It’s no secret that Wale is one of rap’s biggest sports fans, a devout fanatic the NBA, MLB and NFL teams of his hometown of Washington, DC. Wale has also been a guest on a variety of programs on ESPN, most notably their flagship show First Take. He, alongside fellow MMG’er Stalley, would ultimately give the show a theme song as well.
ESPN would call upon the services of Wale once again to revamp the theme, and the rapper would update “Every Word Great” for the show once again.
“I was honored when they asked me to write the current one, and jumped at the opportunity when they asked if I’d write the new one. I grew up on ESPN and now I’m writing their theme songs? Man, that’s what this whole EveryBlueMoon movement is about. Plus, Skip, Molly and Stephen A. are family.”
Kevin Wilson, ESPN music director, added, “Wale’s theme captures the attitude of the show while giving it an edge and a modern vibe that sets it apart from other sports-based theme songs.”
In addition to serving as a new theme song, the new show opening reflects the July addition of Molly Qerim as host of the show. “We wanted to incorporate Molly into the open, and since the show has recently been evolving and ratings are booming, it couldn’t come at a better time. Wale understood our mission and really took it seriously to create version 2.0,” explained First Take’s coordinating producer Antoine Lewis.
Watch it below.