Titans’ Tajae Sharpe ready to ‘take it to the top’ with new mixtape

Growing up in in Piscataway, New Jersey, Sharpe was exposed to hip-hop early and often — particularly by his dad, who liked to play Jay-Z.

Sharpe said he started rapping during his freshman year in college. He needed something to do after summer workouts, when it was only the athletes on campus. Anyone who has taken part in summer football workouts knows freestyle rapping is ever-present in the locker room, but Sharpe took it a step further.nfl jerseys wholesale nike

He remembered how various songs could be associated with different times of his life, so he bought a microphone and started recording himself. Sharpe said he started out recording with GarageBand software and worked his way up to more professional applications, falling in love with the process along the way.nike nfl jersey wholesalei

“When I got back to Jersey after my rookie year, I linked up with some of my homeboys from around the way, and they were making music, as well,” he said. “I saw the vision and didn’t want to put myself in a box. I wanted to do multiple things and I’ve been having fun with it, so I wanted to see where it could go.”
Sharpe’s method of writing lyrics used to simply consist of notes he would take on his iPhone. He used to look up instrumentals on YouTube while typing the words on his cellphone.

Going from listening to beats on the phone to being in the studio was a smooth transition. Sharpe’s beat producer, Reem Ali, puts the beats together on the spot, and Sharpe comes up with lyrics to flow to them. While it sounds easy, putting a track together takes a lot of work.nfl wholesale jerseys nike

Now, Sharpe is ready to release a self-financed project that was produced and recorded in New Jersey under a label he and his team created, Band Gang Entertainment (BGE). GMR already has two videos released called “Julius Erving” and “Blackin’ Out.” The group recently finished recording two videos for the upcoming mixtape called “First Quarter,” which Sharpe is really excited about.wholesale nfl jerseys nike

“I want to take it to the top just like I am working to do in football,” Sharpe said. “It’s a hobby that I picked up and fell in love with. Anything that I do, I want to be the best that I can be. I want to put it out there for the fans. I think I have something that people want to hear!”wholesale nike nfl jerseys china

Corey Davis, Titans wideouts showed improvement, have room to grow

Now that the Tennessee Titans have promoted tight ends coach Arthur Smith to be their offensive coordinator, adding playmakers for quarterback Marcus Mariota is the next priority.nike nfl wholesale jerseys

It has been the ongoing narrative over the past couple of offseasons for the Titans, who picked up the fifth-year option on Mariota and have only the 2019 season remaining to decide whether they will sign him to a long-term extension.

Teams such as the Bears, Eagles, and Rams made it their mission to surround their young quarterbacks with weapons. Each of those teams added top receivers among other moves. The Bears signed former Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson. The Eagles added Alshon Jeffery via free agency,nfl nike jerseys wholesale  and the Rams traded for Brandin Cooks.
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Titans general manager Jon Robinson traded up to the No. 5 pick in the 2017 draft to select receiver Corey Davis and used a third-round pick in that draft on wideout Taywan Taylor.

Davis made great strides in his second season, posting 65 receptions for 891 nfl clothing for men  yards and four touchdowns. He also began to dictate coverage, demanding the attention of the opposing team’s top cornerback. One of Davis’ best games came against first-team All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the Titans’ 34-10 win against the Patriots, when the second-year receiver had seven receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. Davis made his biggest improvement in 2018 with route running. It became more detailed and made it easier for Mariota to trust him on timing throws, as they connected on several plays when Mariota would throw to a spot before Davis made his cut, knowing Davis would get there on time.

The supporting cast around Davis still has room for improvement. Taylor showed signs of promise as he caught deep passes from Mariota in wins against the Jets and Redskins. A foot injury kept Taylor from being a consistent threat, and he needs to make more of an impact next season.

Taylor finished second among Titans receivers with 37 receptions for 466 yards. If it wasn’t for a nagging ankle injury, third-year wideout Tajae Sharpe would have finished ahead of Taylor. Sharpe established himself as a reliable slot receiver before injuring his ankle in Week 9 against the Cowboys.nfl clothing store

Even though he isn’t one of those smaller, shifty, quick slot receivers, Sharpe is the best option in the slot on the Titans’ roster and one of Mariota’s favorite targets on third down.nfl clothing for kids

“He’s got great body language in and out of his routes. When you have a guy that does that and creates separation, it makes it easy for you on third down to look to him, and find ways for him to get the ball,” Mariota said of Sharpe.

Added former offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur: wholesale nfl nike jerseys “Marcus knows that Tajae is going to be in the right spot at the right time. He’s a good route runner and has good hands. [Mariota] has a comfort level with him.”

The back end of Tennessee’s receiver group features kick returner Darius Jennings and undrafted free agent Cameron Batson. There is room for the group to get better.