Rip City Uprise. It’s the Blazers slogan for the 2009 NBA Playoffs. I have no beefs with the slogan at all. I’ve never really bought into them but professional teams do a lot worse than Rip City Uprise. I’m sure it will look good on a T-shirt. What I do have a problem with…well…is this song attached to the Rip City Uprise commercial. To borrow a quote from ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, me and this song aren’t even blood. I have no qualms with sticking it. And stick it I shall. Well let me be more specific, its the song that accompanies it. To be honest with you this song just seems like one of those basketball themed rap songs they would throw on NBA 2K2 or the football ones from Madden in the early 00′s. Dead serious that’s what I think of when I hear this song. The video w/song if you haven’t seen it is embedded below. I’m not sure how old this video/song (can’t be more than a week) but apparently this has been airing on Comcast Sportsnet. Take a gander.
The video is quite the truth if you mute or imagine an appropriate song. The song…is hot garbage. I’m sad that this song could be the equivalent of what Bust-a-Bucket and Rip City Rhapsody were to me. Le sigh. I will say something positive about it, at least it’s better than the last ‘team-specific song that goes with a playoff slogan’ that the Blazers offered up. I can’t be the only one to remember that one. If you remember 2003, you remember ‘One Town. One Team. One Dream…and we believe’ in what had to have been the corniest and awful sounding song ever. I know it’s nowhere to be found on YouTube but good lord I remembered they would show the video and play the song before those Dallas games and I wanted to scream everytime.