Ever since Malcolm Kelly was drafted — since well BEFORE he was drafted, in fact — this is what most of the Redskins fans I know have associated him with: his locker room freestyle after the Sooners’ Big 12 Championship Game win back in 2006.
So when I spoke to hip-hop artist (and Redskins fan) Wale yesterday, I asked him when he’d have Kelly do a guest verse on something. “One day,” Wale said. “We both have to get further in our careers.” But something in the way he said it led me to believe that he had no idea why I was asking the question, a suspicion that quickly proved true. I explained about the freestyling and the YouTube video and all of that, and he shrugged and moved on.
When I told Kelly that story today, he returned the favor, saying that he wasn’t hugely familiar with Wale — “You know,” he said, “I’m just now getting’ up here to the East Coast, so it’s a different thing up here. I heard he jams, though.” — but when I mentioned the YouTube video, Chris Wilson chimed in from a few lockers down.
“What you got on YouTube?” Wilson asked. Kelly and I both tried to explain.
“Wait,” Wilson said, “you was rappin’? I never seen it. Was it good?”
Which is how I found out that no matter what my friends and I liked about Kelly before he got here, virtually no one in the locker room had seen what made Kelly YouTube famous.
“Yeah, I’ve heard him freestyle,” Fred Smoot said. “He’s on my label, Flyin’ Spur Productions.”
But the YouTube video? “Naw, I’ve heard about the legendary Big 12 freestyle, but I’ve never seen it. I make NEW music with him.”
“Nah,” Santana Moss said, “I never seen it. I heard about it, though. They say he tore it up.”
“I still ain’t seen it,” Brian Orakpo said. “Usually I catch up with stuff that everybody talks about, but I haven’t seen that one yet. Heard he was goin’ off on the thing.”
Devin Thomas was the only outlier. “Yeah,” he said, “I heard it a long time ago. It’s old. It was tight when I used to listen to it, but I rap with him every day.”
A few lockers down from Thomas, Hunter Smith returned to the party line. “No, I have not” seen the YouTube, he said. “I’ve heard some of their newer stuff in the weight room, though.”
Oh, I said? Have you considered a sort of crossover project with your Christian rock band Connersvine?
Smith blinked at me. “I don’t think it’s gonna work,” he said. “I don’t think there is much of a crossover. There would have to be a pretty drastic change in content.”
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