Spain's Gerard Pique is one of the world's best and most versatile defenders, known for his smooth passing out of the back and perfectly-timed tackles. Meanwhile, Italy's Mario Balotelli is all power. Fast, nimble, and an excellent striker of the ball, the son of Ghanaian immigrants has become one of the breakout stars of the Euro 2012 finals.
The two will surely clash multiple times today, but both will have big voices from the music world on their side.
After the national anthems are finished, the focus of the Euro 2012 final will be squarely on the field. But in the background of what's sure to be a fantastic soccer match, there's still plenty of music to be heard.
Before the Euro 2012 final even starts on Sunday, both Italy and Spain will display their national melodies front and center. What exactly will the players be singing (or humming along with) when their anthems are played?
Before joining Soundcheck, I played in a band called Secret Cities. Actually, I still play in a band called Secret Cities. It’s complicated, since we all live in different towns, but that’s also our normal arrangement, and it’s also not really the point of this post. Piracy is.
In 1995, rapper GZA released “Liquid Swords,” a dark, hard-hitting collection of songs now considered a hip-hop masterpiece. The album's stature is as much a function of GZA’s lyrical prowess as it is of the atmospheric beats of producer RZA, GZA’s cousin and Wu-Tang Clan cohort.
However, for tonight’s Northside Festival show at Music Hall of Williamsburg celebrating the seminal album, GZA will ditch the DJ. Instead, Austin, Texas Latin funk ensemble Grupo Fantasma will provide the musical backing for GZA’s twisting rhymes. In doing so, the band won't just have to keep up with GZA – they’ll also have to impersonate the myriad samples that make up RZA’s beats. These samples include some surprising names and sounds you might not associate with hip-hop OR Latin funk. Here are my top five: