Shawn Bandz makes Columbus Crew theme

March, 15, 2013

An improbable collision between hip-hop and European football has occurred in the heart of Ohio, as Columbus-based rapper Shawn Bandz has created the track “Columbus Crew,” hoping it will become the new anthem for his hometown's MLS team. And while the team has yet to formally comment, the song has gained traction on YouTube.

Bandz recently took some time to talk to ESPN Playbook about it.

ESPN Playbook: What gave you the idea for the song?

A lot of people in this city don’t even know we have a pro soccer team, so I decided to make an anthem. I also wanted something the hip-hop community would respond to. I originally recorded the song in 2011. It had more of a club-type vibe, something you could chill to. We remixed it and put a new beat to it in December, and we released it in January 2013.

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Which NY Red Bulls player should be DJ?

October, 28, 2012
Heath PearceJohnny Nunez/WireImageSolli (left) and Pearce share the decks at the FIFA 13 launch tournament in NYC.
When Chivas USA traded Heath Pearce to the New York Red Bulls in May, the team lost not only a defender but also its DJ. Along with his on-field talents, Pearce took his turntables with him to the East Coast.

The trouble is, his new Red Bulls teammate Jan Gunnar Solli also never goes without prematch music.

“We’re going to have to battle it off to see who gets to make the game-day mixes,” Pearce joked.

Solli’s response? “Ok. It’s on.”

So, as the the regular season wraps up and the Red Bulls get set for a playoff run to the MLS Cup, who should be the team DJ? We let the two candidates make their cases.

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