Rapper Wale is set to perform at the Sacramento Kings’ opening night game and debut a song about the team, officials say.
Wale, a Grammy-nominated artist known for songs like Lotus Flower Bomb and No Hands, recently wrote and recorded the Kings-themed song.
He will perform the new track and other hits during the team’s halftime show Friday night, according to a news release from the Sacramento Kings. Read on to find out more.
Excited to have you
The King’s song and an accompanying music video will be used to introduce the team throughout the season, the Kings said.
According to a statement released by John Rinehart, the Kings’ president of business operations, Rinehart stated that they are excited to welcome such an iconic rapper to be a part of our Opening Night celebration.
He further went on to say Wale has put together something truly special to share with Kings fans and that they can’t wait to tip-off this anniversary season in a unique way. Wale is also slated to host a mentoring event with high school- and college-age students in the Sacramento area, the Kings said.
We’re all in this together
As part of opening night festivities, Wale will also be hosting a pregame studio session with more than 50 local students from the Men’s and Women’s Leadership Academy, Sacramento State, Sacramento Youth Speaks, and My Brother’s Keeper.
The session will feature the rapper discussing his background, lessons learned in the music industry and conducting a Q&A session. The Kings play the Portland Trail Blazers in the Oct. 25 home opener.
They start the new season on the road with an Oct. 23 matchup against the Phoenix Suns. The announcement comes in celebration of what will be the 35th anniversary of King’s basketball in Sacramento.