Players in the NHL aren’t getting enough verses in rap songs.
At least that’s what Alex Ovechkin thought when he decided to lend his rap skills for a verse on Russian rapper Sasha Belyi’s song “Champion”.
Starting at the 2:57 mark, Ovie unleashes a verse in Russian that sounds pretty good. He has a decent flow, and after reading a translation by russianmachineneverbreaks.com, he has some solid lyrics as well:
Alumni of Dynamo
Eight on the back.
In the All-Star game all attention is on me.
On the NatTeam since 17
Scored 100 points in a season
Gold medal in Canada in '08
Among the 10 best players of the decade,
Stick in my hands, Rap in my headphones,
Saying hello from Washington,
Together with Sanya Belyi,
For every champion
This isn’t the first time Ovechkin has dived into music. He recorded a song for his girlfriend in the summer of 2010, and was rumored to be in talks with Eminem to do a collaboration.
The overall message of the song is that good things happen to you after becoming a champion.
The problem is, Ovie doesn’t know anything about this: He has never hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup. I guess that’s only a minor detail in a rap song. The focus is on the stunning Russian beauties.
Give Ovechkin props for not overdoing his wardrobe. He keeps it simple with a plain white t-shirt and a necklace that’s not obnoxiously huge and another scene with a plain black tank top. He let the rapper and his hip hop hunnies wear the outlandish clothes.
Overall, I’d rate his performance at an 8.5: great flow, decent lyrics, a subtle yet effective wardrobe and dance moves that are passable.
I don’t think more than a handful of NHL players can pull it off a rap video, so props to Ovie for having the guts to do it.