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    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Bask In His Glory

    When Keith Lee came out to face Dominik Dijakovic on last week's episode of NXT, he brought a brand-spankin' new theme song with him. Thankfully, WWEMusic has already uploaded it on their YouTube and Spotify feeds, which is why it gets a feature on this week's column!

    "Limitless" starts with a chorus singing, "BASK IN HIS GLORY!" in a manner that reminds me of Christian's first singles theme in WWE, "At Last." And then a voice that sounds a lot like Keith Lee himself goes, "For he... is limitless." The song then appears to fade out with a whimper before picking up with bombast and bringing in the hook complete with 808s and synths in the background.

    On the first listen, this theme sounds like it goes hard enough to paint the picture of a guy you don't want to mess with. It's not that upbeat, which fits someone like Keith Lee, whose imposing physique makes you think of someone who plods to the ring. But much like how the Limitless One himself makes you do a triple-take once his athleticism and agility kick in, his theme lulls you into thinking that it's one-dimensional only to make you want to give it another listen.

    What I like about the song is how you can bop along to it easily. It's got a natural swagger that mirrors Keith Lee's own attitude when he's performing. It's also got some parts that a crowd can easily chant or sing along to like the hook. The first verse also features a bit where you can just yell, "Keith Lee!" along with the vocalist, which should be fun to do at a live event.

    Speaking of verses, this song is already miles better than most of the CFO$ themes because (1) the verses are longer than your traditional AABB rhyme format and (2) there's actually a second verse.

    My main issue with the song is how basic the bars sound. The vocalist—who may or may not be Keith Lee—doesn't really vary his delivery and flow. It's not staccato or even monotonous. He just really has one flow and doesn't mix it up. There are no vocal tricks like speeding it up and then slowing it down, only to pick it up again and surprise you like Eminem would do. The guy rapping just has one cookie-cutter flow and sticks to it. Yes, it sounds fun the first time. But the more I listen to his verses, they just sound lazy and... well, basic.

    On the bright side, "Limitless" is probably enough to get you through your first set or two at the gym. It should also rile you up enough for Keith Lee's entrance at an NXT live event or at a TakeOver. Just don't expect it to be one of those timeless entrance themes like Batista's theme, which still rules almost 15 years after it was released.

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    Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is 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, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.
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