Monday, January 4th, 2010 at 3:45 pm  |  38 responses

Links: Joe Smith’s Hawks Anthem

Plus, you know, Gilbert.

by Lang Whitaker

First of all, Happy New Year everyone. We got an extra week off here at the SLAM Dome, and Wifey and I managed to finally pay a visit to Italy, which was tremendous. What did I bring back? About ten pounds.

Now, on Gilbert Arenas: I do not know exactly what happened in that locker room. Peter Vecsey, as much as I like and respect his work, doesn’t know exactly what happened in that locker room. But over at Deadspin, they did a good job cobbling together a mostly complete picture of what happened. Read that and come back.

I tend to believe Gilbert here, that this while situation stemmed from what was supposed to just be a dumb joke. If any current NBA player has a history of making dumb jokes, it’s Gilbert.

What part of the media has seized on is the gambling aspect of the story. The money stuff is interesting, and the numbers thrown around — he owed Crittendon $25,000!! Or was it $60,000!!!! — sound huge and fantastical. But money, at least when NBA players are involved, is always overrated.

For instance, Javaris Crittendon is making $1.47 million this season. I just did the math (very carefully), and to a person who makes $1.4 million a year, the amount of $25,000 is like $850 to a person who makes $50,000 a year. That’s still a lot of money, yes. But look at Gilbert, who is set to make $16,192,080 this season. To Gilbert, the $25,000 amount is the equivalent of $77 to someone who makes $50,000 a year. Not exactly the kind of debt that would seem to make someone desperate to resort to gun violence to make it go away.

What will happen with Gilbert? I think it’s important to remember that the legal system has to run its course before the NBA will make any sort of ruling. And that could take a while.

• In other news, a few weeks ago I stumbled upon that rap song from Zaza Pachulia. In that post, I mentioned that Joe Smith was going to email me a few tracks to post here at SLAMonline.

Well, he did. For a bit of background, I’ve been told by numerous NBA players the last few years that Joe Smith is the best rapper in the NBA. He goes by the name of Joe Beast, and he released an album last year while playing with Cleveland.

This year, soon after signing with the Hawks, Joe wrote and recorded a song called “V.I.C.T.O.R.Y.,” which is played at Philips Arena this season every time the Hawks run onto the court. It’s a great arena song, heavy on the bass and beats, and Joe manages to mention everyone’s name. (No brainer: rhyming “Teague” with “League.”)

Joe sent me a copy of the track, which you can listen to below. Joe noted that it’s their “team anthem.” And Joe added, “Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to get it heard on another outlet other than Phillips Arena. Hope you like it!!!”

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  • Myung

    I’m a little biased, but I love the song. Happy New Years, Lang.

  • Myung

    While we’re at it, “Not blowing double digit leads in the 4th quarter or going cold for 9 straight minutes in the 4th quarter” also spells “V.I.C.T.O.R.Y.” (PS. This is the only rap song that you’ll ever hear the names “Randolph Morris” or “Othello Hunter.”)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Now that he’s in the ATL, maybe he’ll land himself a record deal. Harder to do that in Minny or Milwaukee.

  • Steve

    Where can I get a copy of the song?

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    that seems like a plausible story about the gil javaris situation.

  • Brandon

    Joe Beast!!!! lets go Hawks lets smash the Heat 2nite!

  • Melanie

    I love the song, get it Joe Beast! Go Hawks!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Tarzan, please.

  • Dirtybird

    Right Myung, “Stop Choking” or “Coach is scared to play Teague” or something of that nature.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    sorry lang, but it should happen. zach is beasting, memphis is winning

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Gil’s big problem is the illegality of guns in D.C. If the Wizards void his contract, he’ll be all right. He won’t get that much money, but somebody will pick him up for certain.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    It’s highly doubtful that they gambled just that one time and the amounts being talked about are the highest amounts they ever gambled. Are we supposed to act like it’s not a big deal now and then feel sorry for them when they go broke (which there is plenty of precedent of). It’s unlikely granted that Gil will ever go broke, but if this is anything to go by regarding Javaris’ attitude to money, there’s a good possibility he might. It’s never a good thing when people are throwing vast amounts of money away, even if it is a pittance to them. I doubt anyone really thought Antoine Walker would go broke during his top earning years, even if his going broke was bourne out of over generosity. You can’t really have it both ways. The gun aspect of the story is what people should be least interested in

  • Tommy Patron

    If that’s the real on the gun situation, many more folks in D.C. should have their “contracts terminated”. How does the team/arena allow multiple guns to be left in the open for a long enough period of time for Crittendon to find them?

  • JB

    Didn’t Sheldon Williams “tweet” about the amount being $150k?

    Obviously based on Lang’s ratio to the common man, not exactly astronomical…

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    @Lang – Are you sure it wasn’t 15 pounds of muscle?

  • http://www.youtube.com/hawksno1fan William

    Nice song by Joe Smith. V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

    Joe Smith really is the best rapper in the NBA right now and ever. He seems to know what he’s doing and it looks like he takes time with his lyrics unlike the other NBA players that have tried rap before. (A.I., Kobe, Ron Artest, Tony Parker, and etc.)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That’s the real deal on D.C. from some one who once lived in the District and was aware its handgun laws. Handguns are outlawed, rifles and shotguns are permitted, or were when I lived there.
    I agree with Izzo to a certain degree. But to be honest I don’t feel that sad when cats go broke. I’m not happy about it, but I’m not overwrought with grief either. It is what it is.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Just me, or is Joe Smith a little unlikely? I mean, if I had to guess who the best rapper in the NBA was then Joe woulda come in around 347th outta 400 odd.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    What is the chance the Wizards actually void Gil’s contract? My guess is that it isn’t likely because the players union would fight that tooth and nail.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    The problem with living in the District, aside from the gun laws, is something that I did not anticipate: It’s F*CKING COLD!

  • gani

    i like joe smith’s song. very catchy. any chance someone outside of america can get a copy of the album?

  • Joe

    Haha like it! Do you know where I could get it?

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    wow joe smith is better than 50 cent which ain’t sayin much after his last 2 albums…

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Jackie: Yes, it’s definitely muscle.

  • http://www.youtube.com/hawksno1fan William

    Here are the lyrics to Joe Smith’s song…I did it myself so it may not be 100% accurate.

    From the top of the arena
    the 300 section
    all the way to courtside
    by the bench
    stand up, get loud
    I can’t hear ya(get crunk)
    Hawks in the building
    yeah (A-TOWN)
    stand up (get loud)
    get crunk (get crunk)
    make some noise (YEAH)
    For your.. Atlanta Hawks
    (Yeah) (Yeah)
    Stand up (Stand up)
    Get crunk (Get crunk)
    get loud (get loud)
    I can’t hear y’all (cant hear you)

    It’s on and poppin’
    second place not an option
    hawks here to stay
    with swag thats showstoppin’
    yeah, got the whole league watchin
    with A-town behind, it’s led by Joe Johnson
    team full of monsters, arena full of sponsors
    fillin’ up the seats, screaming like they at a concert
    can’t lose, take flight with J-smoove
    with alleyoops and dunks for Sportscenter to choose
    No one in the league got speed like Jeff Teague
    Early Rookie of the Year, believe and succeed
    Mike Bibby’s stroke, it’s pure beyond 3
    with handles that’s no joke, im sure most will agree
    cant talk game (un)less you mention Al Horford
    each year gettin better, (only witness an abortion?)
    cant win titles, unless we got team chemistry
    you can’t be legendary till we first make history

    Good team chemistry, i can smell victory
    faith in one another, one stress, spells victory
    attitude and confidence, I can spell victory
    if you don’t know, NOW YOU KNOW

    Yo, Philips Arena where the home court advantage
    got connections with the fans, let opponents can’t damage
    yeah, making hard for ‘em to manage, while we cuttin competition
    band aids, can’t bandage.
    all around game, we gettin from Mar(vin) Williams
    (HARD TO UNDERSTAND)….winter coliseum.
    Zaza Pachulia, energy off the bench
    brings muscle to the paint, and drama he won’t flinch
    yeah, cant forget Jamal Crawford
    3 point shooter and a point guard crossup
    made for the game, im a vet in the game
    pick and pop, Joe Smith
    leaves nets in a flame
    ball off the chain
    Mo Evans make it rain
    watch your head, in the lane, or shootin from long range
    cant win titles, unless we got team chemistry
    you can’t be legendary till we first make history

    Good team chemistry, i can smell victory
    faith in one another, one stress, spells victory
    attitude and confidence, I can spell victory
    if you don’t know, NOW YOU KNOW

    It begin, our archrivals in the Eastern Conference Finals
    from training camp through exhibition, our mission is a title
    yeah, i swear on a stack of bibles
    every night we gon hustle
    every game is that vital
    banging with the trees
    like he cuttin’ down a forest
    checkin in, number 33, Randolph Morris
    J. Collins, call him big twin
    adds depth that we need in order for us to win
    so athletic, we give it Othello Hunter
    yeah, hard to find a betta’ squad
    whatcha’ see is whatcha’ get
    with balance, that’s no fraud
    represent Atlanta on the front of every jersey
    got homecourt on the road, the Hawks takin no mercy
    cant win titles, unless we got team chemistry
    you can’t be legendary till we first make history

    Good team chemistry, i can smell victory
    faith in one another, one stress, spells victory
    attitude and confidence, I can spell victory
    if you don’t know, NOW YOU KNOW

  • http://twitter.com/wealwayswin Hersey

    It definitely sounded like he rhymed Horford with abortion. But he said “only witnessing a portion”

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    He e-mailed me a sick track as well, here’s the lyrics:
    ~Uh-huh, you know how we do it
    Gonna wreck this track, just watch me lose it~
    Spit tighter than the braids on Latrell,
    Imma tell y’all what’s going on in the ATL
    When we lose 4 games, what you think we got?
    Locker room be more sad then Josh Smith missing a jump shot
    I mean damn, 4 games in a row?
    We sweatin more than Shaq shooting a free throw
    One of our cheerleaders started doing p0rn for the money
    Until we found out it was Joe Johnson’s mom it was hella funny
    So let me soak up the hate, y’all buncha wh0res
    I get more trannies than Kobe in 04
    -Your style is wack, just gimmie the rock
    Franchise playa, they told me I was a lock
    I pack 15 pounds of muscle like Lesnar, Brock
    When you see me in the club call me Joe Smith c0ck block-
    Verse 2, I might be crazy enough to go for 3
    I’m 35 years years old but it’s only my first CD
    Don’t care, if you hate then suck my pen!s
    I pack more heat than Gilbert Arenas
    Now lemme pull it back before I get sent to hell
    Listen my opinion on the state of the L
    First, Shaq and LeBron? Yo I hear you “ha ha”
    Worst pairing since Lil Wayne picked up a guitar
    Imma keep spittin my game, real close, real far
    By the way how is TMac an all star?
    This all I got, should be enough for my next meal
    At least until another scrub team signs me for a 1 year deal

  • http://www.boogiewillaims.com Boing Dynasty

    Do ppl under 30 still use the word “crunk” in ATL?
    Also, who else stopped the song right after “Randolph Morris” ?

  • Alphonso Ford

    Anton if you wrote that then you sir are a legend.

  • Myung

    I’m not under 30, Boing (I just turned 32)… but as a native of Atlanta, I haven’t heard anyone under OR over 30 use the word “crunk” in about 2 years (which I guess coincides with the last time Lil Jon was relevant).

  • Donald

    This was awesome, I would love to hear it at a game, but there is still one better. What can we do to get this into the pregame come playoff time?


  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Anton with the requisite Kobe diss. Random.

  • http://www.boogiewillaims.com Boing Dynasty

    It cant be requisite AND random, you smart idiot.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Thank you Boing Dynasty. Let me correct that. The Kobe diss seems randomly placed, until you realize that it is written by a person with a strange, negative obsession with the Black Mamba.

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  • Mike

    I like this much better than the one he threw together for the Cavs in his quick stint in Cleveland last year.

  • Brent

    sick track!!where can I download it?

  • Courtney

    this song is awesome i love it….i hear it everytime i go to the hawks game….love the hawks and joe smith