FORMER Arsenal star Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has quit football to become a rap star.
And the decision has been a long time coming – the 33-year-old has been recording tracks for years now, albeit in disguise.
Owusu-Abeyie, who came through the youth ranks at the Gunners before leaving in 2006 after just five games, goes by the name ‘Blow’.
He has used a disguise when sharing photos and videos on social media, wearing a balaclava and big sunglasses.
But now the secret is out and he has released a solo mix tape.
On the cover of the EP titled New Chapter is Abeyie, or Blow if you prefer, seated with an Arsenal shirt hung up with “Quincy 54” on the back.
Speaking to Vice about his stunning switch to the music world, Owusu-Abeyie said: “I have thought about it for a long time.
“Now that I am releasing my first solo mix tape, I want to show the world: this is me. This is what I am doing now.”
The former footie star claims his music name comes from the fact that he used to “blow all his money” from leading a “flashy lifestyle”.
In his songs he raps about his upbringing in the tough Dutch neighbourhood of Biljmermeer, where he used to see drug-taking and crime on a daily basis as a child.
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He added: “There was no Ronald de Boer type around in our neighbourhood who said ‘With football you have a future’.
“My role models were the money makers of the block. The street men driving around in horrible cars. “That was then the s*** for me, later I grew older and I made other choices.
“I hope to make the people from the neighbourhood proud. First as a footballer and now as an artist.”
Owusu-Abeyie left Arsenal for Spartak Moscow in 2006, ending his career in his homeland with NEC.
He made seven appearances for the Netherlands U21 side before switching allegiance to Ghana where his family hail from.
Owusu-Abeyie isn’t the only footballer to turn musician.
Former Southampton, Juventus and Roma striker Dani Osvaldo hung up his boots in 2016 to become a rock star.
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And current Lyon forward and ex-Manchester United star Memphis Depay has released a number of hip-hop tunes.
Then there is of course John Barnes, the Liverpool and England legend rapping in New Order’s World In Motion back in 1990.
Paul Gascoigne, Clint Dempsey, Ryan Babel and Asamoah Gyan are some others who have swapped a football for a microphone.
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