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Ottawa rapper, blues guitarist team up for new Redblacks anthem

The team reached out to a couple of local artists to create a track that would pump up fans as well as celebrate the franchise and its players. 
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Alo The One singing the new Redblacks anthem, August 2021. Photo/ Ottawa Redblacks on Facebook

Two local musicians, each with a focus in different genres, have teamed up for a new Ottawa Redblacks anthem. 

The song, 'REDBLACKS,' is a collaboration between rapper Alo the One and blues guitarist J.W. Jones. The pair are blending hip hop and blues as a way to do something special for the players and celebrate the team.

"This all started with a rapper named Alomar; he goes by Alo the One," JW Jones tells CityNews Ottawa. "The REDBLACKS had reached out to him to get him working on a track. Then, they thought it would be a cool collaboration to have me play guitar on it, you know, to mix the genres."

Jones says Alo the One wrote the lyrics, including his favourite line from the song, "We had a taste of the cup and now we want it back." 

"This is just a really great tune to pump up the fans, pump up the team and just, you know, create that vibe," Jones says. "I don't know what the future plans are for it, but I know I would absolutely love to hear it in the stadium when the Redblacks are being announced to the field. That would be so cool."

Jones' father-in-law is former Ottawa Rough Rider Kari Yli-Renko, so he says, for him, the song is that much more special.

The Redblacks beat Edmonton 16-12 in their season opener last weekend and will play their first game at TD Place since 2019 on August 28.

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