Falcons safety William ‘Willie Mo’ Moore says he’s no Deion on the mic

Falcons safety William “Willy Mo” Moore knows there have been so many athletes-turned-bad-rappers over the years that hip-hop fans instinctively roll their eyes at all such endeavors.

But Moore says he’s serious about his music and hopes listeners will keep an open mind before judging. Moore already has fans among Falcons teammates, especially in the corner of the locker room known as the ‘D block,’ where Moore is known to entertain on ‘Freestyle Fridays.’

We talked to Moore about his music.

Q. Have you been rapping for a long time?

Oh, no doubt. In college [at Missouri] I used to go to the studio a lot. I used to open for a lot of big names [like] Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Ja Rule when he was hot. I started back in middle school, way back when. It’s been a passion of mine for a long time. What I’m trying to do, it’s not about making money on the side or anything like that. It’s about breaking down the wall. They say athletes want to be entertainers and entertainers want to be athletes? I want to do both. Or, I want to pursue my passion for both, not just do them.

Q. You think a lot of people are skeptical when they see athletes putting out raps?

Of course. That’s when I put that song out, [“W.A.R. (Willie Mo Always Ready)]. I wanted to show a creativity, that I can rap about football.

Q. In one of your raps [“Respect”] you talk about coming from the trailer park to get where you are. True story?

True story. That’s as real as it can get. [Raps:] ‘Came a long way from trailer parks/ and dead rats/ and I ain’t going back.’ That’s a true story.

Q. What was it like growing up where you did [in Hayti, Mo.] ?

It was real tough. I had a tough past growing up. I’m sure we all share similar stories, a lot of athletes. It was real tough coming up. But I made it out… . That’s why I use my testimony. I’m glad I can rap so I can spread it out that way.

Q. How do you describe your style?

I listen to a lot of Tupac [Shakur]. I compare myself to Tupac. I don’t rap a lot about a lot of money, cars, jewelery and stuff like that. I like to rap about stuff that goes on around me and stuff that I have been through.

Q. You think people relate to that?

Yeah, that’s what people want to hear. And I ain’t got Jay-Z money, so I can’t talk about that you know what I mean? [Laughs.]

Q. You’ve got money, though. But you don’t want to go there because it’s kind of played out?

Yeah, exactly, that’s what I’m saying. But one thing I will talk about is not having [money] and then having it. How I got here, what I did to get here and how things change when you do get here.

Q. Are you more East Coast, West Coast or Dirty South?

I’ve heard [it called] Down South; I’ve heard the Texas [style]. I look at me like I do everything, you know what I mean? I can go fast, slow; I can do it all. I just wish people would give me the chance as far as listening to it. I think I can impress a lot of people.

12 comments Add your comment

falconsrus

September 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

keep on thumpin and pumpin young man and don’t forget to rap up

DavidGilmour

September 22nd, 2012
3:47 pm

Just win baby! I will buy whatever is required to make that happen.

Oh, BTW, Saints fans are Turds….. 0-2 Turds.

Esquire

September 22nd, 2012
5:26 pm

The rap I want from you is upside Phillip Rivers chin.

JSS

September 22nd, 2012
7:22 pm

Any other player and the derision would be raining down like that mini-monsoon thunderstorm in Miami this pre-season… There’s nothing like remnants of Snarky Central for hypocrisy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J_qadIwM60&feature=related

Samuel

September 22nd, 2012
7:43 pm

Go put your work in, rap or football………

W.A.R.

September 22nd, 2012
10:50 pm

Best rap song about football I heard. I think he is a better rapper than most out there today who try to rap. Willy Mo been one of my fav players since we drafted him. I knee he would shine one day. Reminds me of Sean Taylor/Ed Reed

Michael M.

September 22nd, 2012
11:58 pm

Lots of good college games were played today and now its time for some rest and get up to the pros……………………………one thing you can mark in the books……………………………… and………… that’s……………………. another Falcon’s win baby and its on ………………………………………..this time tomorrow night……….. it will be 3 – 0 Falcons alone in first place………………………

Stick it Caint Fans….you might get lucky and win one this week …………never mind …………ya probably will mess that up and…………………..be 0 – 3 tomorrow night ! ! ! !

falcon 4 life

September 23rd, 2012
8:28 am

Need to play the song at the DOME!!!

MaxxFalcon

September 23rd, 2012
8:51 am

WillyMo Always Ready!

Brian Hunt

September 23rd, 2012
9:51 am

WAR is pretty catchy.

AtlJack

September 23rd, 2012
2:01 pm

The rap I like is William Moore HITS when he tackles. He LEVELS opponents.

Joe

September 23rd, 2012
7:01 pm

Layin it down Big Willie style. Just be sure to layout receivers Big Willie Brown style!