Courtesy of Chicago Tribune:
Nike’s “Unlimited Together” is a patriotic ode to the U.S. men’s and women’s Olympic basketball teams, but the ad also has Chicago’s fingerprint on it.
South Sider Chance the Rapper performs a song to haunting piano riffs and borrowing themes from the “Star-Spangled Banner,” while the two-minute, 25-second black-and-white commercial displays images of the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and the Sky’s Elena Delle Donne joining teammates in a show of unity.
The video, part of a larger “Unlimited” campaign running during the Rio Games, also features former Sky player Sylvia Fowles and Stevenson High School alum and former Deerfield resident Tamika Catchings.
Here are Chance’s lyrics for “Unlimited Together”:
We want some heroes in our story /We need highlights for a nightlight, we need glory for a while
We want results, we want results / Hit our families, hit our folks
Bombs bursting in air
(Sings) Oh say
(Raps) Can you see America’s face? / We share a pair of parents, we took good care of the place
We just want narrators to pick up the narrative’s pace
Put on a show for us, float for us / Make it easy, make some more for us
Save the day
We want a ‘W,’ we tired of picking different sides / I got your jersey, just a different size
We all want you to be a buzzer-beater / Find us a leader far from Silent Bobs and Cousin Skeeters
Through the perilous fight, want you to be brave / You want to see a hero? You need a teammate
(Chorus) People, people, we the people would like you to know that wherever you go, we’re right by your side