Trinidad James would not be proud.
Indiana Pacers guard George Hill released a rap song, "All Gold Everything Pacers," just before the NBA playoffs began. He, along with a few of his friends—one of whom included Mike Epps—wrote and recorded the song in less than 48 hours.
“With Mike Epps and I being from here, we thought it would be a good collaboration,” Hill told Scott Agness of Pacers.com. “We just had fun and tried to interact with the fans and get the fans involved. That’s what we tried to do.”
To their credit, the idea was good. Great, even.
Playing off of Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything" (NSFW language) made sense because, well, the Pacers wear all gold (and blue). And being a native of Indianapolis, who better to pay tribute to the city, its team, players and the fans than Hill himself?
The execution, while somewhat comical, did have a local feel to it. Here's an excerpt from Hill's not-so-masterul rendition (via Agness):
All I bleed is blue / old-school but it’s new / shout out to Broad Ripple because I do this for you / I started from the bottom, 34th is my home / my jump shot is too sweet and it tastes just like Long’s / a trey-ball or layup, to me it’s all the same / it feels like the West Rink when I’m skating all in that lane
Don't you just see a Grammy in Hill's future? Yeah, me neither.
A few parts of the song were downright hysterical and pointed out the obvious.
"The playoffs, we in it."
Aside from rapping about the blatantly apparent—"Pacers is our name"—and fellow teammates (Danny Granger included), Pacers head coach Frank Vogel earns a mention as well.
"Frank Vogel, you a good coach and we down with ya."
Even if the Pacers hadn't advanced past the New York Knicks, it doesn't seem Vogel's job would be in jeopardy. Not when his team is so down with him.
Speaking of the Knicks, they're discussed (once again, briefly) as well.
"I don't mess with no Knicks, so don't tell me they winning."
This song was released nearly a month before Indiana unseated New York, so Hill's accurate premonition is to be admired.
As for the rest of the song? Not so much. Should you hail from Indiana, specifically Broad Ripple, perhaps this tune can be held dear to your heart.
The rest, though? We're just left hoping Hill ignores any desire to release a follow-up.