Rip City Rhapsody

rip city rhapsody cassette tape cover

Cassette tape cover. Sorry it's so blurry


I went over to help my friend Chuck clean out his girlfriend’s deceased grandmother’s house recently (which sounds more complicated than it was), and I stumbled across a piece of my childhood: “Rip City Rhapsody” on cassette. To refresh your memory, this song was put out by Z100 during the Blazers’ run at the NBA Title in 1990. Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, and Danny Young help sing the chorus, and the rappers are the guys from the U-Krew. For Blazers fans, this is one of the touchstones of the early 90’s Western Conference Championship teams. For everyone else, it’s a ridiculously cheesy hip-hop song. I can’t believe this song came out 20 years ago. I’m so old. Below I’ve posted the original song, the instrumental, and a ringtone. I know the ringtone works for me because I have a memory card in my phone, but I’m not sure it will work for everyone. I can send you copies of any of these if you email me. Just click on the contact link in the menu. Also below: the video and lyrics, which were written by none other than Tony Martinez, the traffic guy from KPTV-12, who used to be a morning DJ for Z100.

Rip City Rhapsody
Rip City Rhapsody Instrumental
Rip City Rhapsody Ringtone

Rip City Rhapsody Lyrics

RIP CITY RHAPSODY, PORTLAND, OREGON USA,
RIP CITY RHAPSODY, WE’RE THE BLAZERS AND WE LOVE TO PLAY.

SLAM A JAM OR JUMP SHOT, BLAZERS BURNIN’ RED HOT,
RIP CITY REPEAT, WINNIN’ TO A NEW BEAT,
BIG AND PROUD IN THE NBA,
SACKIN’ HOT STATS EVERY TIME WE PLAY.

TEAMWORK, BOUNCE PASS, POISE, PRIDE, FIRST CLASS,
HOT SEATS COURTSIDE, BLAZER BUS FREE RIDE,
HALFTIME HOMETEAM GAME ENHANCERS,
TALKIN’ ‘BOUT PORTLAND’S BLAZER DANCERS.

FASTBREAK FLYIN’, KEEP ON TRYIN’, NOW WE’RE SMOKIN’,
NOW WE’RE SKYIN’, WE AIN’T MESSIN’, WE AIN’T LYIN’,
PORTLAND’S WINNIN’ SO STOP YOUR CRYIN’.

(CHORUS)

BIG PRESS FULL COURT, FOUL SHOT FALLS SHORT,
TIP IN, IT’S GOOD, LEATHER BALL, HARD WOOD
STEAL IT, SCORE IT, LICKETY BRINDLE,
THAT’S WHAT WE CALL SWISH AND SWINDLE.

DRIVE, STOP, PUMP, SHOOT, LISTEN TO THE HORN TOON,
BACKBOARD SNAP BACK, BE BLAZERMANIAC,
REF IS RUNNIN’, BLOWING HIS WHISTLE,
YA BETTER HANG ON, ‘CAUSE WE’RE FLYIN’ LIKE A MISSLE.

PORTLAND’S JAMMIN’, DRIVIN’, SLAMMIN’,
OTHER TEAMS ARE FAKIN’, OTHER TEAMS ARE SCAMMIN’,
LAY UP’S NICE, BUT WHY NOT CRAM ‘EM,
BLAZERS DON’T JUST WIN, THEY SLAM ‘EM.

(CHORUS)

LOOSE BALL, MAD DASH, INTO THE FANS CRASH,
JUMPBALL HALF COURT, ROUNDBALL’S A HOT SPORT,
DEEP FROM THE BASELINE, BALL IN FLIGHT,
CHALK IT UP TWO, RED, BLACK AND WHITE.

LISTEN TO THE FLOOR SQUEAK, PORTLAND ON A HOT STREAK,
POWER PLAY, HOOK SHOT, PARTY IN THE PARKING LOT,
RIMS ARE BREAKIN’, BACKBOARDS FALLIN’,
CAUSE WE’RE BLAZER BASKETBALLIN’.

PORTLAND’S CRUISIN’, BUSTIN’, BRUISIN’,
NO MORE SLEEPIN’, NO MORE SNOOZIN’,
I DON’T CARE WHAT ‘D’ YOU’RE USIN’,
PORTLAND’S GONNA LEAVE YOU LOSIN’.

(CHORUS)

LACIN’ UP A HIGH TOP, GONNA MAKE A BIG STOP,
PICK ‘EM OFF, PUT IT IN, THEN YOU STEAL IT BACK AGAIN,
EVERYBODY STOMPIN’, FEET AND HANDS,
AND YA GOTTA GIVE IT UP FOR THE PORTLAND FANS,

MOVIN’ ON A DRIBBLE DRIVE, SLAPPIN’ UP A HIGH FIVE,
AT THE BUZZER IN FOR THREE, WE WANT A VICTORY,
LIGHT THE BLAZE AND LET THE SCORE GET HIGHER,
BUT YA BETTER CALL THE COPS ‘CAUSE THE HOOP’S ON FIRE.

HUSTLE, SWAT IT, NOW WE GOT IT,
BLAZER FEVER, HOPE YOU CAUGHT IT,
TRUE BELIEVERS EVERY MINUTE,
YA KNOW WE WANT IT, COME ON WIN IT!

(CHORUS)