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Pen Game Strong: Wale Writes New Theme Song For ESPN2's 'First Take'


(AllHipHop News) Earlier today (Jan. 7), Wale hopped on Twitter and wrote, “Lemme change my trajectory and listen to myself on ESPN Again..” The Grammy-nominated lyricist wrote a new them song for ESPN2’s First Take — it premiered today. The sports -centric show hosted by Molly Qerim features both Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless as respected debaters.

Back in 2013 both Wale and Stalley were tapped to create a theme song for the show. The former collegiate athlete, who “grew up on ESPN” says the opportunity to write the new them song was a “big deal.” The D.C. native expressed his gratitude and expressed, “I was honored when they asked me to write the current one, and jumped at the opportunity when they asked if I’d write the new one. I grew up on ESPN and now I’m writing their theme songs? Man, that’s what this whole EveryBlueMoon movement is about. Plus, Skip, Molly and Stephen A. are family.”

The music director for ESPN, Kevin Wilson, and First Take’s coordinating producer are more than satisfied with Wale’s efforts. Wilson has stated, “Wale’s theme captures the attitude of the show while giving it an edge and a modern vibe that sets it apart from other sports-based theme songs.” In addition to that praise, Lewis has shared, “Wale understood our mission and really took it seriously…”

Here’s Wale’s excited tweet:

Take a listen to the theme song entitled “Every Word Great.”