Alex Iwobi can be a pretty ruthless player on the field. However, his off-the-field persona is no different either. By now, he has made his love for rap music pretty clear.
Recently, a video surfaced on the internet that captured the Nigerian in his rapper mode. This time, it was no ordinary rap but a diss track aimed at his rival team.
Fulham played their 16th Premier League match on Sunday against West Ham United. Marco Silva’s side went on to climb within the top 10 in the league table as they hammered West Ham to a 5-0 victory in their home stadium.
Alex Iwobi played an influential role in Fulham’s victory as he provided an assist for their second goal at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers have recently been in a real purple patch in front of goal as they registered their fourth consecutive league game with 3+ goals, the first time they’ve achieved this feat in 62 years.
Apparently, humiliating West Ham on the field wasn’t enough for Iwobi as he took to social media to further rub salt in West Ham’s wounds.
A video circulated widely on social media after the game that featured a jubilant Alex Iwobi vibing to a rap song in the dressing room alongside his Nigerian international teammate Calvin Bassey.
The video captured a hooded Alex Iwobi lip-syncing to a background rap as he elatedly hollered: “It’s not just West Ham, I’m tryna burst their bubbles.”. While doing so, the Nigerian was also seen pointing at a banner in their dressing room that read “We are one”.
The phrase ‘burst their bubbles’ is a taunt at West Ham’s anthem “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”. The song was a popular music hall tune that was originally composed for the 1918 Broadway musical ‘The Passing Show’ and was later adopted by the Hammers.
This anthem is so deeply rooted in their tradition that it has become a pre-match ritual wherein the West Ham supporters gather together to sing this anthem and blow bubbles onto the pitch.
The ‘bubbles’ have now become synonymous with West Ham’s football culture. Alex Iwobi’s post-match dressing room rap was a shot at their century-long tradition.
Iwobi has a history of rapping
By now, Alex has pretty much established his affection for rap. Recently, he took to his social media to reveal his raw rapping skills to the audience. Alongside, his former Everton teammate Amadou Onana, Alex even released his debut musical ‘Hate on Me’ this October under the stage name- ’17’.
His hip-hop track was widely appreciated by his fans for his vocals and vibey beats. After initially being released on Soundcloud, the track has now been deleted for unknown reasons.
Apparently, when it comes to Fulham, Calvin Bassey is his rap partner. Just a few weeks ago, the duo was captured in a viral video on social media listening and vibing to ‘Lonely at the Top‘ by Asake.
The video featured Iwobi singing alongside the hit track as Bassey showed off his dancing skills. However, their recent video collaboration regarding the ‘bubbles’ was unnecessary and downright cruel.
West Ham fans have taken to X.com to showcase their discontent loud and clear. They called out the Nigerian midfielder for his off-the-top celebration after just winning a mere league game. Moreover, it also looks absurd considering the fact that West Ham is still above Fulham in the points table.
Are we Fulham’s new cup final ?— Mrs S (@MrsScoyi) December 11, 2023
By the looks of it, Iwobi’s banter has just fueled a new unnecessary conflict. West Ham meets Fulham again on 24th April 2024 for the reverse fixture.
Can the Hammers deliver a fitting response to Iwobi’s diss track, or will Iwobi be the one to have the last laugh? The answer to this awaits us toward the end of the season.