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Wale’s title track for the RGIII documentary (Video)

(Screengrab via Gatorade Productions)


“RGIII: The Will to Win,” a documentary on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his rehab from knee surgery, debuts on ESPN on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7. We’ve already gotten a few glimpses of the Gatorade-ESPN-NFL Films production, including Griffin beatboxing, opening wedding gifts and one-upping his teammates in the weight room.

And of course, wherever you have D.C. sports stars, a certain local hip-hop artist isn’t too far behind, so now comes this latest bit of promotional material, the documentary’s title track.

It’s called “No Pain No Game,” by Wale. The D.C. native and noted Redskins fan was asked by Griffin and Gatorade to create the track, and he “raps from the perspective of Griffin, a gridiron gladiator,” according to Gatorade.

Also, it includes this line: “And if I’m on one leg I’m a still be here all year won’t sit.” Uh-oh. Check it out below.

Here are the lyrics, courtesy of Gatorade Productions:

Keep fighting till you overcome
In the jungle beat the drums
Ooooooo ooooooo
Victory I must get
Tell me can you feel my pain?
Noooo oooooo

Verse 1:
Uh uh, yea I’m a gladiator I’m a fighting champion a warrior
I’m a family man I gotta pay my dues but can’t afford to run
Hold my head up high and never let up nah maybe it’s foolish pride
And if I gotta lose then make me fall down four times, I get up five
I’m committed to this, I’m addicted to winnin but ain’t livin for that
Tryin to get em to see I don’t do it for me as long as I’m givin civilians a hundred million percent
This is hard work, this is our turf, I’m a carry the city till my arms hurt
I’m a move make and never lose faith I know the easy plays do the hard work

No pain no gain
No strife no stripes
No blood no bash
For the burgundy & gold never hold nothin’ back

No pain no gain
No strife no stripes
No blood no bash
For the burgundy and gold we gone always fight…

Verse 2:
Look we came to work, we came to win, they came to watch so let the pregame begin
The defense will be sick, when we get up in
The trenches, relentless till we put up six
Where your focus at?
Where your soldiers at?
You never got to ask
It ain’t no holdin back until we on the map
No pain no gain
Though it hurt I won’t quit yea
And if I’m on one leg I’m a still be here all year won’t sit
Stand tall for the whole team
Work hard when its dark keep focused
See the odds keep dodgin them all if you fall go harder
Cuz you here for a purpose



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