Los Angeles Chargers DE (he’s not an Outside Linebacker anymore, right?) Melvin Ingram did an interview with Complex Magazine for some reason this week and out of it come some hot fire takes about nothing meaningful. Let’s go through them because it’s Saturday.
Is it still weird that you play for the Los Angeles Chargers?
I don’t think it’s weird. We’re still playing football. We’re still in California. The thing is we really aren’t all the way in LA so we’re only an hour from San Diego.
First, StubHub Center is two hours from Qualcomm Stadium and not one.
Second, I’m sure the Chargers’ PR staff is thrilled with Melvin saying “we really aren’t all the way in LA” while they try to win the market.
Maybe he’s talking about being at the team’s Costa Mesa facility(?).
Is there a different vibe?
There’s definitely a different vibe because San Diego is more of a touristy place. Our game field is kind of in LA so it’s more up-tempo. LA went from two years ago not having any football teams to two so I feel like it’ll be hyped.
Okay, I can’t fight this. I see no lies here.
Are LA fans vibing with the team so far?
I feel like they’re going to support like I tweeted one time. If you’re a fan, no matter where your team go, you’re still going to be a fan. It’s not like we’re going to a whole new state.
I hate this logic so much. “If you’re a fan of the San Diego Chargers, you should be a fan no matter what.”
Even if I go along with that idea, what reason does that give the fans in Los Angeles for changing their allegiance and rooting for the Chargers? If their favorite team is the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders, is Melvin Ingram saying they should remain Raiders fans instead of rooting for the Los Angeles Chargers?
Someone from the team really should come up with boilerplate answers for the players when these questions arise.
What does it feel like to get a clean hit on the quarterback?
Like Pac said, the sweetest joy next to getting…
The line he’s referencing is “revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin' pussy.”
Why do I get the feeling that Melvin enjoys pussy, money, and weed more than he actually enjoys football? Not that there’s anything wrong with it, I’d probably feel the same if I were him, but there’s no need to lie.
Speaking of teams moving, is it crazy the Raiders are moving to Vegas?
I feel like that’s one of the worst moves ever. You’re setting players up for failure.
Why because there are so many distractions?
Yeah, Vegas is the place that never sleeps.
Anyone want to guess how poorly Melvin Ingram will perform in his first NFL game in Las Vegas?
Has it always come easy?
Always. Growing up, I thought that’s how I would make it [through music]. I just happened to be good at sports. Where I come from, it’s a small town and it’s hard to make it in anything. Me, it was music. Then I was playing basketball and football, but I always had a love of all three. I didn’t know what to do so I did all three.
But you feel you’re better at music.
I feel like I’m the most talented athlete in music, period.
Alright, so I wanted to ask you about that. We’ve seen Le’Veon Bell put out his mixtape. Kevin Durant has bars. We had JaVale McGee tell us he wants to produce music for KD. But you think you’re the best.
I know I am when it comes to making music.
What puts you head and shoulders above the Damian Lillards of the sports world?
I know quality of my music. I can go in the studio with anybody—athlete or rapper—and produce good music no matter what. I know the music I produce is great.
I hate the “best rapper” argument. There are no stats in music, and it’s just as important to make something that sounds good and makes people dance than it is to make something that is lyrically impressive. The “best rapper” is the one that you like the most. There is not a definitive list and there will never be one.
That being said, allow me to arbitrarily rank three random people that I have heard rap based upon how much I enjoy their music and how impressed I am with their lyricism:
- Damian Lillard
- Shia LaBeouf
- Melvin Ingram
What can you reveal?
It’s coming soon. I have an EP that’s going to drop before the season.
Who would be a good comparison style wise?
I never really compare myself to anybody. My EP is kind of like about the whole process of the deal [four-year, $66 million] I just signed. About holding out. Some of the songs are called “First Offer,” “Holdout,” “Second Offer,” “New Deal.”
Hahahahahaha, are you kidding me? Your life is not that entertaining, my dude.
When you’re working out what are you listening?
Okay, we’re done here.
Enjoy your weekend, everybody.