Posted by Adam Jacobi
Penn State has a tough task in front of it this spring, deciding a first-string quarterback between 2010 part-time starters Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden, with sophomore Kevin Newsome firmly in the mix as well. There's been little indication as to who will win the job on a permanent basis, and for all we know, the question won't be decided until the summer months.
If, however, the quarterback race is so tight that it comes down to a rap battle -- look, stick with me here, it's just an "if" -- then it appears Newsome might have the upper hand. Oh, it probably won't come down to that, because I can't even imagine what Joe Paterno thinks about rap music, but hypothetically speaking, Newsome is prepared here.
PSU fan site Bro Paterno posted a couple songs of Newsome's (or, as he prefers to call himself on the mic, "NewNew"*) yesterday.
This one, "I'm Cool," has an isolated instance of race-based profanity (you can probably figure it out), so by rule the audio is NSFW, but by and large the language is better than with most rap songs. And we've got to say, it's not that bad. It's not that good, either, but at the very least the beat is decent and it's not horrible toward women. So, y'know, there's that.
There's one other song on the link above: "Set You Apart," which is more "inspirational," if we had to put a word to it. Another fitting word would be "slow." As for this one, it's obvious Newsome's heart was in the right place, and the world could use more positivity in general, but the song's not very good. I know, it's shocking that a 20-year-old athlete isn't a dynamite music producer yet, but still: this left me wanting.
All in all, he's at least got a fine ear for music, and we've definitely heard worse from athletes over the years. Remember Kobe Bryant's rap career? With that one song where he was all "let's put Tyra Banks in this too"? Stunning that his rap career never got off the ground. So keep trying, NewNew -- you'll be better than Kobe in no time! You pretty much already are!
*Am I the only one who hears "New-New" and thinks of making guitar solo noises? Just me?