During the San Francisco Giants’ playoff run in 2010, Ashkon recorded a remake of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” that was slightly successful. Okay, that’s a massive understatement. The song became a mainstay on KNBR and the video currently has 2.9 million views on YouTube.
The singer/rapper went with a similar formula leading up to the NFC Championship Game with “Niners in Paris,” a takeoff on the song of a similar (but NSFW) name by Jay-Z and Kanye West. That video didn’t explode quite like “Don’t Stop Believing,” but nearly 500,000 views isn’t too shabby.
As the Giants made their run toward a second World Series title in three years, I heard more than a few people ask this question: “Where’s Ashkon?” Today we got our answer, as he dropped his latest Giants tune: “We Are The Champions – 2012 SF Giants Celebratory Anthem.”
The video shows a clean-shaven Ashkon performing the song at Civic Center, along with scenes of Freddy Mercury singing the original song and footage from the Giants World Series Parade. Here’s the video — it’s going to be hard to top the popularity and buzz of the 2010 anthem, but based on the feedback I’ve seen on Twitter people seem to dig it.
And while we’re on the subject of videos, here is a cool postseason montage from @carmenkiew, who was nice enough to save us a spot at the parade along with her friend Sara. Carmen did a great job editing all these highlights (not surprising since she’s a master when it comes to creating .GIFs), and the video tells the Giants’ 2012 championship story quite well.