The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
There are a lot of reasons to read Daniel Taylor’s profile of Ryan Babel in the Guardian: the look inside Amsterdam’s crime-ridden Bijlmermeer, the subtle evocation of Babel’s uneasy marriage of gentleness and unpredictability. But anyone who’s seen the videos of Babel rapping that have circulated online will probably want to take this passage with a grain of salt:
Babel has a studio at home and has put out a number of records under the name Rio, including one collaboration with his Holland international team-mate Royston Drenthe. His lyrics could make Eminem blush – sample: “you can see this nigga with number 19/I can’t even spend all my money/keep your daughter inside or you will be my family”.
Somehow I think Eminem could stand it.
by Brian Phillips · November 17, 2008