Bayern Munich defender Jérôme Boateng teamed up with English comedian and television presenter, Jack Whitehall, to release a hip-hop song called “Mannschaft.” The song highlights the potential battle between 2018 FIFA World Cup foes, England and Germany.
Boateng—half footballer, half rapper—who prefers “JB” as his stage name, recorded two verses for the song that highlights Die Mannschaft’s 2014 World Cup success, making a friendly jab towards host country, Brazil, among other topics. The comedic taste to the song lightens the mood before the first German match kicks off June 17 vs. Mexico.
Boateng turns 30 in September and dabbed into another dimension of talent besides football. Born in Berlin, swagger has never been an issue for Boateng, who is deeply intertwined in Hip-Hop culture. In fact, Jérôme has Hip-Hop running through his veins. Boateng’s (other) brother, George, is a rapper, formally known as BTNG. George is best known for his 2015 album, Gewachsen auf Beton.
Boateng helped lead Germany lift the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Germany is heavily favored to repeat as Champions with the best odds, according to ESPN, at 9-2.