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August 30, 2013

Pebble Hunting

What We Rap About When We Rap About Baseball

by Sam Miller

We've got an extremely long way to go today, so I'm going to skip some forced framing device about a record exec trying to find the next Macklemore, and I'm going to skip the long explanation of how I'm not ripping off Grant Brisbee's amazing MLB Power Rankings series from a couple years ago. No framing device. And I am ripping it off. We'll survive, I hope.

What this is is an attempt to subcategorize a category of music that you probably didn't realize existed: Baseball Rap. I found a rap song for every MLB team. I listened to those songs, multiple times. And I've ranked them, here, from worst to best. As you scroll down, you will see that they are also grouped by subcategory. This is because the subcategories are themselves the driving hierarchical force. The best white guy doing fake rap, as like a joke, is still worse than the worst college kid trying sincerely to make something.

Quick disclaimer: Sometimes there's profanity, and an occasional slur. Be ready.

The extremely bad ideas

30. White Sox

Description: Ozzie Guillen and Lou Piniella engage in a rap battle over which side of Chicago has the better Chevy dealerships. "But Sam," you say, "why isn't this under the Cubs section?" Because Lou Piniella rap battles Guillen to straight-up death.

Views: 10,773

Actual YouTube comment: can't spell when your flustered ehh?

Souvenir:


29. Cardinals

Description: Animated cat raps about Albert Pujols under guise of reporting news. Cat raps like church youth group leader would if he swallowed helium and tried to freestyle.

Views: 137

Actual YouTube comment: No comments have been left for this video.

Souvenir: "My name is Tom Bropaw and I'm here to say, Albert Pujols has seen better days."

Non-Rapper Rappers

28. Cubs

Description: Rap goes awry.

Views: 231

Actual YouTube comment: Go Cubs!

Souvenir:

Harry Caray used to announce the seventh-inning stretch/
He died/
But we miss him so/
Yeah/
But we got other people to fill in

27. Mets

Description: Craiglist ad for couch gets out of hand.

Views: 2,138

Actual YouTube comment: Mets are the skum of baseball. Gotta love Ghea stadium in Flushing NY.

Souvenir: None, really. Not that bad!

White People Doing Fake Rap, As Like A Joke

26. Pirates

Description: "morning freak show" radio duo record joke song about Pirates quest for .500; sample entire video from Tom Green Show.

Views: 17,295

Actual YouTube comment: Went to World Series with pirates on 2k11 on Xbox I put when we win a games

Souvenir: Joylessly artificial made-for-GIF camera shots that I refuse to GIF

25. Diamondbacks

Description: Sincerity of slow jam questioned

Views: 429

Actual YouTube comment: now we (the braves) got justin upton and san fransico won the nl west and the world series

Souvenir:

24. Blue Jays

Description: Canadian blonde girl sends up rap genre by using profane and violent imagery that might be considered discordant with her Canadian blondeness.

Views: 17,284

Actual YouTube comment: best muic video on youtube!

Souvenir:

23. Yankees

Description: Discriminated-against subgroup reappropriates the symbols of its oppression.

Views: 128,826

Actual YouTube comment: honestly this sucks i can play a better song with my dick

Souvenir: "The song's title is occasionally spelled 'How Ya Doin'?' or 'How Ya Doing?,' but the actual name Haya Doin'? is spelled out by Joe Balls during the song."

College Kids

22. Rangers

Description: Rap about Texas Rangers sounds exactly like rap about Texas Rangers probably would sound like.

Views: 3,096

Actual YouTube comment: Badass song

Souvenir:

Took the express right up to the top/
just like in Japan where bullet trains done stop/
You know about those? No? Well yeah you do/
but when I say Yu I mean Darvish that's who."

21. Astros

Description: Over Super Mario beat, Houston superfan raps about the Astros who "always be gettin' that Wild Card," and proves once and for all that he owns a cigar.

Views: 2,036

Actual YouTube comment: **** u

Souvenir:

20, 19. Dodgers, Giants (shared rap battle)

Description: Slumber party gets cray.

Views: 291

Actual YouTube comment: We legit we raw we deserve a blumpkin

Souvenir: None.

18. Indians

Description: Trevor Bauer names all of his teammates.

Views: 36,354

Actual YouTube comment: hey everybody this so called idiot Sherwin stern says Trevor Bauer is a cry baby and not good a all. here is the name of the video "Trevor Bauer is a big cry baby", visit him and say your thoughts

Souvenir:

This is how we do it/
with beauty we be moving

17. Red Sox

Description: Eventually gets homophobic, obviously.

Views: 2,643

Actual YouTube comment: Mostly the guy himself, saying offensive things about other commenters.

Souvenir: "We got a player from an Indian tribe/that's Jacoby and he will turn eyes/His tribe had to run from Yankees/Now he steals things from the Yankees."

Minnesota Rap Scene

16. Twins

Description: Literally the two best rappers in Minnesota are at the top of their game in this, the biggest Minnesota rap song in Minnesota rap history.

Views: 160

Actual YouTube comment: No comments

Souvenir:

I live in Wisconsin but I am a Twins fan/
When I want to see a game we take the minivan.
(Minivan y'all. Minivan.)

The Remixes

15. Braves

Description: "This Is Why We Hot" repurposed for ode to Atlanta Braves; group of emcees rap about individual strengths and team unity and the racist tendencies of mob rule.

Views: 2,988

Actual YouTube comment: For those who are confused by the mention of "Roy Kimbrel", no, he didn't get his name wrong. That's Rookie Of the Year (ROY) Craig Kimbrel.

Souvenir: None

14. Royals

Description: "Black and Yellow" repurposed for KC Royals KC Royals KC Royals KC Royals.

Views: 327

Actual YouTube comment: nothing in this rhymes.

Souvenir: not really

13. Angels

Description: "Empire State of Mind" repurposed for ode to Mike Trout; emcee runs down Trout's wide range of skills; bumps microphone; ends abruptly.

Views: 995

Actual YouTube comment: No comments

Souvenir:

Don't mistake me for a cod/
or just a salmon/
I'm
Trouty.

12. Nationals

Description: Onyx beat repurposed by fan upset with Nationals' decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg; rapping strong; music video anthropomorphizes elbow.

Views: 180

Actual YouTube comment: None. "About" description: "Because everyone has chimed in on this, but nobody has rapped about it."

Souvenir:

11. Orioles:

Description: "Black and Yellow" repurposed by actual rappers who clearly have a decent local following and who mention The Wire a bunch

Views: 163,670

Actual YouTube comment: Like 300 comments in a row by two guys saying horribly racist things to each other in all caps because one thinks black and orange belong to the Giants and the other thinks the Orioles. "I WANT EVERYONE TO GO ON GOOGLE AND TYPE: top city in america 2012...AND TELL ME WHAT IS THE #1 CITY OF AMERICA!!! LMAO! THATS RIGHT BITCHES FRISCO!!! LMAO! **** BALTIMORE!!! WEST SIDE BITCHES!!!"

Souvenir: "Home of The Wire..."

The Heck?

10. Reds

Description: Vine escapes its cage, gets out of control, can't be contained

Views: 57

Actual YouTube comment: No comments

Souvenir:

9. Tigers

Description: Family loves each other, supports each other, is there for each other, doesn't give one toot for what you think about it.

Views: 8,569

Actual YouTube comment: okay the dad killed it

Souvenir:

Sincere, High Production Value, So-So Flow

8. Marlins

Description: D-Notes and Skinny the Fatso rap at multi-platinum skill level about the Marlins, "the greatest team of all."

Views: 2182

Actual YouTube comment: gentlemen nice work.great rapping,great beat. Makes me wanna grab my baseball bat and swing it like a maniac........Barabingbarabunn­ngggggg

Souvenir:

7. Brewers

Description: MC Dreidle says the word Beastmode 54 times, and refers to Judaism

Views: 1,384

Actual YouTube comment: "It was a poster for MC DreidAL, MC DREIDAL, not this lame *** **** ****, that makes my ears bleed, MC DreidEl. so poster MC Dreidal, this **** MC Dreidel."

Souvenir: "Our Corey has a heart, haha, Tin Mannnnnnnnnnnnnn"

6. Athletics

Description: The clearest imitator of the Macklemore model, a fairly serious, emotional, and skillful song that aims for viral attention. Alllmost good enough to escape this category.

Views: 36,940

Comments: Weak like a red thong on a man!

Souvenir: "Oh we tied at our place? That's a pie in the face" is a legitimately great line.

None

5. Padres

Description: Nobody has rapped about the Padres

Views: Nobody has viewed a rap about the Padres

Actual YouTube comment: Nobody has commented about Padres-related rapping

Souvenir: When I was a kid I was supposed to feed and water the chickens every day but I forgot, for many days in a row, and all but one died. All these years later, I can't even describe how much I still hate myself for this.

Talent

4. Rays

Description: Rap-rock opening originally slotted for "Very Bad Idea" section of list, redeems itself through sheer will and persistence.

Views: 424

Comments: not bad for a song thrown together in three minutes

Souvenir: Love her.

3. Mariners

Description: Actual rapper, million-selling Kid Sensation, raps about Ken Griffey with Ken Griffey; lyrics predictably hacky but credibly delivered, even in Griffey's nasally voice; track produced well.

Views: 67,136

Actual YouTube comment: "I'm looking for a Griffey HIGHLIGHT video, not another damn ******* slideshow..."

Souvenir: Griffey rapping:

Taste the beat and get dope but not crack/
I mean the kind of dope that's far from wack.

2. Phillies

Description: Hero refuses to quit.

Views: 7,515

Actual YouTube comment: rap sucks

Souvenir:

Spell your first and last name

"M-O-N-T-Y-G..."

"(e-e). I ain't got the..."

1. Rockies

Description: Surprisingly strong rhymes over clever beat interpolating classic ballpark organ notes.

Views: 981

Actual YouTube comment: I'm a pirates fan haha still a good song though

Souvenir: You get to non-ironically hit replay.

Sam Miller is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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