Left Back Football, May 20th, 2016.The relationship between football and rap music is an odd one. It’s rarely an official one unless watered down with political correctness and PR that the brand of Modern Football requires of all it’s partners.
John Barnes’ memorable cameo on New Order’s ‘World In Motion‘ prior to Italia ’90 was a rare occasion where the bridge between the two cultures was crossed with success. Yet, more frequently efforts such as the shout-heavy ‘Gooners and we’re Gunning‘ from the Fly Emirates-clad geezers below represent the relationship between the sport and the music genre. A song which stood the test of time as well as the rappers’ beloved club’s 2016 title challenge.
However, a far less cringe-inducing effort has been made courtesy of comedian, actor and rapper Doc Brown, with the help of UK hip-hop royalty in Verb T and producer, Chemo. The trio of Palace fans released ‘Glad All Over Again’ ahead of the Eagles’ first FA Cup final appearance since 1990, when a cover of the original 1963 ‘Glad All Over’ was sung by the then Palace squad to accompany Steve Coppell’s side to Wembley.
The similarities with the 2016 and 1990 finals don’t end there, as Manchester United were the opponents of the South-London club on that occasion too. I spoke to lifelong Palace fan and legendary UK rapper, Verb T, about that final 26 years ago, the presence of football in rap music and, the chances of Alan Pardew’s side doing what they didn’t manage in 1990 – beating United in the FA Cup final.
So, Verb T is a Palace fan?
VERB T: “It’s on a family level, my Grandad is a Palace fan and was watching them way back since the 1940s, I think. One of my earliest football memories is being a kid watching Palace in the 1990 cup final so it’s cool it’s come full circle to this point now.“
Who were your heroes growing up supporting them?