Commentary | From the Pitch to the Studio, Memphis Depay Is a Star All Around


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San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham (1) cannot stop Manchester United’s Memphis Depay (9) from scoring in the first half of the International Champions Cup North America at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Eduardo Kingston, Staff Writer

Although most soccer fans know who Memphis Depay is, many don’t know about the player’s early days and his music career.

Memphis, as he prefers to be called, is a 28-year-old Dutch soccer player that plays as a forward for Spanish La Liga soccer club Barcelona and for the Dutch national team.

Even though he became a successful soccer player and an inspiration for many people, the Dutch soccer star has a rough backstory. He has said several times that he does not want to be called Depay, and instead prefers to be addressed by his given name, Memphis. The cause for this is his father figure’s rejection, as a result of the player and his entire family being abandoned.

“I have taken and handed out many punches, and have fallen on my face countless times,” said Memphis in his autobiography, Heart of a Lion.

Memphis has said that his father attempted to contact him on multiple occasions, but he refuses to talk and know anything about him.

Memphis often uses music as a way to connect listeners back to his childhood, where he talks about his days with his father. Memphis started rapping in 2017, and since then he has released three singles (No Love, Fall Back and 2 Corinthians 5:7 ) and four freestyles (LA Vibes, Kings & Queens, 5 Milli and Dubai Freestyle). He also features in two Winne songs: Akwaaba and Porto Cervo.

With over 10 million Spotify streams, No Love is Memphis’ most popular song. Memphis sings in English and Dutch in this song, on how love may go away even among the greatest of things a couple or people can afford.

The first verse of the song is about a failing relationship. The man in the song, who is most likely Memphis, is wealthy, and he makes his girlfriend’s richest wishes come true. In the second verse of No Love, Memphis focuses mostly on his personal story. He raps on his childhood experiences, including being bullied and abused by his father.

Memphis uses his songs as therapy and a way to distract him from what is going on around the world.