October 5, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (4, left) and center fielder Chris Young (25, right) perform a pre-game handshake before game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

When Coco Crisp Recorded a Rap Song

Baseball fans have descended upon that difficult portion of the offseason, where the memories of last year have begun to fade and the first reported sightings of pitchers and catchers convening is still so far away. Transactional activity has slowed for the time being, but exhausting searches for baseball news and video on various forms of media occasionally unearth rare gems for the curious.

Such was the case, when I stumbled across a musical opus constructed by Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp, entitled “We Got That Thing” from the compilation Oh Say Can You Sing featuring original and cover songs performed by various Major League ballplayers. While I’ve so far avoided giving the rest of the album a listen (probably a good thing), I gave Coco a chance and was not entirely turned off by his effort. As a bit of a music aficionado myself,  I commend the veteran for ability to stick with the beat and provide a decent amount of clever wordplay and cadence.

Heavily influenced by the West Coast stylings of DJ Quik, Crisp reportedly produced the beat on his own in his home studio. Armed with a catchy hook, the slapper begins to lose speed at it’s midway point as former teammate Ben Broussard chimes in with an ill-advised attempt to beatbox. But enough with my thoughts, have a listen for yourself.

Coco Crisp, a man of many talents.

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