Before Chad Thomas was a football player, he was a musician.
He believes he can be successful at both, and here’s the latest evidence: his appears on the new album of hip-hop star and Miami hero Rick Ross.
Thomas, following a junior season with 11 tackles for loss and four sacks, laid down the beat for the opening track, “Apple of My Eye,” on Ross’ new album “Rather You Than Me.”
Click to give it a listen (note: explicit lyrics ahead).
The national media is taking notice of Thomas, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds and has started the last two seasons at defensive end. The Washington Post, which interviewed him about his latest project, said Thomas’ track establishes a “relaxing, yet rugged tone” and called it “the biggest moment to date for the young producer.”
“I was too happy,” Thomas told the WaPo of the finished product, which features singer Raphael Saadiq. “It dropped a week after my mama’s birthday, and I wanted to surprise her with it. I couldn’t even wait until the day of the album. I just told my mom I made a beat for Ross, and it’s going to be on his intro. I told my daddy, and he said we’ve gotta print the check stubs and frame that. We’ve gotta go buy the hard copy.
“It made me drop a tear. The song really touched me. It spoke my life. Then to think that I made the beat, just to come from where I’m from in Miami in Liberty City, a lot of people don’t get opportunities like this. When they do, they either mess it up or somebody messes it up for them. I felt blessed for that opportunity.”
Spring football starts Tuesday, and Thomas, like he did last year, will shift his primary focus from the Frost School of Music to the Kuligowski School of Quarterback Harassment.
But his first love won’t be far away.