Chuck D, co-founder of Public Enemy and a huge sports fan, has a new song out that collectors and fans will appreciate.
“It’s So Hard to See My Old Baseball Cards Move On” was actually born out of his own artwork.
Chuck grew up as a Mets fan in Queens, NY, collecting cards with his father and going to games.
Along with his influential music career, Chuck is also an accomplished artist. After watching so many memorable players pass away over the last 12 months, including Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver and finally, Tommy Lasorda, the 60-year-old rapper created an illustration to remember all of them. The music followed.
“A lot of this also comes off of the commonality of myself and also fellow superstar guitarist, one of the great guitarists of the planet, Tom Morello,” Chuck told MLB Network. “He would be on our plane, playing Strat-O-Matic. Originally, Tom would just say, ‘Hey, let’s make a song about this, all the great ballplayers we grew up with that we lost in 2020.’ I decided to do some artwork, and then out of the artwork came the song.”
The video for the song includes highlight clips and images designed to look like baseball cards.
Chuck D is also a big fan of baseball artist Graig Kreindler, calling him “the greatest baseball painter I’ve ever seen.”