Rappers and Baseball Hats: AL West

Wherein I skip the Rangers and the Angels because there don’t seem to be any rappers willing to wear their chain, not because I don’t like them.  I couldn’t find anything sweet enough from either team to grace the hallowed cyber-pages of NotGraphs, and I’m betting you, dear reader, can’t either.  Prove me wrong, preferably in the form of a cordial comment below. :)  

Two things worth talking about when talking about Rap in the AL West.  1, that MC Hammer was a bat boy for the Oakland A’s, and 2, that there’s this rapper from Seattle going by the moniker Macklemore and he’s pretty damn fresh.

The Part About MC Hammer


It goes like this – when Stanley Burrell (the kid on the left) was a kid growing up in Oakland he would hang around the A’s parking lot, doing his thing.  He eventually caught the eye of A’s owner Charlie Finley, who made him a batboy.  Reggie Jackson started calling the kid ‘Hammer’, because he looked so much like Hank Aaron, and the rest is rap history.

The Part About Macklemore

Macklemore, a rapper named Ben Haggerty from Seattle, knows what he’s doing.  And the dude loves baseball.  Last year he released a track called “My Oh My” in memory of longtime Mariners radio announcer Dave Niehaus. It may be the best rap song about baseball, and the video honestly brings chills. I just found it today, and I’ve probably watched it at least five times.

Every year XXL magazine compiles a list of rappers to watch called the Freshmen list. This year they’ve released a list of 50 finalists, and have opened it up to the public. Macklemore made the cut. He’s got my vote.

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  1. Soriano is A Liar says:

    I must point out the egregious snub of my favorite A’s-hat-wearing-rapper, MC Lars!


    I don’t think he ever performs without it, except for the one time I saw him wearing a Rays hat as a joke.

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  2. olethros says:

    The best rap song about baseball is “The Saga of Dandy, the Devil, and Day” by the Ultramagnetic MCs.

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  3. Summer Anne says:

    I love this series! Let me know if you need any help with my Astros — Houston rap, represent!

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  4. beachykeen says:

    Yes Macklemore! Entirely underappreciated as a rap artist. Check out the Blue Scholars as well, they’re also known to drop Mariners and old Supersonics/Sonics knowledge in their verses.

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  5. Resolution says:

    I hope there’s a Bavasi diss track on the way from him too.

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  6. superfly snuka says:

    Wow that guy is really white.

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  7. Well, it’s not a hat, but here’s Ludacris sporting some Angels gear:

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  8. delv says:

    This Macklemore guy is jacking Brother Ali’s whole style.

    the best baseball rap songs are:
    Main Source (w/ Large Professor) – Just a Friendly Game of Baseball

    and Natural Resource (w/ Jean Grae) – Negro League Baseball

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    • Cody Wiewandt says:

      I just listened to these tracks, and while they are both hella fresh and certainly better ‘hip-hop’ tracks than ‘my oh my’, I just don’t feel like they even come close to matching Maclemore’s heart, and that’s what gets me every time about this video.

      but I will, at the very least, allow them to be in the same conversation, which is more than I can say for Kanye’s haha hum, and here’s another hit ‘Barry Bonds’.

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