Ed Note: This article first appeared at Bloguin's national NBA blog Crossover Chronicles.
One of the biggest stars in music today is aggravated with a certain NBA playoff team choosing to play his music to pump up their home fans. Seattle based rapper Macklemore was informed by a Twitter follower that the Oklahoma City Thunder was playing his latest hit, "Can't Hold Us", to excite the home fans in the arena. Macklemore's response was less than enthusiastic...
The song is a huge hit, just reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has over 25 million views on YouTube in less than a month. It's got a rhythm that would surely make it a crowd favorite in arenas and stadiums around the country. (Maybe not on the level of Seven Nation Army, but we're dying for some new stadium tracks, music world!)
I'm sure Macklemore would love to hear it being played all around the country... just not for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Macklemore is a dedicated Seattle sports fan who even recorded a tribute song to legendary Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus and has been seen in Mariners, Seahawks, and yes, Sonics jerseys. The "Thrift Shop" singer also retweeted a message of support from former Sonic great Detlef Schrempf basically telling OKC to get their own music.
Oklahoma City's NBA team using a passionate Seattlean (Seattler? Seattlite?) to pump up their crowd is just another twist of the knife in the backs of Sonics fans. The only way for Seattle to get revenge would be for them to blast Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now" over the PA system once they get another NBA team.
@RyanCrinnigan I dunno. I think his album is much better than yours.
I was coming here to bash him, but since he's a sonics fan, I will stand by his decision.
The sonics never should've been stolen from Seattle. Why is the NBA defending Sacramento but shunned Seattle?
Shame on NBA and shame on David Stern, one of the most inept commisioners sports has ever seen.