Lions' Justin Durant tackles diverse music interests

Mon, Oct 10

You can pretty much predict what's on 88 percent of NFL players' iPods. It'll be the same zeitgeist hip-hop that their teammates are listening to. But grab Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant's headphones and you might catch the 26-year-old rocking out to some Sade. No joke.

Justin Durant
Courtesy of Justin DurantJustin Durant is in New York for four days to learn about the music business.

He doesn't just dig J Cole's new album -- "Cole World: Sideline Story" -- he wrote a review about it on his new music blog for Detroit Metro Times.

A lot of people and players say they love music, and most probably do. Durant, however, is a true music head, and learned to DJ last summer.

We got with the Phil Collins fan recently in a phone interview to kick it about music before his undefeated Lions make a triumphant appearance on "Monday Night Football" against the Chicago Bears.

The Life: So you're a music critic now, huh? How did that pop off?

Durant: My publicist kind of put it out there based on my love of music. So we got on the phone with the paper and set up a little section for me to talk music. Talk about everything, from reviewing albums to any random stuff that I'm listening to. It's like my space to sound off.

The Life: So what are you listening to at the moment? What's in heavy rotation?

Durant: I really, really like the J. Cole. I've been listening to a lot of Nirvana. The Kendrick Lamar, "Section.80." I don't know if you've heard of this act The Weekend, but he's got a new mixtape out called "Thursday." I play that a lot. What else … oh, Anita Baker's "Greatest Hits." I'm all over the place, man. I'm digging "The Best of Sade."

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