The world watched in awe as Michael Phelps set a new Olympic gold standard Wednesday, winning the
10th and 11th titles of his career. Competing in his third Olympics, Phelps surpassed Olympic legends Carl Lewis, Paavo
Nurmi, Larysa Latynina, and Mark Spitz, who all won nine
golds in their careers respectively.
most athletes know, music can help create a winning mind-frame. Boxers
often walk out to the ring with their favorite track blaring in the
background. Football and basketball teams can usually be found getting
amped up in the locker room to a playlist of songs specifically
designed to gear them up for the game. So what does an 11-time
Olympic gold medalist listen to while readying himself to break more
world records? He calls upon the current gold medalist in Hip Hop–Lil Wayne.
When asked by The Today Show what music he listens to while preparing to swim, Phelps paused before replying “Lil Wayne– ‘I’m Me'” which includes the champion-themed lyrics:
“The hottest under the sun/ aint nobody fuckin’ wit me, man/ and
you already know that pimpin’/…fuck up my dreams; somebody gon’ die
tonight” and “Aint nothin’ gonna stop me, so just envy it/ Hey,
I’ll accept a friendly quit/ I’m me/ bitch, I’m me/ so who you?/ you’re
not me/ you’re not me/ and I know that aint fair, but i don’t care”
Lil Wayne, a champion in his own right, has sold over 2 million copies of Tha Carter 3 in only eight weeks–a feat almost unheard of in today’s slumped music industry.
HipHopDX congratulates both Phelps and Lil Wayne for their tremendous success.