Sure, there always will be the Tulane Fight Song. But Green Wave fans have a new anthem to get “crunk” to a rap written and performed by members of the Green Wave football team.
“Tulane (Bringing the Pain)” debuted in the Louisiana Superdome at homecoming on Oct. 9. It features junior defensive tackle Chris Asumnu (No. 99), redshirt junior safety Taylor Echols (#No. 15) and junior running back Albert Williams (No. 25) rapping on alternating verses they each wrote. The song was recorded by a Tulane business student, Jackson Breit, who laid the beat and sang the choruses.
View the video for football highlights to a rap song written and performed by Tulane athletes Albert Williams, Chris Asumnu and Taylor Echols. Highlights were edited by former Tulane student athlete James McMurchy. The song was recorded by Tulane student Jackson Breit, who laid the beat and sang the choruses.
Though the teammates don't have a formal group, they rap “all the time,” says Williams. “One day we were in the studio, and we were just rapping over a beat,” he recalls. “I told [Breit] to sing that little part, and we just got together and started laying it out.”
Echols says, “It was something everyone thought would be a good idea to do for the team; give a little swagger to the team.” The players received the song well and so did head coach Bob Toledo.
Asumnu, who goes by the name “Mr. Big Chris,” says, “We wanted to make something special for the team this season, and they all love it. Everyone was excited the first time they heard it. There's a line in the chorus that goes, 'This right here's for Tulane and Sule,' and they were all excited to hear that.”
The line is a tribute to Sule Osagiede, their teammate who died in a car accident in January 2010. Earlier this month, Tulane Athletics hosted a reception to inaugurate the Sule Osagiede Scholarship Fund,
which will benefit both a Tulane football student-athlete as well as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity each year.