What’s up RaiderNation? It’s time for another weekly edition of My Two Cents with silverandblackdaily.com’s resident old codger, Old Timer. This week I would like to talk about the recent teaming up of the rapper Ice Cube, our own Darren McFadden, and Pepsi to create a new anthem for the RaiderNation. The song is called “Come and Get it” and if you haven’t had a chance to hear it, you can listen to it now.
Now, before I go any further, let me just say that I am not, nor have I ever been a fan of rap or hip hop music. I am a rocker pure and simple. I grew up listening to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, etc. I play rhythm guitar, and sing lead vocals in the group that my drummer’s daughter calls “The Old Man Band”, and there is nothing that energizes me like great rock music. I can be so tired I can hardly move or keep my eyes open, and I can hear a song like “Communication Breakdown” (Led Zeppelin) and you better get out of my way because I am moving!!
But I am also a purist, and it is hard for me to imagine having anything other than this for the RaiderNation anthem (kudos to voodooraider for this video):
Although I am a rocker and a purist, I strive to have an open mind about all things, including music. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the Oakland Raider themed songs out there and see what might the best song for the RaiderNation national anthem. I am going in no particular order here.
I guess we should probably start with Ice Cube’s previous Oakland Raiders song, Raider Nation (nice job on the montage by mares408):
Next up is Raider for Life by ENOC (thank-you yffent)
Then there is this one dedicated to our beloved leader, a song called “Thank You Al” Hazmat Boyz AKA Dem Raider Boyz. I have to admit, I was choked up after hearing this one (thanks again to D0nt3ven):
There are a couple of others by Hazmat Boys I will mention here. The first is “Total Eclipse” (thank-you to blacksunday34):
The second is “Solidarity” (big thanks to TBHVision):
But if I had to choose a song to represent the RaiderNation, and it wasn’t the first video posted of the Autumn Wind, I’m not sure I can go with any of these (remember, this is “My Two Cents” here). One song I haven’t mentioned here that is often associated with the Silver and black is “Back in Black” by AC/DC (thank-you sparkysparky):
And lastly, here is a song that tells the world what they are doing if they mess with the RaiderNation, “Flirtin’ with Disaster” by Molly Hatchet (thank-you GimmeBackMyBullets75):
Like I said before in this article, I am a purist so I think I have to go with the Autumn Wind. It has been associated with the Raiders for as long as I can remember, and watching it still sends chills down my spine. But what do you think RaiderNation? Which of these songs do you think reps the RaiderNation the best? Or maybe you like one that I didn’t list here? Hit me up and let me know what you think. You can either reply to this article, or shoot me an email to the email address below. I do answer all emails, and if you respond with a different suggested song, I promise that you and the song you suggest will me mentioned in a follow up article. Also, if you have any suggestion for a future “My Two Cents”, shoot me an email. I can’t promise an article for every suggestion, but I will promise considering your suggestion.
Well, that it for this week my Raider brothers and sisters. Check back next Saturday for another edition of “My Two Cents”. Peace out RaiderNation!!
Questions? Comments? Email me at OldTimer@silverandblackdaily.com