Feb 2014
Matt Bourgault

Ante Up, Mr. Cena

Matt attempts to milk this whole “I went to Monday Night Raw” thing for as long as possible.

Tonight was a very special Monday, as the WWE’s Monday Night Raw was in town. Being the manchild that I am, I had to attend. So forgive e for my brevity tonight, I had a long, wrestling-filled day today.

I’ll go more into detail about the event tomorrow, but for now I did find something music (Music Monday) related.

After all of the other wrestlers had spent approximately three hours entertaining the Omaha crowd, the WWE’s cash cow John Cena entered the ring to a standing ovation. He fought for what seemed like five seconds, and then finished his appearance by playing to the adoring pubic. Said public then returned the favor by purchasing an astonishing amount of overpriced merchandise.

But I’m not here to make fun of Mr. Cena’s work ethic (that will likely come tomorrow). Such is life when you have the magical ability to print money for your company. I only hope I can get there someday.

No, I’m here to talk about what was playing over the arena speakers when Cena entered the ring. You see, wrestler intro music usually falls into one of three categories: “Ethnic” music meant to remind viewers that the dude is totally not American, angsty teen rock that hits home with target demographics, or unintelligible rap recorded by the wrestler themselves. Why no one comes out to some good, old-fashioned DMX is beyond me.

Cena’s music falls into the third category. In fact, he released an album with his intro song on it.

That may sound familiar to you, mostly because Cena has been using the same music since he was created in some wrestling test tube ten years ago. Real hip-hop heads will recognize it for a different reason, though.

The yell at the beginning, the “BRRR Abado!” if you will, was lifted from M.O.P.’s classic anthem, “Ante Up.”

The yell was also used in the very excellent remix to the song.

But this isn’t exactly a new revelation. In 2008, M.O.P. sued the WWE and John Cena because of the sample. The lawsuit was later dropped, probably due to an out of court settlement.

So why bring this up? Well, and I hate to admit it, I kind of side with Cena.

I love M.O.P. So much so, that whenever anyone asks me to name  a good “hard” rap song, I usually point them in the direction of an M.O.P. banger. They specialize in making me think I’m much tougher than I am and fueling my daydreams of mugging everyone I see waking on Creighton’s campus. Real, high-quality gangsta stuff here.

And this is why Cena was right in jacking that sample. There is no better way to show respect for the Mash Out Posse than by robbing someone, even if they are the Mash Out Posse.

Besides, M.O.P. have other things to worry about, like dirty Foreigners trying to steal their other songs.