Lion Babe to cover Curtis Mayfield for NFL Draft

UPDATE 05.06.15: The cover is released and can be heard here.


With the NFL Draft just a couple weeks away, it has already drawn some local buzz for Chicagoans not because we may or may not take a quarterback (hope so, please) but because the Draft itself will be in Chicago this year for the first time in over 50.

Adding to the flavor is this great hip hop/soul crossover as ESPN announced that emerging duo LION BABE will be providing the Draft’s theme song. And not only that, they’ll be covering Chicago legend Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up”.

Browse the gallery above for some BTS photos of the video shoot that will showcase Lucas and Jillian throughout many Chicago landmarks, including the beautiful Lincoln Park Boardwalk designed by Studio Gang (who this week revealed renderings for the 3rd tallest building in Chicago, btw).

“Chicago has such a great music tradition and since the draft is here for the first time, we really wanted to use the song of a legendary artist from this city,” said Kevin Wilson, ESPN Music director. “Curtis was a perfect fit and his ‘Move on Up’ has such an iconic sound and the idea of ‘moving on up’ fits this event in so many ways as these players go from college to the NFL, and then ‘moving on up’ in rounds and picks.”

Needless to say, lookin’ forward to the Draft and lookin’ forward to LION BABE’s next big look and cover that I think will be a great fit for their fresh style.

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