Edgy & Sneaky Awesome… by Brandon Crawford
Hunter and Buster pulled me aside during batting practice Wednesday morning, the second day of full camp.
“We’re falling asleep listening to this,’’ Buster said. The music from the stadium speakers was like the soundtrack to a Lifetime movie.
“We need something with some edge,’’ said Hunter, who’s obviously not a guy into calm, soothing music.
As the clubhouse DJ, I went to work. That night Chad Chop, assistant DJ (and batting practice pitcher/replay advisor), came over to my house, and we spent a few hours poring over the 2500 songs on my laptop. We put together two playlists, each about two hours long so we can put them on shuffle and have a different mix every day.
One is The Edgy Playlist.
It’s pretty much what you’d think. Lots of rap and hip-hop, including older stuff from Dr. Dre and Tupac. We debuted The Edgy Playlist Thursday during BP. Big difference. It’s not that we’re working harder. We’re already working hard. But the right music just lifts you up. One song on the list has been a favorite in the clubhouse for a while, “The Hills’’ by The Weeknd. I don’t think I ever played a song as liked by everyone as that one. Buster and Bum both love it. Hunter Strickland now works out to it. I’ve been a big fan of The Weeknd since I first heard him in 2011.
We call the other list The Sneaky Awesome Playlist (Chop’s great title).
It has songs that when you first hear one, you’re like, “C’mon, Justin Bieber?’’ But you know every word. You think you’re too cool for NSync’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart,’’ but we all grew up with that song and can’t help singing along. I, for one, am comfortable enough to admit I like this music. Remember, I’ve had walk-up songs by Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding and, yes, Justin Bieber. (Tell me you don’t like “Sorry’’ or “What Do You Mean?’’.) Now, having said that, I’m not ready to blast the Sneaky Awesome list during BP yet. We’re easing guys into it in the clubhouse. Some are complaining, but they’ll come around.
I’m including both lists at the end of the blog. (Parents: some songs aren’t suitable for kids, so check them out before playing them in the car.)
As for my walk-up song, I’m pretty sure I’m going with a song by Future whose title I can’t include here. Not family-friendly. I love it for the beat, not the lyrics. Here’s a link to an instrumental version, which is what you’ll hear at the ballpark. The part I’m using starts at the 27-second mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEKHQtTqjc
Big Pimpin’ by Jay-Z
The Hills by The Weeknd
No Flex Zone by Rae Sremmurd
Ride wit Me by Nelly
Put On by Young Jeezy
Hotline Bling by Drake
Lay Low by Snoop Dogg
Berzerk by Eminem
Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre
California Love by 2Pac
Party Up (Up in Here) by DMX
Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G.
What You Know by T.I.
Shook Ones, Pt. II by Mobb Deep
The Next Episode by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
All About U by 2Pac, Fatal, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg
Holidae In by Chingy
Work Hard, Play Hard by Wiz Khalifa
Power by Kanye West
Still Not a Player by Big Pun
Cinderella Man by Eminem
I Luv It by Young Jeezy
Superstar by Lupe Fiasco
Remember My Name by Maino
If I Can’t by 50 Cent
Let’s Ride by The Game
Hustlin’ by Rick Ross
In da Club by 50 Cent
Let’s Go by Trick Daddy
My House by Flo Rida
Trap Queen by Fetty Wap
Thong Song by Sisqo
Sneaky Awesome Playlist
In the Night by The Weeknd
Sorry by Justin Bieber
Talking Body by Tove Lo
Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato
Black Space by Taylor Swift
On My Mind by Ellie Goulding
Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd
Chandelier by Sia
This Is How We Do by Katy Perry
We R Who We R by Ke$ha
Slow Down by Selena Gomez
Larger Than Life by Backstreet Boys
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson
Sexy and I Know It by Ghetto Superstar
C’mon by Ke$ha
You Know You Like It by DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge
Lights by Ellie Goulding
Bad Blood by Taylor Swift
We Found Love by Rihanna
Something in the Way You Move by Ellie Goulding
Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez and The Scene
Applause by Lady Gaga
Disturbia by Rihanna
Boom Clap by Charli XCX
Dark Horse by Katy Perry
Die Young by Ke$ha
Pop by NSYNC
Paryt in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
What Do You Mean? By Justin Bieber
Too Close by Alex Clare
Blow by Ke$ha
Bum by Ellie Goulding
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by PINK
Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake
I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa
I Took a Pill in Ibiza by Mike Posner
No Scrubs by TLC