Detroit Rapper Picked to Represent Greece in World Cup Freestyle Contest


Greek-American rapper, record producer and songwriter Drew32 was chosen to represent Greece in BBC Radio’s 1Xtra 2014 World Cup Freestyle competition.

32 rappers, each representing one of the 32 countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, spit a 32-bar freestyle rhyme about their nation. Drew32, a Detroit native, was handpicked by the station, which is based in the UK and caters to hip hop and R&B fans. The rapper submitted a track that not only embodies his Greek pride but also captures the fierce competition of the games.

“When my manager, Mark Hicks, got an email from the BBC selecting me to represent Greece, I was honored and humbled at the same time, since I’m a proud Greek-American but not born and raised in Greece,” said Drew32. “I also felt, this has to be some sort of destiny – after all, 32 countries, 32 rappers, 32 bars. It’s kind of awesome.”

The track and video, which was shot in Athens, Greece, premiered on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Saturday, June 14, and will air for the duration of the games.


Drew32, who began rapping and producing at the age of 13, has been featured on FuseTV, Comcast OnDemand, ESPN, MTVU, and more. Following the release of his “Label Me” mixtape in 2012, which was hosted by DJ SKEE, Drew32 began to receive national attention thanks to his hit single “I Am King” ft. Jon Connor.  He has since recorded or performed with artists J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Gym Class Heroes, Hoodie Allen, Royce Da 5’9, Jon Connor, Chris Webby, Kirko Bangz and more.