Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) is now a rapper.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) is now a rapper.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley is well-known for his agile hands. Now he wants us know about his nimble tongue, too.

Beasley -- who attended Little Elm High School and Southern Methodist University -- has just released "80 Stings," his debut as a rapper and songwriter. It's the first single from an as-yet-untitled album he's promising to release this spring on ColdNation Records, a label run by Beasley and his Plano-based producer Victor "Phazz" Clark.

"My goal is to reach music lovers all over the world," Beasley said in a press release. "Some people may question my loyalty to football, but the passion for that will not change."

Even Vanilla Ice weighed in on what he thinks of Beasley's new track.

Listen to Cole Beasley's new rap song '80 Stings'

As a rapper, the Bease isn't half-bad. His lickety-split style sounds sort of like Eminem by way of Mike D of the Beastie Boys. And he certainly is easier to listen to than former Cowboy Deion Sanders, who face-planted as singer-rapper with his 1994 song "Must Be the Money."

Pro athletes moonlighting as musicians have a fairly awful scorecard. Heard any good songs lately from Shaquille O'Neal? Kobe? Or how about Terry Bradshaw?

At least Beasley doesn't make the mistake of taking his music career too seriously. As he says in the song: "Who knew? Huh? White dude rappin' ... too tough."

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