Former Arsenal striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has retired from football to launch a music career as he dropped an EP titled New Chapter.
It is believed that the 33-year old has been recording tracks for a number of years under a disguise but he has now decided to officially ditch the boots and take up the mic. He used to share his music on social media and tried to maintain anonymity by wearing a balaclava and huge sunglasses.
Owusu came through the famed Gunners academy ranks before leaving Emirates in 2006 after just five appearances goes by his new stage name 'Blow'.
But with the look of things, he has decided to embrace fully his new passion and identity after publicly releasing the solo mixtape.
The EP's cover features Owusu (or Blow) with an Arsenal shirt with Quincy 54 on the back.
He's quoted as saying that he has thought hard about the dramatic decision and is ready to show the world the new Owusu.
"I have thought about it for a long time. Now that I am releasing my first solo mixtape, I want to show the world: this is me. This is what I am doing now."
He says that his music name comes from the fact that he used to blow his wages and led a flashy lifestyle. He raps about tough upbringing in a Dutch ghetto that was rife with crime and drugs.
Hip hop tunes
Owusu-Abeyie left Arsenal for Spartak Moscow in 2006, ending his career in his homeland with NEC. He made seven appearances for the Netherlands U21 side before switching allegiance to Ghana where his family hail from.
Owusu-Abeyie isn't the only footballer to turn musician.
Former Southampton, Juventus and Roma striker Dani Osvaldo hung up his boots in 2016 to become a rock star. And current Lyon forward and ex-Manchester United star Memphis Depay has released a number of hip-hop tunes.
Then there is, of course, John Barnes, the Liverpool and England legend rapping in New Order's World In Motion back in 1990.
Paul Gascoigne, Clint Dempsey, Ryan Babel and Asamoah Gyan are some others who have swapped a football for a microphone.
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