Back for the second installment of the Best of What Pros Blare. These are the best walk-up/entrance songs in the league, as I see it. First installment out of three can be found here.
Let’s get to it.
I gotta just give the guy credit for originality. The irony of this choice is that R.A.’s knuckleball is equally as strange and kooky as Star Wars fanatics.
Rob Johnson (Mets)
I don’t care what you say, this song still lights the building on fire.
Epic factor. On a side note: this video is just absurd.
Finally, someone with some walk-up musical sense! This is a 10 out of 10. The build-up is so key.
I give points for the hometown slant. Though it does help when your hometown is LA and you’ve got piles upon piles of classic gangster rap records to choose from.
Love the chorus. Great choice by Dee.
***one hand in the air, bouncin’***
The :15 through :30, you won’t find a better sample for a walk-up. I think this album was so over-hyped that it’s underrated. If that’s possible.
Is this a subliminal shot at the Giants? Keppinger, having been on six teams in eight seasons, has probably had about enough of being taken out like yesterday’s trash. I’m not saying that a rap beef is brewing between Brian Sabean and J-Kepp, but I’d be naive to say it isn’t.
I have almost no recollection of this video but it was too good not to share. Francouer has a great sense of humor, but you really just can’t mess with MJ, one way or the other.
Mike Moustakas, Tom Wilhelmsen
Nice to see a young guy like Moose going for real music over the Skrillex garbage all the young guys seem to go for. You can keep your Macbooks and your MyFace, I’ll take Hendrix shredding a guitar into a million pieces.
Any song that appeared on my high school basketball warm-up tape is a STONE-COLD LOCK.
In case you were wondering (you should be wondering), the 2004 John Jay Basketball team’s mixtape was like this (thanks to @funkfletch for the refresher):
- Da Rockwilda – It’s a prerequisite. Warm-up tape 101.
- Victory – (See #1)
- ‘Till I Collapse – (See #1)
- Nev-ah by Rowdy Rahz – And now I’m officially taking you to school.
- The Bad Guy by Fabolous – Cash.
- Smash Sumthin by Redman – Probably the darkhorse for best warm-up song ever.
- Dirt of Your Shoulder – Black Album was pretty much the only thing playing in everybody’s ’98 Civic so we wanted to appeal to the pop fan. Yes, all bases were covered.
- Like Whoa
J-Roll had a couple other good choices, too (The Motto by Drake and On My Block by Scarface), so this is in recognition of the body of work.
Mac represented in his home state.
The problem with incredibly catchy hooks with monster sounds is that you risk being offered huge checks by the Hollywood producers to use said hook to spice up lame car commercials, slow motion montages or crescendo scenes. The fallout from this, of course, is that we, the interrupted consumer, associate the song with an annoying commercial or cliche’d movie scene, rather than the all-around badass-ness of the song (A good example is Fire by Jimi Hendrix). This song is a victim of all these crimes, having been used in a Bud commercial, the movie “Horrible Bosses,” and the promo for the insufferable Kevin Millar’s “Intentional Talk” show.
Glad I got that off my chest. Nice pick, Jeff.
You just have to respect this. This is more an ode to Wiz for making the song in the first place.
Assuming it starts when the beat drops, this song’s infectious factor is off the charts. Fist. Pump. Fist. Pump…
This is the most press Blanks’ has gotten since I drafted him as a sleeper back in 2009. Needless to say, it didn’t work out.
Too good not to share that montage. And where the hell did Chase Headley come from this year? 21 bombs and 66 RBI after the all-star break? I’d say Chase has been eating his vitamins.
One of my favorite Pusha songs—gritty.