Some incidents of sportsmen or women placing their careers on hold to record a song are good. Like the John Barnes and 1990 football World Cup anthem ‘World in Motion’.
Some incidents are not so good although unintentional comedy gold. I’m thinking Glen Hoddle and Chris Waddle’s 1987 tune ‘Diamond Lights’, Kevin Keegan’s ‘Head Over Heels in Love’ and the England cricket team providing backing vocals to ‘Jerusalem’ for the 2005 Ashes.
Entering somewhere in the middle is the latest tune from Astana, as the team from Kazakhstan debuted their new rap song on Twitter.
Headed by Belgian Laurens De Vreese, all of the top dogs, including Jakub Fuglsang and big boss Alexander Vinokurov, have got a bar or two to exalt the ability of the team and their tradition of finishing in first place.
If you’re not as up-to-date with current hip-hop trends as the Astana team, you may not have noticed they have plucked for a trap beat, a style of hip-hop developed in the southern United States which birthed mumble rappers such as Lil Pump, Lil Yachty and Travis Scott.
Lyrically, the song uses tight lyricism to portray the gritty real-life world of the WorldTour peloton, akin to the works of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Kendrick Lemar, securing itself G.O.A.T status.
My favourite line is: ‘Our shirts are in the blue colour. We are the only team who were blue before. All the other blue teams, it’s better to ignore.’
Actually no, it’s: ‘And Lutsenko on the cobbles, Champagne bottles.’ Not popping champagne bottles, just champagne bottles.
To further prove their ability to be down with the kids, the Astana team have started a new trend (which I think could be set to catch on) by wearing chainrings around their necks like oversized medallions.
Just like Flavor Flav and his big clocks or the Beastie Boys and their VW chains.
Fortunately, we think this has all been done in jest, a way of unwinding the boys throughout an off-season of long training camps out on the road and in the gym, which sets it apart from the Keegan, Waddle and Hoddle but we can’t be sure.
One thing we are sure of is that it’s no ‘Go Gorilla’.