Football star from SHS raps its up at Cal

June 1, 2010 — by Roy Bisht and Anoop Galivanche
loggy

Former Saratoga football star Alex Lagemann at a performance (Daily Cal).

Alex “Loggy” Lagemann is not your typical Saratoga High graduate. The class of ’07 grad may be a tremendous football player, playing for Cal as a wide receiver. But more unusual, Laggeman is an accomplished rapper—a feat that is unheard of for most former Falcons. Rhymes about calculators and B+’s in AP science classes are nowhere to be found on Loggy’s impressive new mixtape “Up All Night.” Rather, Loggy belts out snappy verses about late night parties and the effects of consuming inordinate amounts of alcohol.

After first hearing rapper Eminem as a middle schooler, Lagemann has been honing his flow. “Since [I first got involved in music], I’ve always kept notebooks, journals and now word documents full of lyrics, ideas, and other things that I’ve used to create my songs,” said Lagemann, who is finishing up his junior year at Berkeley.

As his passion for hip hop and rap continued, Lagemann started to write down his own lyrics and music. The result is a hip-hop sophistication that is still uniquely Californian, perhaps even uniquely Saratogan.

And that’s one of the top reasons, apart from its catchiness and inclusion of hip-hop heavy weights like Shwayze, that “Up All Night” is so ubiquitously appealing.

Along with local fame and tremendous reviews for his mixtape, Lagemann also had the opportunity to perform on Comcast Sports Net’s “Chronicle Live” earlier this month. According to him, performing live to a televised audience was all that it is cracked up to be, and more.

“‘Chronicle Live’ was awesome. I had a blast getting to know the crew over there, and they showed us a really great time. Performing was a little nerve-wracking, but as the show went on I got into a rhythm and it ended up great,” said Lagemann.

Lagemann may only be in college and is still a student of hip-hop, but who knows? Maybe in a couple of years, we will see him in both the NFL and on the stage at Grammys.

1 view this week