Serena Williams' 10 Most Hip-Hop Moments
Most tennis players are not what we'd call "hip-hop." Far from it, actually. But, then again, most tennis players are not Serena Williams.
Earlier this week, Serena celebrated her gold medal performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics by doing something that no one saw coming—she Crip walked all over the court. As a result, she was criticized by many of the media members in attendance at the Olympic Games and those watching at home. But, we have to ask: Are you really that surprised that she did it? After all, Serena has always marched to the beat of her own drum. And, she's refused to apologize for doing it. It's one of the reasons why she's a lot like hip-hop. Even in the face of adversity and controversy, she stands her ground and does things her way.
Maybe that's why she's had so many "hip-hop moments" throughout the course of her career. From dating rappers to getting in the booth and rapping herself, she's given us plenty of them over the years and stayed closely connected to the hip-hop community. So, in light of her most recent incident, we decided to put together a list of Serena Williams' 10 Most Hip-Hop Moments. These are just a few of the reasons that it's hard to compare any other tennis player out there (including her own sister Venus!) to Serena.
The Moment: Dancing provocatively at a Ludacris concert
The Date: January 2009
Why It Was Crazy: The Crip walk isn't the first dance Serena has ever done out in public. She also danced along to a bunch of Ludacris songs at one of his concerts a few years ago. YouTube is your friend, readers!
The Moment: Starting a relationship with rapper Common
The Date: Sometime in 2008
Why It Was Crazy: We're not sure exactly when these two started seeing each other, because they kept it very quiet at first. But, after dating Jackie Long and Brett Ratner, Serena started dating Common and their relationship lasted for about two years before they called it quits in 2010. Since then, Serena has also been linked to Drake.
The Moment: Reportedly sparking a beef between Common and Drake
The Date: November 2011
Why It Was Crazy: Although both Com and Drizzy said that their beef was NOT over Serena, we're not really 100 percent sure what else it could have been about. The two rappers also conveniently ended their beef shortly after people starting saying it was over Serena.
The Moment: Singing Destiny's Child's "Survivor" at a karaoke bar in South Beach
The Date: May 2011
Why It Was Crazy: In another life, Serena must have been a singer. Because, for whatever reason, she loves to get up on stage in front of big crowds to sing. She proved it by getting up and belting out one of DC's most popular songs.
The Moment: Getting into the booth and recording a rap song
The Date: May 2012
Why It Was Crazy: We weren't thrilled with what we heard when Serena's song leaked. And, she didn't sound too happy to hear that it leaked. But, The Game liked the track when he heard it and even told TMZ that he thought Serena had a future in rapping. "I can see her doing big things," he said shortly after the song hit the Internet.
The Moment: Recording a bunch of rap songs at a studio owned by NFL player Bryant McKinnie
The Date: April 2011
Why It Was Crazy: The song that leaked on TMZ a few months ago wasn't the only one she's ever recorded. Last year, she actually recorded a bunch of songs, reportedly with DJ Clue providing direction. That might just be her defining "hip-hop moment."
The Moment: Threatening her "back-stabbing friends" for leaking her rap song
The Date: May 2012
Why It Was Crazy: Serena sounded pissed when her song leaked. She even said that she was ready to "act like a rapper" when she came across the "back-stabbing friends" who released it. "I was in the studio with friends and I wanted to do something and so they said, 'Do this,' and it was for me," she said. "That was one or two years ago. And then, I read online that I was a rapper and so my back-stabbing friends did that to me…So, if I see them, I will act like a rapper—if you can get my drift." Gulp. We gotcha.
The Moment: Ethering an official at the 2011 U.S. Open
The Date: September 2011
Why It Was Crazy: Don't get on Serena's bad side! After getting penalized for yelling during a match, she ethered the official. "Don't even look at me," she said. "I promise you, don't look at me…Don't look my way…What a loser. You're a hater. A code violation because I expressed who I am? Really?..If you ever see me walking down the hall, walk the other way." Damn! Is this what she meant by "acting like a rapper" in the previous moment?
The Moment: Crip walking after winning the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics
The Date: August 2012
Why It Was Crazy: Crip walking, Serena? Really? Well, okay then! It wasn't what we were expecting. But, she's not the first celebrity to do it, and she probably won't be the last. So, quite making such a big deal about it.
The Moment: Getting props from Snoop Dogg for her Crip walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics
The Date: August 2012
Why It Was Crazy: While everyone out there was busy criticizing Serena for promoting a "gang-related dance" at the Olympics, Snoop gave her performance two thumbs up on Twitter. "Shout out to Serena Williams," he tweeted. "Go girl." Hip-hop loves you, Serena. And, judging by this list, it's clear that you love it, too.