I'm not thrilled about doing a Boston tribute song on a day where the Rangers trail a series with the Bruins 2 games to none. But this was the new music for the week, so here we are.
It's a song called "Boston Strong", and the artist is a guy named Young Beedah.
I read about it last week in - of all places - Sports Illustrated.
And it was in the strangest of contexts.
Maybe this happened to you too - I was reading an article in SI about the Vanderbilt pitching staff. They have another talented staff, following in the footsteps of guys who have already made an impact in the majors.
But in the article they mention this guy named Tyler Beede, a pitcher on the team, who was playing in Fenway Park the week before. Playing, as in his song played over the loudspeakers - Jarrod Saltalamacchia chose it as his music coming to the plate.
It's called "Boston Strong." I guess it was originally going to be released this summer, but after the Marathon bombing, Beede moved up its release. He's from Auburn, Massachusetts, and I guess it was his way of dealing with everything.
I didn't know what to expect - I guess my expectations were low. But I rationalized and figured, if Saltalamacchia was willing not only to give the song a listen but also to use it as his at-bat music, it's the least I could do.
And it wasn't terrible. So our first rap Music Monday belongs to Young Beedah...and if I trust the YouTube description it's a remix of Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us."
Also, for what it's worth, the reimaging of the 4 major Boston sports teams' logos at the beginning of that video is pretty cool.