to enjoy the same success as their rapping counterpart. (Also, she has a song called Moo.)

Brisbane Roar – Eminem

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What does a rapper from Detroit and a football team from Brisbane have in common, more than you would expect. There’s no denying Slim Shady is a legend in hip-hop, with a career spanning 24 years that has solidified his status for many as the GOAT. In 2011 and 2012, Brisbane Roar led by Ange Postecoglou were at the top of their game and are considered one of the best teams to have graced the A-League Men. However, both Eminem and Brisbane have declined over the years, leaving fans wondering if they will ever get back to their best.

Perth Glory – 50 Cent

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They’ve certainly had their moments, Perth Glory’s 2018-19 Premiers Plate and 50 Cent’s 2003 classic Get Rich or Die tryin’ come to mind. However, they’ve also had their fair share of financial problems over the years, Glory’s 2015 salary cap breach or the rapper filing for bankruptcy for instance. For much of their careers, they’ve been in the shadow of their more successful colleagues and haven’t quite lived up to their potential.

Central Coast Mariners – Nas

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As one of the founding clubs, Central Coast Mariners have been a constant in the A-League over the 15 years since its inception. Likewise, the longevity of Nas career is unmatched in hip-hop, more than 25 years on from his debut album, he is still releasing quality music today. While both may not have got the recognition they deserve, true fans know what they have brought to their respective fields.

Melbourne City – Drake

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Love them or hate them, you can’t deny their success in 2021. Melbourne City completed the double, claiming their maiden Premiers Plate and championship. While Drake released his long-awaited album, Certified Lover Boy which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 613,000 units.

Wellington Phoenix – Post Malone

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They both know what it’s like to be the odd one out. As the only New-Zealand side in the competition, Wellington Phoenix have not always been accepted by their Australian opponents and have even been on the receiving end of the #nixout movement. Likewise, Post Malone’s newer style of rap hasn’t always endeared him to long-time hip-hop fans, and he may not get the same level of respect as his fellow artists.

Adelaide United – J Cole

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Adelaide United have enjoyed their time in the A-League Men with the highlight being their championship and Premiers Plate double in 2016. J Cole may not be considered the greatest rapper of his generation, but there’s no doubting he’s established a large fan base and put out some great music over the years. While both can take the next step, their careers up to now have been solid, if not spectacular.

Western Sydney Wanderers – Lil Nas X

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They have both made history and have brought some much-needed excitement in both hip-hop and the A-League Men. Lil Nas X came onto the scene with his smash hit Old Town Road, which became the longest-running No.1 in hot 100 history. While Western Sydney won the 2014 AFC Champions League at their first attempt and becoming the first Australian side to ever lift the title.

Newcastle Jets – Lauryn Hill

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She released her classic debut album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ in 1998 and fans have been waiting ever since for a follow-up. Similarly, it’s been 13 years since Newcastle Jets won their first A-League Men championship. Jets fans will be hoping their silverware drought isn’t as long.

Western United – Jack Harlow

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You don’t quite know where they came from, but they’re here and they’re making their mark. Western United had an impressive debut season in 2019/20, finishing fifth and reaching a semi-final, losing to Melbourne City 2-0. Jack Harlow also made quite an impression with his hit song What’s Poppin in 2020, reaching the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100. While they are both fresh faces, the signs are promising so far and they have the potential to make an impact.

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Lachlan Allen
Lachlan is a recent Journalism graduate from Curtin University. He will be covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-league season

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