Friday, August 12, 2022

St. Paul’s Olympic Champion Sunissa Lee Got a Theme Song Courtesy of Local Rapper

When she’s not turning off the balance beam, 18-year-old Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee can giggle to her new fan song on the Spotify app, courtesy of Twin Cities rapper Lil Crush.

The South Minneapolis musician, also known as 20-year-old Matthew Beachy, hosts open mic Tuesday nights at the Creators Space Cafe on West Seventh Street in downtown St. Paul and releases his music on the web. He and colleague MN Fats (Apple Valley’s Jason Brown) and promoter-manager Rich da Plug (Apple Valley’s Rich Johnson) were hanging out at home this month, watching Lee, a St. Paul-bred gymnast, wow the world from Tokyo. When inspiration felt like an Olympic bell.

Lil Crush and MN Fats had to write a 2:37 minute tribute song, “Sunny Lee”, sung by Lil Crush. With the help of Rich da Plug, he released the song via WEON Records on Spotify over the weekend.

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“We’ve done it in the last four days,” Rich da Plug said with hometown pride on Saturday. “We were watching the Olympics, and we were excited. I’m originally from St. Paul. The crush was originally in the White Bears. The Fats went to Apple Valley High School. I chatted it up to my friend Steve Thao (Center for Hmong Arts and Talent in St. Paul’s Frogtown). He’s a good friend of mine, and he (Lee) is close to the family. He’s going to make sure the family hears it.”

Here are some choice cuts from “Listen Lee,” which opens with a recording of Lee himself talking about the bright lights of the contestant’s field:

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“Rapin’ sleeping on my neck like Suni Lee. I’m the greatest in the world, goat. … Put some gold around my girl’s neck like Suni Lee. … Trained killers on my team with them in Tokyo Landed to. Fans are screaming USA. We’re going to make the world believe. You can be like Suni Lee. Yes yes yes yes yes. You can be like Gabby D. USA, yes yes. You can be like Simone B. Be like… Hard work, dedication, that’s my legacy. Gold, that’s my pedigree. … stuck to the plan. This is my chance to go down in history. I’ve made the nation number one . I did it for my family. And to inspire all the little kids in my community.”

song is available online

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