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From Don-E to Lil Baby: What Kind of Music Fuels Declan Rice?

From Don-E to Lil Baby: What Kind of Music Fuels Declan Rice?

Declan Rice has been a standout performer for Arsenal since his record-setting move from West Ham United and is a definite contender for the best signing of the season.

He has hardly let his performance levels drop and has sbeen extremely clutch in big games, scoring against Chelsea and Manchester United.

Rice might be this driven, unrelenting machine on the pitch – but he’s actually a chilled and loveable person outside of it.

He loves to fool around with his teammates, especially when it comes to his best buds in Bukayo Saka and Mason Mount.

The Englishman is also one to show his love for Afrobeats music in the UK and inspired artists too.

Indeed, the Arsenal man has the unique achievement of having a whole song named after him in the form of Odumodublvck’s ‘Declan Rice’ – which was used in the unveiling video after his move to the North London heavyweights was confirmed.

Recently, Declan also decided to show his love for British singer Don-E, who has been making music in the UK for over three decades.

Rice released a short little clip of himself driving while listening to Don-E’s famous ‘You Alright Yeah?’ featuring singer Nado. The Englishman could be seen belting out the lyrics of the song and vibing to it delightfully in the video.

Rice seem to have a diverse range of musical knowledge and loves to listen to a lot of different types of artists on his time off the pitch.

In the past, the Englishman has also opened up about the kind of songs or artists that he loves to groove to before matches. In 2017, he told the West Ham United website all about his favourite songs and musicians back when he was justt about 18.

Rice had revealed all about his ‘Happy’ Spotify playlist that he loves to listen to when in a good mood. Some of the songs named by the Englishman included the likes of DJ Khaled’s ‘Wild Thoughts’, Robbie Williams ‘Rock DJ’, French Montana’s ‘Unforgettable’, Jason Derulo ft Nicki Minaj’s ‘Swalla’ and Colplay’s ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ – indicating that he likes to listen to a number of genres that range from rap, pop or soft rock.

With that being said, Rice also opened up on a Match of the Day in 2019 about what his ideal ‘pre-match playlist’ is and which artists it features. He said: “The American rap lot. Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, Gunna – probably that. It gets me in the mood. I must know it word for word.”

Rice was obviously also delighted by the song named after him by Odumodublvck and how it became such a hit in Africa as well. The Englishman clearly seems to be a man of culture who loves listening to songs from all over the world, but has a soft spot for the rap scene.