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Michael Phelps was listening to Future when he made #PhelpsFace

'Gotta keep that heat on the scene ever since.'


Ramon Ramirez


Published Aug 28, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 4:00 am CDT

When Michael Phelps took over the Rio Olympics this month with a venomous, hyped-up glare that instantly became known internationally as “Phelps Face,” he also left everyone wondering: What song could be powerful enough to evoke such visceral, lion-roar disdain toward South African rival Chad Le Clos? After all, he was buried in his hoodie, headphones blaring.

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Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards, Phelps introduced Atlanta rapper Future—and told the world that during the infamous moment, he was bumping “Stick Talk.”

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The Phelps reveal sparked more than 33,000 tweets in its immediate aftermath Sunday night. Featured on the rapper’s 2015 record DS2, “Stick Talk” is a chaotic, brilliant song about guns, street violence, and hanging out with your bros… who are wielding guns.

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Now it’s forever linked to one of sport’s crankiest faces.

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*First Published: Aug 28, 2016, 11:15 am CDT