Lupe Fiasco's recruitment of Jermaine Jones continues hot new hip hop trend | SIDELINE

Jermaine Jones celebrates (June 22, 2014)

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Is recruiting soccer players to MLS teams the new status symbol for hip hop artists?

First, Drake was part of Toronto FC's courtship of English striker Jermain Defoe in the offseason, a pursuit that was ultimately successful.

Now, Lupe Fiasco has taken to Twitter to lobby US national team star Jermaine Jones to join the rapper's hometown Chicago Fire.

Jones was linked to Chicago last week, with the midfielder reportedly turning down the Fire's offer, while head coach Frank Yallop said the club was waiting to hear back from Jones.

And if you think Fiasco is casual about his commitment to bring Jones to the Fire, he will put his body on the line to get it done:

So what do you say, Jermaine? Lupe's put the offer out -- are you willing to come through for him?