The Penn State community has been grieving the loss of Joe Paterno differently. Some students assembled on the snow-covered lawn of Old Main Sunday night with candles in hand. Some spoke a short prayer around the JoePa statue outside Beaver Stadium. Some posted Facebook statuses, blog posts, and tweets about how much the iconic head coach changed their lives, on and off of the gridiron. One Penn State freshman, though, decided to pay homage to the late Joe Paterno with a rap song/Youtube video titled “Legends Never Die.”
The self-proclaimed “witty spitter” Malik LRB (@malikLRB) trudges listeners through 24 bars, written with the hopes of honoring the legendary life of Penn State’s unofficial face of the university.
Everyone sends their blessings like he just said Achoo,
Condolences expressed by those gathered at his statue,
Showed us how a foofootball team should be run,
With 37 Bowl Games and 24 Won.
His hooks and punchlines fall a little flat, despite good intentions being the motivation, though Malik LRB does say on his Facebook page that simplicity of songmanship is a homage to Paterno’s noteworthy records.
Malik LRB nods to Joe Pa’s illustrious career are admirable. He mentions his 2006 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, his 409 wins as head honcho and his three Big Ten Coach of the Year awards, and the fact that Joe Pa has “been around longer than most of us have been alive.” Malik LRB’s “Legends Never Die” can be seen as a publicly intimate way of paying his last respects to Joe Paterno.
This is the second topical Penn State rap Malik LRB has released in the past week. His first spin is titled “THON Rap.” Though he got the date of THON weekend wrong, he skillfully rhymes about how OG canning and philanthropy are over the beat of Sisqo’s early 2000s hit, the “Thong Song.”