ESPN Music: NFL draft

Watch Nas, Ray Lewis in NFL draft opener

April, 27, 2012
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Ray Lewis joined hip-hop legend Nas and rising star Gary Clark Jr. on Clark's song, "Bright Lights" to open the 2012 NFL draft on ESPN.

Two Nas songs, "Train" and "The Don" from his upcoming album, "Life Is Good," have also been used during the coverage.


In honor of the NFL draft, we take a moment to celebrate the musical stylings of the first overall pick in 1974, Ed "Too Tall" Jones from Tennessee State University.

Jones, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound defensive end, played for the Cowboys until 1989, with the exception of one year (1979) when he left football to attempt a career as a professional boxer, going 6-0 with five knockouts.

However, he also attempted a career in music, recording an album in 1981.

That year, Douglas S. Looney of Sports Illustrated talked to Jones about his ambition:
"I've always taken every involvement in music seriously," says Jones, who even in college used to drop into nightclubs for a song or two. "But now that I'm an artist, I take it very seriously. I'm not going to be just another football player trying to sing."

Jones was a funk artist, and recorded a 7-inch single on Fun City records from Memphis, where his brother Cliff was an executive.

According to SI:
His first single had "Do the Dip - 81" on one side and "Funkin On Your Radio" ("Eeny, meeny, miney mo, we're funkin' on your radio/ We're the band with the master plan/ Now we're gonna funk you like no other can") on the other.

In 1982, he recorded a 12-inch single with "Can't Stand The Heat" on one side and "Let's Make Tonight Our Night" on the other, released on ALA Records from Los Angeles.

The songs have staying power, probably a testament to Jones' confidence. Looney asked if he was a trained singer. Jones replied: "Sure, I trained myself."

Thursday's Web video of the day

April, 26, 2012
4/26/12
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Remember "Friday"? Of course you remember "Friday." Well, we have an answer to Rebecca Black's so-bad-it's-good viral anthem: "Draft Day," by John Evans and Liz Loza aka The Fantasy Football Girl.

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The strong NOC song parodies keep coming, this one from New York sketch comedians Adam Lustick and Billy Scafuri (Harvard Sailing Team).

The title: "Getting Drafted and I Know It." The original: Guess. (OK, if you must know, it's LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It.")

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Nas, Gary Clark Jr. songs in draft coverage

April, 24, 2012
4/24/12
2:59
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ESPN enlisted influential hip-hop star Nas and Texas guitar virtuoso Gary Clark, Jr. to collaborate on the music for its three-day draft NFL draft telecast, from Thursday to Saturday.

A pair of new Nas songs — "Train" and "The Don," from his upcoming album "Life Is Good" — will be used along with Clark’s hit song "Bright Lights" coming in and out of commercial breaks and in highlight packages. Nas will also add a few lyrics of his own to "Bright Lights" that embody the vibe of the athlete and rising to the top, in this case, realizing the dream of playing professional football.

Read more and see photos from the video shoot at ESPN Front Row.

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