The last time the Buccaneers were headed to a Super Bowl, in 2003, the Tampa rapper Krazy scored a local hit with Welcome to Raymond James.
Over the beat to Jermaine Dupree’s Welcome to Atlanta, it featured swashbuckling wordplay and references a certain coach’s Chucky-esque appearance.
“Can you hear them cannons shootin’? All the fans rootin’? You rookies are child’s play now that we got Jon Gruden...”
For a time, it was Tampa Bay radio station Wild 94.1′s most-requested song, a program director told the Times before the start of the 2003 playoffs. It played so much that when it was used at Raymond James Stadium during a rally before the Super Bowl, thousands of fans knew the words and sang along.
Maybe it was good luck. The Buccaneers went on defeat the Raiders 48-21.
Eighteen years later, Krazy, now sporting a white beard and the new nickname “Blak Sana” (as in black Santa Claus), has revamped the track for the current Bucs team.
“Fans goin’ crazy now that Mr. Bruce went and got Tom Brady.
“Every game off the chain cause the GOAT’s in here/ and you gonna walk the plank, better have your floats in here.”
He is not the only one trying to recapture some of the magic from two decades back. A YouTube user named Tony J posted his own version of Welcome to Raymond James recently.
The rhymes aren’t especially nuanced (“Evans, Gronkowski, McCoy and Godwin. Super Bowl coming up, yeah, we got ‘em”) but the dancing, digital Capt. Jack Sparrow in the video is strangely entrancing.
Tampa native rapper Big Baby Scumbag — who at one point sold merch with his own face as Bucco Bruce — focused his extremely high energy on quarterback Tom Brady in a nearly two-minute freestyle he did over that same beat back in September.
“I’mma pull up on Bill Belichick, he won’t fade me.
“I’mma pull up in a pirate ship, a n---a wavy.”
“Tom Brady swag, Tom Brady swag.”
This past week he filmed a video for it outside of Raymond James Stadium.
For what it’s worth, Brady has previously been name dropped in songs by Lil Wayne, Tyler the Creator, Drake and others. It’s frequent enough that Vibe published a Best Tom Brady References in Hip-Hop list in March.
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There’s a long tradition of NFL team songs by musicians popping up on local radio when a team is Super Bowl bound.
It’s rarer that NFL players record their own song, but the 1985 Chicago Bears set the standard when a group of players recorded the Super Bowl Shuffle before winning the Super Bowl and being nominated for a Grammy (thankfully, they lost to Prince).
That kind of cockiness doesn’t always work out though. A group of Jacksonville Jaguars recorded a Super Bowl rap song in 1999, only to lose 33-14 to the Titans in the AFC Championship. The Titans had listened to the song in the locker room as motivation.
A good Super Bowl theme doesn’t even have to mention the team specifically. Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow contains no lyrics about Pittsburg sports, but was perfectly fitting when the Steelers adopted it as their fight song before losing Super Bowl 45.
Buccaneers fans this year have options, and they’re finding them. Let the Cannons Go by Tampa rapper Daddy Purp has more than 10,000 plays on YouTube, many in the past week judging by the comments.
On Friday, 102.5 The Bone host Drew Garabo premiered a rowdy, original new song by a southern rock band from Tampa, the Soul Circus Cowboys, called We’re Gonna Buc You Up!
“You cut across our bow. We’re gonna Buc you up.
“You’re goin’ three and out. We’re gonna Buc you up.”
Wild 94.1-FM is set to debut its own Buccaneers anthem, Let’s Go, on Tuesday at 8:05 a.m. during Orlando & the Freakshow, program director Orlando Davis said. That one is going to feature Lil Jon and Orlando, and is a rework of the 2004 hit Let’s Go by Trick Daddy and Lil Jon.
Local paramedic and independent rapper Lorenzo Hogans II was working on a 2020 Bucs song before they had even won a game. Last week he emailed the Tampa Bay Times a link to his song Real Buccaneers, which first hit YouTube days after the Bucs fell to the Saints, 34-23, in the season opener.
“I Made this Bucs Anthem last year anticipating a Super Bowl and here we are!,” he wrote. “I thought it’d make a great article.”
Regardless of whether it was a true Super Bowl prediction, good luck or just some clever retrospective marketing, the track, featuring Frank Lini, has the kind of earworm hook that could work.
“They cant, take them, B-U-Cs. We Buccin’ on ‘em. We Buccin’ on ‘em.”
With vintage Buccaneers creamsicle team gear always in high demand, perhaps nostalgia could reignite the Buccaneers’ original fight song, Hey Hey Tampa Bay. Fun fact, it was created by Tampa’s Jeff Arthur, whose Jeff Arthur productions has written thousands of jingles, including “Make it a Blockbuster Night.”
“Hey, hey Tampa Bay, the Bucs know how to shiiine.”
We don’t know what the Buccaneers players are listening to to get pumped up before Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Chiefs, but we know what was on in the locker room after winning the NFC championship.
A video showed the team celebrating to Orlando rapper Kuttem Reese’s track, Madden. There’s no mention of the Bucs but the hook goes, “I’m talking Drew Brees, going long, just don’t overthink. I’m talking Chris Johnson, 2-8, with the Titans on plate, back in 0-8.”
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