“I Said 12, They Show Up at 6”, Usain Bolt Highlights the Challenging Attitude in the Music Industry

Published 09/11/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 12: Track star and new Bolt pitchman Usain Bolt looks on during a press conference about the new Bolt Mobility scooter outside of New York City Hall, March 12, 2019 in New York City. Electric scooters are still not street-legal in New York City, but transportation advocates and lobbyists are encouraging the push toward legalization and regulation. Bolt, a Miami-based startup, joins a crowded field of competitors in the United States, including Bird Scooters, Lime Scooters and Lift Scooters. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


Usain Bolt, the Olympic legend, shines wherever he goes. Bolt just released his new music album, and he is already on the top just the way he used to be in the field. After calling it quits on his athletic career, Bolt has been investing his time and efforts in his passion for music.

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Bolt has won record-breaking 8 gold medals in the Olympics. Notably, he still holds the world record in 100m and 200m events, which he had established back in 2009. The unstoppable Bolt is also leading the charts in the music industry, as his new album ‘Country Yutes’ is on the top of iTunes reggae charts. However, it was not a cakewalk for the legend to step into a new industry.

“It’s hard”, Usain Bolt talks about his experience in the music industry

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Bolt is perhaps the best known athlete around the world. Even if someone is not a track and field fan, they’re aware of Usain Bolt and his lightning speed. Entering the music industry, he collaborated with his best friend and manager, NJ Walker, for his album, ‘Country Yutes’.

In conversation with Grammy.com, he revealed why he collaborated with his best friend on his album. Bolt highlighted it was hard to get people to come and record.

“It’s difficult, that’s one thing I’ve learned. It’s one of the major reasons why I did the first album with mainly just my friend. It’s hard to get my people to record. I said 12, they show up at 6. They want to record for two hours and go. I said you know what, let’s just do this first and then we can start putting things together in a few years for a proper, different album,” Bolt said.

Music is in the DNA of the Olympic legend

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Usain Bolt hadn’t planned to become a music producer, but he always had a passion for music. Athletes and music have a strong connection, as it is relaxing and even therapeutic for athletes.

BEIJING, CHINA – AUGUST 27: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 200 metres final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt is often seen dancing and singing. Even during Tokyo Olympics 2020, he was seen celebrating the Jamaican women’s team’s success in track and field. Bolt even said, ”music has just always been a part of my DNA.”

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Even after the challenges and hurdles, Bolt’s new music album has been doing well. Now Usain has his eyes set on the prestigious Grammy awards.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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