A track by rising UK hiphop duo MARK B & BLADE has been rejected by ARSENAL FC as their official anthem for the forthcoming FA CUP FINAL, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.
The untitled song, intended to soundtrack the team’s lead-up to the May 12 match, was deemed “too hard-edged” by the club’s board.
A spokesperson for the duo told NME.COM that Arsenal had approached Blade several weeks ago, asking him to write lyrics for a tune that had already been written. However, Blade thought little of the music and asked if he could write the entire thing from scratch.
When he handed it back to Arsenal, the board dallied for a time before deciding not to accept it. Despite the rejection, it is understood that the team themselves liked the music, with star forward Thierry Henry a particular fan.
It is unlikely the tune will be ever be released.
It is the second Mark B & Blade tie-in to a football club in recent weeks. As previously reported by NME.COM, Second Division strugglers Cambridge United had adopted the duo’s ‘Ya Don’t See the Signs’ as the tune to which the players run onto the pitch before home games.