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117 kg rapper who is a professional football player: hip-hop artist ‘Yung Maynie’ hangs microphone for trial NRL

Meet the colossal 117 kg rapper who is also a pro-footy player: Hip-hop artist ‘Yung Maynie’ hangs up his microphone to try with an NRL team

  • Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 23, is a rapper and hip hop producer Yung Maynie
  • He recently swapped the tunes for a chance to become an NRL legend
  • The 117kg prop will play in a charity match while trying with the Auckland club

Jamayne Taunoa-Brown - also known as Yung Maynie - an emerging rapper and hip hop producer from Melbourne

Jamayne Taunoa-Brown – also known as Yung Maynie – an emerging rapper and hip hop producer from Melbourne

An Australian hip-hop artist has traded his microphone for a football while trying to crack an NRL team.

Jamayne Taunoa-Brown – also known as ‘Yung Maynie’ – is an emerging rapper and hip hop producer from Melbourne.

But the 23-year-old is in front of another audience on Saturday with some football greats from Australia and New Zealand.

Taunoa-Brown has been selected to play for Laurie Daley’s Indigenous All Stars on the Gold Coast next week.

The 117kg prop is on trial with New Zealand warriors and earns $ 1,000 a week – leaving him with only $ 500 after rent and tax.

Despite the meager reward, the younger plays alongside some of the best-earning players in the rugby league.

Taunoa-Brown (photo) has been selected to play for Laurie Daley's Indigenous All Stars on the Gold Coast next week

Taunoa-Brown (photo) has been selected to play for Laurie Daley's Indigenous All Stars on the Gold Coast next week

Taunoa-Brown (photo) has been selected to play for Laurie Daley’s Indigenous All Stars on the Gold Coast next week

Taunoa-Brown was selected for the Australian side alongside Latrell Mitchell and David Fifita.

He will face Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Jesse Bromwich on the other side of the Maori.

The selection was made by organizers of the charity event who were looking for reinforcements after striking dropouts due to an injury.

Taunoa-Brown started his football career for the youth games of Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights.

He was subsequently hunted for the Auckland-based Warriors team.

Warriors recruitment boss Peter O’Sullivan told the New Zealand Herald he has a strong career ahead of him.

“He has always been a player I have had time for. I thought he was the best offensive prop in the Queensland Cup last year when he was at Norths Brisbane, that is beyond doubt, “he said.

“I brought him to New Zealand to train and try. He has been great and the coaches want to keep him. We hope to upgrade it to the top team next year. “

Warriors recruitment boss Peter O'Sullivan told the New Zealand Herald Taunoa-Brown has a strong career for him in NRL

Warriors recruitment boss Peter O'Sullivan told the New Zealand Herald Taunoa-Brown has a strong career for him in NRL

Warriors recruitment boss Peter O’Sullivan told the New Zealand Herald Taunoa-Brown has a strong career for him in NRL

But the young footy player is a double threat, and has worked on a career as a rapper and hip hop producer on the side.

Taunoa-Brown’s alter ego, Yung Maynie, has attracted a young fan base in Australia after his performance in the national music program Triple J Unearthed.

He revealed that his career in the music industry was born out of a passion last year during an interview.

“I’ve always loved music,” he said. ‘It was always a hobby, hanging out with music with my friends at school. In recent years I have started making my own tracks.

“I have a small set-up at home, a small studio, everything I need, in a spare room.”

Taunoa-Brown's alter ego Yung Maynie collaborated with the hip-hop group 'The Cross' in Melbourne

Taunoa-Brown's alter ego Yung Maynie collaborated with the hip-hop group 'The Cross' in Melbourne

Taunoa-Brown’s alter ego Yung Maynie collaborated with the hip-hop group ‘The Cross’ in Melbourne

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