Now, while I’m all for Swizz Beats (I am. He’s great. I’m not mad ’cause he, ’cause he’s hood rich), I feel like there are too many other suitable songs for this team to be introduced to. When The Garden’s PA guy is elongating ‘Melo’s name (Caaarmeeelooo Aaanthonayyy) or screaming STAT’s (Amar’e STOUDEMIRE), I don’t really want to hear an original production in the background.
For the past two seasons, the Knicks used “Run This Town” by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna. While one season of this song was probably enough, it was perfect. Actually, had they waited, with the arrival of the Nets in Brooklyn, it probably would have been ideal for this season more than the others. The song’s intro was simple, but you knew what it was when it started:
“Feel it comin’ in the air… Hear the screams from everywhere… Only thing that’s on my mind… Is who’s gonna run this town tonight?”
The Knicks need a song that everybody knows, and one that everybody can sing along to. Last season, the Thunder used “Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. While the people of Oklahoma City probably didn’t appreciate the song upon its release, they did once their team started using it.
This team doesn’t need to be original. They need something to get their crowd going. They need something turn The Mecca back into The Mecca. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of potential songs, in hopes that somebody sees it and keeps Swizz Beats from blaring throughout the speakers on November 2.
“Clique” – Big Sean, Jay-Z & Kanye West:
This is a simple choice. It’s three rap superstars bragging about why nobody can compete with their faction. Hov mentions LeBron in verse two, but that will surely be overshadowed by the Garden crowd’s enthusiasm. Plus the obvious; “Clique” sounds a lot like “Knick.”
“Hypnotize” – The Notorious B.I.G.:
Does anybody symbolize the city of New York better than Big? The late, great hip-hop legend has been gone for 15 years, and everybody still knows what song is coming up when the bass drops. Just ask Yankee icon Derek Jeter; he’s been using this as an at-bat song for his entire career.
“Da Rockwilder” – Method Man and Redman:
This song starts off with sirens. It works on two levels — if you want to warn the visiting team that the Knicks are ready to play or if you want to make a joke about Amar’e and fire hydrants. Still, though, these two former Wu-Tang members produced a classic with this hit, and it softens as it goes on, making it easier to hear the player introductions.
“Start It Up” – Lloyd Banks, Fabolous, Kanye West & Swizz Beats:
Alright, fine. You want to work Swizz Beats into this somehow? This is how you do it. You get one rap super-duper-star in Mr. West and team him up with two of New York’s finest. Nobody in hip-hop represents The City nowadays better than Banks and Fab, and what better way to show the world that, in spite of rap’s uprising from other parts of the country, New York still has some tricks up its sleeve?