by Eric Sandy
You may not realize, though, that love for Cleveland crosses international borders. That and much more is showcased in a brilliant new rap video straight outta Beijing. The goods are embedded below. Listen/watch/enjoy
Parma native Donny Newman (aka Li Mubai on the other side of the globe) is kind of a big star in China. He's a noted TV personality whose talents took singing competition "Challenge Mr. Mic" by storm, according to a 2010 Plain Dealer profile.
He kicks off the rap with a colloquialism transplanted from Cleveland: "For all my people in the +86..." From there, the rap touches on the high-water marks of Cleveland life: Great Lakes suds, the Browns, Horseshoe Casino, AsiaTown, Little Italy, the world-class education institutions and on and on. Newman and his buddies are seen all over town, shining an oriental light on the north shore.
For us here in town, it's a great reminder that Cleveland is as worldly a city as they get. Whatever the weary traveler may need, we've got it. And to those who've never heard of the place, the song is a top-notch primer on what makes this city special.
PLUS - this tune is catchy as all hell. One more thing to love here in Cleveland.