Chance the Rapper honors Olympic basketball team with Nike ad song
As America’s Olympic athletes continue to go for gold in Rio, Chance the Rapper is cheering them on stateside with a new song: the Chicago emcee penned an original track as a tribute to the men’s and women’s basketball teams for Nike’s new “Unlimited Together” commercial.
“Oh say, can you see America’s face?” he sings over scattered piano, riffing on the country’s national anthem. “People, people, we the people would like you to know that wherever you’re going we’re right by your side.”
The accompanying black-and-white visual projects footage of celebrated competitors onto sides of skyscrapers, including shots of Brittney Griner, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, and Maya Moore; Chance salutes the American flag.
The video adds to the 23-year-old’s well-documented affinity for sports. He’s been an active supporter of his hometown White Sox over the years, and is reportedly up for a deal as the baseball team’s ambassador as of April. He also joins a handful of musicians in crafting original music for the Olympics. Katy Perry shared “Rise” in honor of this year’s games, and The Band Perry wrote “Live Forever” as the official team USA anthem.
“Unlimited Together” was made as part of Nike’s Unlimited campaign, which has also featured U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas, pro skateboarder Nyjah Huston, and champion Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaton. Watch Chance’s Nike ad above.