“They Still Saw Me as an Athlete”: Usain Bolt Reveals People Did Not Take His Music Career Seriously at First

Published 10/09/2021, 2:12 AM EDT
BEIJING – AUGUST 15: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100m Heats at the National Stadium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China. Usain Bolt of Jamaica finished the event in first place with a time of 9.92. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Sprinting legend Usain Bolt is more than just a track star. Since his retirement in 2017, he has expanded his horizons and pursued his hobbies and passion seriously, taking it to the next level. Be it football, cricket, or music, his ultimate aim has always been to do it with the utmost level of perfection. But do fans take this into account? Let’s see what Bolt has to say.

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Usain Bolt is not happy with fans

In a recent interview, Bolt expressed his disappointment towards his fans and their reaction to his music stint. He said, “Even though I co-produced those albums, I didn’t feel like people took me seriously in the music lane; they still saw me as just an athlete. Putting together my own album seemed like a good way to show how serious I was about music.”

“If you’ve followed my career over the years, you’ve probably noticed that I’m always dancing and listening to music. It’s no secret to the world that I adore music. Music has always been a part of my DNA,” Bolt added.

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)

Ever since he retired from his track career, he has made commendable in the music industry. Listening to legendary singers like Bob Marley and Barrington Levy, his inclination towards music increased. Channelizing his passion in the right direction, he produced a few music albums as well. However, it was disheartening to know that people still did not take him seriously.

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A music icon in the making?

After bagging 8 Olympic gold medals, the sprinting legend has now made his mark in the world of music. ‘It’s a party’, in collaboration with NJ, was released earlier this year and has over 1.2 million views. Not only this, but he also produced another chart-topping album called ‘Country Yutes’ this September. Among others, ‘Living The Dream’ is yet another song that he created and won the audience’s hearts.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States to win gold and set a new world record of 36.84 during the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With almost 60 thousand people subscribing to his music videos on YouTube, Bolt’s music journey has already come a long way. However, after earning the highest accolades in track and field, can he win a Grammy for his work in the music industry?

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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