Ball So Hard University has produced its first crop of graduates.
Matt Richey, Kenny Silkworth and Robert “McFreshington” Norton have put their heads together to pump out “Ravens Nation,” a song dedicated to Baltimore’s 12-4 jaunt through the regular season that continues Sunday with a home divisional playoff game against the Texans.
The anthem celebrates an expected cast of characters — Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ray Rice and Ed Reed — but it is, we believe, the first rap song on the planet with a nod to defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano:
“We’ll protect this house, this home, castle, throne, battle zone
When the pass is thrown, even the pastor knows
Hail Marys can’t save you, we’ll crack you bones
Chuckie P’s got the scheme and my whole team knows
It’s ‘W.hat’s I.mportant N.ow’ “
The artists have seen “Ravens Nation” generate more than 60,000 clicks on YouTube, but it’s the 71,000-plus at M&T Bank Stadium they hope to reach next.
“If they played it at (the) stadium, honestly, I have no idea what would happen,” Silkworth told The Baltimore Sun. “I’d probably try to grab onto something so I wouldn’t fall over. I would probably jump out of my seat. Maybe I’d do laps around the stadium. Or maybe not that far, so I wouldn’t get kicked out.”
Hear that, guy who runs the iPod shuffle at M&T? Let’s make these young rappers run.
— Marc Sessler