The Knicks know they've got to generate some mojo early this season, so they've enlisted the help of a famous hometown fan who was all too happy to take a role in helping out his beleaguered team. On October 6, Queens native Q-Tip visited the Knicks' upstate New York training facility to record "Go New York Go"—a song and video that will play on Madison Square Garden screens during games. It's an upbeat hip hop-flavored take on the old(-ish) classic, done with the former A Tribe Called Quest frontman's signature cadence and wit.
When the players dropped by to shoot the video's dance segments, none had heard the song. A few actually groaned at the prospect of having to fake-boogie to what they thought would be a corny track. Then the song began pumping through speakers and heads began bobbing and each player who busted a move in front of the green screen—from Stephon Marbury to Nate Robinson—wound up genuinely into it. For his part, Q-Tip (whose new album The Renaissance drops November 4) says he's no fair-weather Knicks fan and he's hoping the tune helps fans and players come together to revive the team's old swagger. Check out the behind the scenes making of the video here.