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Caps Go Culture

Amazing photoshop from All Things Go.

(Adapted from previous items for purposes of newspaper excerpting.)

The residents of the Verizon Center are undergoing some sort of musical moment this spring. Indie rocker Stephen Malkmus has played a tune called the Caron Butler Blues, telling the Village Voice he has a man-crush on Butler. Syd Butler, the bassist for indie rockers Les Savy Fav, made his way into the Caps dressing room after last Thursday's win over the Lightning and is blogging about the team for Metal rappers Pummeler have recorded a pleasant ditty called "Ovechkin," featuring the following child-friendly verse:

(don't be) fooled cuz he's a Russian
(it's) your body he'll be crushin
(it's your) tears that will be flowing
(and your) blood that will be gushin

As mentioned earlier, the thrash death metal gents from Darkest Hour have recorded their own Caps anthem and are also in the throes of Ovechkin love, with guitarist Mike Schleibaum telling's Christopher Porter that watching Ovechkin is "like watching Eddie Van Halen on skates -- well, if Eddie could skate" and promising to get members of the Caps into a mosh pit during a Stanley Cup celebration at Ovechkin's mansion.

Which brings us to Wale, the D.C.-born go-go-fueled rapper who in recent weeks dropped some puck into his latest track, "Back in the Go Go" like so:

Yeah - Still high two stepping it; Do it for the capital, Wale Ovechkin

Wale Ovechkin? What in the name of Pollin is that all about?

"It's a double meaning: capital is money and the Capital is Washington D.C.," Wale said during a brief telephone conversation this afternoon. "I mean, I mentioned Olaf Kolzig before, but the song never made it out....It was kind of like the same thing: 'Olaf Kolzig, my goal is capital.'...A lot of rappers mention sports a lot, but it's mostly basketball. Mines are a little bit more obscure. I guess my brain works a little differently, I don't know. I don't hear too many of those [hockey references]. It is what it is. It's just part of rap, just staying relevant with things that are going on."

So he's a Caps fan?

"Never even been to a Capitals game; watch 'em on TV every once in a while," Wale said. "I'd root for them when I watch because it's D.C. I root for every local team, definitely root for them. And it doesn't hurt that we have the best player in hockey, it don't hurt."

I don't know whether Stephen Malkmus has previously praised D.C. athletes, but Wale has, of course, made liberal use of D.C. sports references throughout his career, from Freddy Adu to John Gilchrist ("Home of the Terrapins, beware of the Gilchrist"), from Sean Taylor to Clinton Portis to a Redskins rap penned for Comcast SportsNet, from Gilbert Arenas to the Hoyas. ("The home of Marvin Gaye; That's all I gotta say; Yeah, Iverson was cool; but I supported Victor Page.")

"I just write," he said, when asked how he decides which local athletes to mix into his verse. "It's not like you say, 'I'm gonna mention four players [now],' you know what I mean? It's just whatever I'm thinking about at the time. You're just writing a song, and whatever comes out, you don't really plan it."

His checklist now includes players from the Caps, the Wizards, the Redskins, D.C. United, Maryland and Georgetown, but no Nats. Does this cultural moment not extend to Half Street?

"I wear a Washington Nationals hat every day," Wale offered. "I'm wearing one right now, actually."

Wale, wearing Nats, with Lindsay Lohan.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2008; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Wizards  
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WALE!!! nice post Steinz, he is going to be huge.

Posted by: Pmizzle | April 9, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness Steinz. Thanks for the blog lovin, my site (All Things Go) needs all the lovin it can get. Also, i legitimately spent an hour on that photoshop job.

How did you find me? I mean, honestly? I read your site like 30 times a day, never commented, never.

I'm in awe. I love you.

Posted by: Zack AKA All Things Go | April 9, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Wale!!! And Chris Porter! That's a quality item.

Posted by: Lindemann | April 10, 2008 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Wale is going to blow up.

Posted by: Boris (The Intern) | April 10, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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