We’re going straight-up hood with this post. You know, if you consider white guys rapping on a pier and hockey players freestylin’ to be hood.
Number one: The day Mike Richards got all Henrik Lundqvisty and tried to befriend Justin Bieber on Twitter was the day we realized that the former One Eight had officially gone Hollywood. Now he’s part of an average-at-best team whose coach was fired, rolling his eyes at teammate Jarret Stoll (we’ll get to that in a sec), and being cast in FunnyOrDie.com skits.
That’s right– Mike Richards… rapping. Rapping in a way that lampoons his notoriously dull on-camera persona. Brilliant!
This whole video is worth watching, but I’d start at the 2:20 mark, which is where the Famemakers convince Richie to record a rap song to boost his public image.
LA is such a long, long way from Philly.
Number two: Mike Stacks, a Mac Millery New Jersey kid who can actually turn out a solid rhyme, posted his remix of Bittersweet Symphony on YouTube yesterday. A couple of Philly baseball legends (from much different generations) made an appearance in the lyricals:
I’m Cliff Lee, take the mound, wipe me down
Change the game, took the crowd so they’d surround me
Back to Stacks. He didn’t stop the Phillie references at Lee:
I’m next to surprise the world, when they hear my shit
And I’m just only gettin’ started so they feel my shit
So I was thinkin’ I’d change my name a round a bit
Since every track is a home run, I’ll go by Michael Schmidt, bitch
This all would have been much more congruous had Stacks not been spinning around Times Square while paying homage to Philly baseball… but, you know…
Here’s the video for Bittersweet Symphony (Cliff Lee at 1:15, Mike Schmidt at 2:15), and bonus footage of Mike Richards rolling his eyes at Jarret Stoll (!!!).
H/T to Nick, Ashley, (@EvoXM3mike) and other who passed along the video links