He’s got the clothing down pat, what with the white team hat sitting at a jaunty angle and matching shirt to boot, and he’s accessorizing his style with some sweet bling, but does Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin got the skills to pay the bills? Seeing that I’m none too familiar with the glamorous world of Russian hip hop, it’s best to leave that decision in more capable hands than mine.
Ovechkin appears in the video for Sasha Belyi’s rap song “Champion,” which was released this past weekend, and as far as Russian rap songs go, it is off the hook, so long as off the hook still means pretty darn cool. Or do the kids these days still use the word fresh? Either way, the song, and Ovie’s rapping, aren’t all that bad. His dancing, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired. Think Elaine from Seinfeld and her “little kicks” as performed by a 6-foot-2 Russian hockey player with gap teeth and you’ll understand what I’m getting at.
Still, dropping a verse on a Russian rap song was probably a better way of spending his off-season than most of the guys in the NHL. Plus it opens up a possible post-hockey career that can be both lucrative and successful, so long as Ovechkin can keep polishing those mad skills.
Here’s a translation of Ovie’s rap, because you non-Russian speaking folks are just dying to know what the Caps superstar was rhyming (thanks to Puck Daddy)…
Alumni of Dynamo
8 on the back.
In the All-Star game all attention is on me.
On the NatTeam since 17
Scored 100 points in a season
Gold medal in Canada in ’08
Among the ten best players of the decade,
Stick in my hands, Rap in my headphones,
Saying hello from Washington,
Together with Sanya Belyi,
For every champion
[And then a bizarre sound that sounds like the English words "Look out!"]
Lil Wayne, you’ve just been put on notice (but not really).