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Thunder Bandwagon rocking with The Lost Boys' 'Blue and Orange'

OKC THUNDER -- The Lost Boys, a local rap group, has released ‘Blue and Orange', a tribute to the team and city they love. Members of the group say the Thunder has done a lot for Oklahoma City and they hope the song becomes “part of something that's making Oklahoma City bigger.”
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 11, 2012

No one knows where this playoff road may take the Thunder Bandwagon.

But now, everyone on board has some music for the road trip.

Thanks to a group made up of lifelong Oklahoma City residents and diehard Thunder fans, there is an unofficial anthem for this team. It's a mix of rap and hip-hop. It's catchy. It's entertaining.

It's “Blue and Orange” by The Lost Boys.

And as much as it's an ode to the team, it's also a celebration of the city that these guys have always called home.

“The Thunder have done a lot for Oklahoma City,” said Michael Garner, a solo artist who wrote the song and makes a special appearance on the track. “We're not so much trying to ride the bandwagon as trying to become part of something that's making Oklahoma City bigger.

“Anything positive for Oklahoma City is a good thing.”

Garner and The Lost Boys would know. All of them grew up here, Garner graduating from Western Heights High School in 2005 and the four members of The Lost Boys graduating from Putnam West High School a few years later.

The members of The Lost Boys — Kevin Yeagley, Garret Graziano and brothers Nick and Cooper Hahn — were actually friends way before high school. They grew up in the same neighborhood and went to the same elementary and middle schools.

“Best friends our whole lives,” Yeagley said.

They bonded over lots of things, most notably sports, but they never dreamed of forming a rap group.

Then, a crippling ice storm hit the state back in January 2007. Schools were closed for days, and the four buddies found themselves playing hours and hours of X-Box.

Eventually, they got bored.

What to do?

“I came up with the idiotic idea that, man, we should be rappers,” Yeagley said, laughing.

All of them thought the notion was crazy, but cabin fever had left them desperate. They started fooling around with beats and lyrics, and in the months after the ice storm, they started putting together some songs. Eventually, they shared them with friends and family.

The reaction was better than they ever imagined.

“That's actually kind of good,” people told them.

In the five years since, the group has continued to record songs, though none of the guys have ditched college plans or career goals. Graziano went to Arkansas-Little Rock, where he played baseball, and now works at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Nick Hahn went to Oklahoma State and now works for the Oklahoma City Barons. Cooper Hahn is a senior majoring in business at OSU, and Yeagley is a senior majoring in criminology at OU.

Music may not be their full-time jobs, but they're still passionate about it.

Passionate about the Thunder, too.

And when they had a chance to bring their love of music together with their love of everything blue and orange, they jumped at it.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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