Hear Tinchy Stryder's tribute song to Manchester City's Mario Balotelli - audio

Rapper honours the maverick striker as part of his new eight-track EP

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Tinchy Stryder has recorded a song in honour of Manchester City Football Club's maverick striker Mario Balotelli.

The track, which is called 'Mario Balotelli (Ruff Sqwad)', repeats the phrase 'Why Always Me?' during its chorus. This is named after the phrase that the Italian striker revealed on a t-shirt under his football kit after he scored during his side's 6-1 win over Manchester United. It also takes a sample from Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini talking about the striker and a snippet of player himself saying: "I'm different, I'm Mario".

Balotelli has enjoyed a very high media profile since he moved to England last summer from Italian side Inter Milan, with the striker involved in a series of widely reported incidents. These have included his bathroom catching fire after he and friends allegedly set off fireworks from out of its windows and him reportedly handing over £1000 to a homeless man who he encountered walking through the streets of Manchester.

The striker's antics have landed him a series of high profile fans, with both Noel and Liam Gallagher and a host of others revealing that they are huge admirers of the Italian international.

The track is available to be downloaded for free as part of Tinchy Stryder's new eight-track EP, which is titled 'Wish List'. You can also hear the whole EP, including 'Mario Balotelli (Ruff Sqwad)', by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Tinchy Stryder recently pulled out of appearing on the next series of Celebrity Big Brother after revealing that he doesn't want to damage his credibility.

It was previously reported that the rapper was set to feature in the new series of the reality show on Channel 5, which is due to air in January 2012, but the rapper then performed a U-turn and decided to quit in order to protect his reputation.

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