Jets ‘Rex’ Song Composer Talks About Its Origin
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880 / AP) - Matt Fox, a 24-year-old songwriter/producer from Great Neck, N.Y., has composed and produced, along with friend Sean Henry, “Rex’s Gang Green,” a hip-hop song that is getting lots of buzz on the Internet.
WCBS 880 sports director Jared Max asked Fox about the song’s origin.
“Honestly, once I found out that they clinched a playoff spot, I had some time to kill and I had this beat lying around that I felt really good about,” Fox told Max. “I just had an idea. You know, the beat kinda pumped me up. I just kinda got the idea maybe I should write some Jet lyrics, have some fun with it. But never did I expect it to take off like it did.”
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It’s not quite the Bears’ “Super Bowl Shuffle” or Ickey Woods’ “The Ickey Shuffle” just yet, but the song has gotten more than 23,000 views on YouTube and is available for purchase on iTunes. It can also be heard on Fox’s personal site, www.TheFoxExperience.com.
The clever lyrics, rapped by Henry, highlight coach Rex Ryan and several players, including Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez and Brad Smith.
“Many disappear when they see Revis Island,” Henry smoothly raps during one verse. “Receivers keep hidin’, afraid to wake the lion/Callin’ him the best and his star’s still risin’/Captain of the D while the O’s high flyin’.”
The catchy chorus includes some popular “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” chants.
“We are from New York,” starts the chorus. “We back the smack talk. You do it your way. We reppin’ Broadway. This is our home team. We rock the dark green. We fight and we scream. For Rex’s Gang Green.”
The Jets take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field for the AFC championship at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)