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    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Cedric Alexander Won't Let Go

    While going through my archives of this column, I realized that I haven't used this space yet to show some love for Cedric Alexander—one of my favorite WWE Superstars today, whose entrance theme is also among my faves since it debuted.

    Sure, Alexander's momentum is stop-and-go on 205 Live, but the purple show has been picking up steam over the last couple of months. And good ol' Cedric has been embroiled in one of its top storylines right now featuring The Brian Kendrick and the recently-turned Jack Gallagher. That means we get to see more of Cedric and we get to hear more of this ditty:

    I have a soft spot for entrance themes with bombastic buildups, especially in the R&B and hip-hop genres. There is a reason I used to go with Drake's "Over" and Eminem's "3 a.m." as my entrance themes in PWR, after all.

    The way these songs begin announces your presence with just the right amount of swagger, while still building up to the drop that also lowkey serves as one's cue to get out there and show the world what they're made of.

    That's the case for "Won't Let Go," which opens with keys playing softly, along with a whooshing sound and a mild siren in the background. It actually sounds like the first few chords in Tinie Tempah's "Written In The Stars," at least until the vocals come in.

    The singer resembles Ziggy Marley in terms of his diction and accents, particularly with how he enunciates the syllables in the song's lone verse. He's heavily autotuned in the hook, but loses it through the verse, where he straddles the line between singing a la Lil Wayne and performing spoken word.

    Where the song picks up is in the beat, which actually sounds a lot like the drums in "Phenomenal," AJ Styles' theme! I'll leave it up to you to decide whether CFO$ was being lazy or if they were being smart by recycling a key element of a well-received entrance theme from earlier in the year. Now, I've used this space to really lay it into CFO$' lack of creativity and production value, and that won't change in this column. I'm in the former camp, even though I actually dig the slower tempo of the recycled beat because it fits the general vibe of the song, as well as Cedric Alexander's generally laid-back persona.

    Lyrically, it's your typical song that tells your typical underdog story. It revolves around a guy who had nothing but then became something despite all of the haters trying to bring them down. It's really similar to a lot of entrance themes used in wrestling, so there's nothing too special here.

    Okay, so I called out the song's beat and its close resemblance to AJ Styles' theme, and I crapped on the overused motif of the song's lyrics. Plus, I managed to throw a bit of shade at the vocalist and his performance, too. So why do I even like Alexander's theme to begin with?

    Honestly, I don't really know. Sometimes, you just like a song because you like it. It just sounds good to you—at least until you have to use your brain and break it down like I have to for this column. I enjoy hearing it, and I like feeling its rhythm whenever it plays. It's fun watching Cedric Alexander enter the arena to this song, and it just brings me good vibes. This is just one of those songs that you can like because why not? Hell, there's a reason this song made it to our yearend list of best entrance themes on the SGP Podcast.

    What do you think of Cedric Alexander's theme? Like it? Hate it? Is it too basic? Or do you argue otherwise? Let us know in the comments section below!

    Photo from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can also catch him every month attempting to keep order in a fancy suit as PWR's General Manager. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his Curiouscat account.
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