Clearwater warmed up last season by producing a rap video that was posted on YouTube.
Pinellas Park is preparing for this season with a rap song of its own, “P Park Back." The song lyrics were written by a relative of Patriots defensive back Josh Dallas. (The song is basically Pinellas Park's version of "Tupac Back" by Meek Mill and Rick Ross.) It was presented to the team last week.
“Our names are in the song, but we didn’t rap on it,” Pinellas Park receiver/linebacker Jeremi Powell said. “We all liked it. I thought it was raw.”
Powell said the team is hoping to use the song when it comes on to the field before home games. Besides motivation, the song speaks rhythmic volumes of what the Patriots are all about.
IIt starts off, “P Park Back. That’s all the fans screaming that P Park back. We ain’t playing no games. We knocking on chin straps. We ain’t sparing nobody trying to be on the map.”
Brash? Cocky? You bet. But is it enough to inspire a team to make a playoff push? Last year, Clearwater went 6-4 but went just 2-2 in its district and failed to make the playoffs. Pinellas Park, which was 5-45 from 2004-08, has gone through a remarkable transformation the past two years under coach Kenny Crawford, with two straight 5-5 seasons. The Patriots enter this season as a postseason contender.
So is Crawford worried that the song is bulletin-board material for his opponents?
“Not at all,” Crawford said. “They presented it to me last week. I thought it was awesome. There are no cuss words and they’re not talking trash about other teams. It’s all positive about our guys.”
Powell said the team plans to produce another song during the season with players providing the lyrics and raps.
“Now that is something I did not know about,” Crawford said.