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Lil Wayne, among other celebs, is showing his Super Bowl spirit. CC by believekevin/Flickr

Hip-hop and football have been a peanut butter cup of musical goodness since at least 1985, when the Chicago Bears laid down the “Super Bowl Shuffle.” This year with Super Bowl XLV, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne are facing off. Khalifa gives a shout out to the Steel City with Pittsburgh Steelers song “Black and Yellow,” while Lil Wayne answers for the Green Bay Packers with “Green and Yellow.”

Lil Wayne goes head to head with Wiz Khalifa in a Super bowl rap battle

A Super Bowl rap battle has been waged between Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne. It’s not anything too dramatic, though. Wiz Khalifa came up with  “Black and Yellow” first. He grew up in Pittsburgh. In the video, the Steelers Terrible Towels are in the background while the Steel Town of Pittsburgh gets a tribute in the song. Football references aren’t actually in “Black and Yellow.”

Khalifa’s beat is used in the making of “Green and Yellow” for Lil Wayne. His lyrics are about football, though. Lil Wayne isn’t from Green Bay, Wis. That doesn’t stop him from rooting for the Green Bay Packers. “Weezy” hails Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as game MVP, touts the long locks of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews over those of the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu and celebrates his inner cheese head. When it comes to football knowledge, Lil’ Wayne has points on the board.

Football rapping

”Green and Yellow” has a lot of football references from Lil Wayne, this isn’t the first time he has referenced the game in his music. Lil Wayne’s catalog is packed full of sports references. Lil Wayne’s best football references were put together by SB Nation:

“On my feet like tough actin’ Tinactin, I’m runnin’ this, you should try tacklin”

”Maybach Music II” references a John Madden commercial while talking about the terrible defense.

“Mozzarella over chickenheads, we call ‘em cheeseheads! I Lambeau leap in a girl like Green Bay”

Another shout out to Green Bay “cheeseheads” in “Damn I’m Cold”references the Lambeau leap players take into the stands after a touchdown.

“I don’t talk to them boys that sat on the benches, coach put me in the game on fourth and inches”

Lil Wayne is positioned as a power runner that gets the important yard down in “I Can’t Feel My Face.”

Articles cited

Killer Hip Hop: http://killerhiphop.com/lil-wayne-green-and-yellow-lyrics/

SB Nation: http://sbnation.com/2011-super-bowl/2011/2/3/1972298/lil-wayne-super-bowl-xlv-packers-green-and-yellow

Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/02/03/lil-waynes-green-and-yellow-vs-wiz-khalifas-black-and-yellow/

Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UePtoxDhJSw

Lil Wayne – Green and Yellow (Note: NSFW language, references): http://youtube.com/watch?v=md2CwsTC4LQ

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