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Move over Shaq; Alex Ovechkin plans to record a song with Eminem

Sep 28, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for ovechkinshoots.jpgMove over Shaq, you have new competition in the potentially-regrettable field of famous athletes becoming recording artists. Russian news outlet Pravda passes along word that Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will record a song with moderately washed up* rap superstar Eminem.

Alexander Ovechkin, a Russian professional ice hockey left winger and captain of the Washington Capitals, is going to record a song with internationally known rapper Eminem. NHL’s top paid player is a big fan of hip hop, and he is very happy that now he will have a chance to become a part of it with a legendary artist.

“It would be such an honor for me, because I am a big fan of Eminem. I always have his CDs in my car, and I would be very glad to meet him. By the way, Eminem’s 8 Mile film is just great,” Alexander told Life Sports.

Forgive me for being cynical, but I cannot imagine this situation resulting in anything short of hilarity. Then again, while I cannot speculate on whether or not Ovechkin grew up on the mean streets of Russia, he does share some tendencies with rappers. He makes (and throws around) crazy amounts of money, drives his pricey cars like a speed demon and goes through hot blond Russians faster than he darts around NHL defensemen.

So, maybe it won’t be so bad after all (or at least it might be a little better than “Shaq Diesel”).

Either way, it’s impressive that Ovechkin is enough of a star to earn this opportunity. I don’t see Sidney Crosby pulling this off any time soon, although Evgeni Malkin might get a chance to sit in with the surviving members of Run DMC after witnessing his recent hair cut.

* – At least, he seems washed up, but I could be very wrong. Tell me readers, is he washed up yet? All I know is that “8 Mile” is constantly referenced by people going on job interviews or blind dates when they overestimate the impact of small events on their small lives.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)

Want more sports superstar/rap artist crossover fun? Check out The Grio’s list of athletes who should avoid recording hip hop songs at all costs.

  1. Joey - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Washed up? No, very far from it. His new album, Recovery, has already gone triple platinum. In my opinion, it’s his best CD so far

  2. Jeff - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Opulence I has it.

  3. Jeff - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Opulence I has it.

  4. NYRFTW - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Eminem is old now, but he seems to keep selling records, but he has the market cornered since rap is dead! I can’t wait to hear Ovechkin rap.This is why he is the biggest superstar in the league by far!

  5. Matt - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Yeah, if anything, he’s relevant again because of Recovery.

  6. David - Sep 28, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Ovechkin= BOSS. Why is there always someone posting this dumb site to sportscomplainer. It just gives links to better websites lol.

  7. Malkintent - Sep 29, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Rap sucks and so do the people who like it.

  8. Aaron - Sep 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Washed up?Are you nuts?EMINEM is the Best selling rapper ever.THE GREATEST of ALL TIME.EM is a ICON.EM just ROCKED Auto Club Speedway here in SoCal like it was nothing.EM hit the stage and 50 some thousand people went nuts.His fans sang every word to every song.People cant get enough of EMINEM.How dare anyone disrespect him by saying “washed up”.Far from it.EMS the GREATEST.

  9. Joe - Sep 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    He is far from washed up. He’s the hottest rapper at this moment and any hip-hop start would love to have him on their album now, or at any time. I appreciate the facts of this article but your opinions kinda suck. Oh, and F*** crosby. and bettman.

  10. Cody - Sep 30, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    Dude..I love Em but just cause he sold a lot and is mainstream again doesn’t mean he’s “at his best”… His new record Recovery has decent cuts, and has the typical Em singles comin’ out since Eminem Show/Encore
    I think he is no better than he was with the Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show… That was his peek musically.
    I WISH he would of done what he was going to do before “being saved” in making diss tracks about Lil Wayne and Kanye.. It would of been a new generation of hip-hop rivalries and more enticing.. We need someone (and who better than Em) to call these wack MCs out nowadays.. If Proof was around things be diff
    I mean, Em 10 years ago would be appalled to hear his music nowadays.. He lost his realness and now just makes rewashed songs about his love/hate relationship(s)..

  11. AK - Sep 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    “Forgive me for being cynical, but I cannot imagine this situation resulting in anything short of hilarity.” I can not forgive author of this article, both Eminem and Ovi are extremely talented in their crafts, unlike Mr. James O’Brien.

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