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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Nets part-owner and President & CEO of Def Jam Recordings Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has selected "Going Hard" as the winner of the Nets theme song contest for amateur performers, which he launched last month with HOT 97 FM, the Nets and Sprite.

The rap song, written and performed by Michael Barnes, 22, of Manhattan, beat out over 700 entries. As the winner, Barnes -- AKA “M Bars” -- will have the opportunity to perform his song live on the court during halftime of the Nets final regular season home game against the Knicks on April 19 at the Continental Airlines Arena. M Bars will also get to meet Carter.

In addition, M Bars will have the chance to record the song at Baseline Studios II, a professional recording studio in Manhattan. The recording will also be posted on www.HOT97.com, the website of the Official #1 Station for Hip-Hop and R&B in the United States and www.njnets.com.

"In 'Going Hard' M Bars completely captured the intensity of Nets Basketball and the flavor of our game experience," Carter said. "He obviously put a lot of time into the song and demonstrated a lot of talent. We're a hot team and this song best matches our passion and energy."

"I'm a huge Nets fan and Jay-Z is my idol so I wanted to make this song really stand out," said M Bars. "It's such an honor to be recognized by Jay-Z and I can't wait to perform at the game." - NJNETS.com


Jay-Z, who is part-owner of the New Jersey Nets, has announced the winner of the Nets theme song contest for amateur performers, which he launched last month with HOT 97 FM, the Nets and Sprite (see "Jay-Z, The Nets Holding Contest For Team Theme Song").

The winner is a rapper named M Bars of Manhattan, who won the contest with a song called "Going Hard," which beat out more than 700 entries.

"In 'Going Hard,' M Bars completely captured the intensity of Nets basketball and the flavor of our game experience," said Jay-Z of the winner. "He obviously put a lot of time into the song and demonstrated a lot of talent. We're a hot team and this song best matches our passion and energy."

As the winner, M Bars will have the opportunity to perform his song live on the court during halftime of the Nets final regular season home game against the Knicks on April 19 at the Continental Airlines Arena. And will also get to meet Jay-Z himself.

"I'm a huge Nets fan and Jay-Z is my idol, so I wanted to make this song really stand out," said M Bars. "It's such an honor to be recognized by Jay-Z and I can't wait to perform at the game."

In addition, the amateur emcee will record the song at Baseline Studios II, a professional recording studio in Manhattan.
- Ballerstatus.net


Three years ago, nebbishy real-estate developer Bruce Ratner was best known for building shopping malls.

Now he's mentioned in a rap song - albeit one he commissioned.

Rapper/music-exec Jay-Z - Ratner's partner in the New Jersey Nets, which they hope to bring to a new arena in Brooklyn - on Wednesday announced the winner of a contest to compose a new rap theme for the basketball team.

Aspiring Manhattan rapper "M Bars" - actually Michael Barnes, 22 - beat out more than 700 contestants with an enthusiastic ode to the Atlantic Division leaders, called "Going Hard."

"I understood that they were looking for an up-tempo-type track that makes people want to stand up," said Barnes.

"I envisioned the Nets warming up to the song."

The bouncy rap has references to players past and present, the coach and even the owner: "We brought Kidd from the Suns / Vince from the Raptors / elite in East / since Erving was in the rafters / Check the skybox / BlackBerry active / Making transactions / It's Bruce Ratner!" - HASANI GITTENS


Brooklyn MC Jay-Z, who is Def Jam’s CEO and part owner of the New Jersey Nets, has chosen the NBA team’s new theme song after amateur musicians submitted entries in a songwriting competition. The winner is “Going Hard,” a song by 22-year-old Manhattan-based MC M Bars. “In ‘Going Hard’ M Bars completely captured the intensity of Nets basketball and the flavor of our game experience,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “He obviously put a lot of time into the song and demonstrated a lot of talent. We’re a hot team, and this song best matches our passion and energy,” Jay-Z explained. M Bars, whose real name is Michael Barnes, will get a chance to perform the song live during halftime at the Nets’ game against the Knicks on April 19 at the Continental Airlines Arena. After beating out 700 other entrants for the coveted spot, M Bars will get to meet Jay-Z and re-record the theme at Baseline Studios. - Jay-Z Chooses New Nets Theme Song


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M Bars has worked hard to become the next big thing in Hip Hop. At just 26 years old, the Manhattan-born lyricist has stayed on the grind and racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. Influenced by legends such as LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, Nas and Eminem, M Bars is set to take the Hip Hop world by storm with his smooth flow, innovative lyrics, memorable hooks and killer looks.

M Bars translates everyday experiences into universally appealing, yet street sensible music by touching on subjects such as love, politics, staying focused, having fun and living life to the fullest. His gift as a versatile songwriter was proven when, in 2006, he was personally chosen by Jay-Z, who ironically is M Bars’ biggest inspiration, to write and perform a theme song for his NBA franchise, the New Jersey Nets. Sponsored by Hot 97 and Sprite, M Bars recorded his track “Goin’ Hard (Go N.E.T.S)” at Baseline Studios, a famous facility where Hip Hop classics by Outkast, Diddy, The Neptunes and Avant have all been recorded. M Bars performs during halftime at Nets games in addition to doing a host of press, charity events and appearances to promote the team. M Bars is an active songwriter with BMI and has been profiled on BET News for his unique work as the musical face of the NJ Nets.

M Bars has been hitting the mixtape circuit along with promoting his music in clubs throughout the world with an overwhelming response. His online fan community within MySpace grows tremendously each day with over 3.2 million page views. In March of 2007, he was selected to be a participant in the “Rawkus 50”, an elite group of the top 50 MC’s which the historic record label feels will make an impact on Hip Hop.

M Bars has an abundant amount of material recorded and is seeking a major label release for his first album. His tracks range from club bangers to introspective reflections on the world. He has numerous song placements on network television and movies such as “Keeping up with the Kardashians” (E! Channel) “Loaded” (2008) and “Penthouse” (2009). The future for M Bars holds appearances in upcoming video game releases from EA Sports, a series of mixtapes for the streets, collaborations with other hard-hitting Hip Hop artists and product endorsements with your favorite brands.