The Lonely Island Drops Visual Album Spoofing Oakland A’s Bash Brothers

Bay Area nostalgia runs rampant in the Berkeley natives' surprise Netflix special imagining Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire as rappers.

“The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience” was released Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

It’s not just you — The Lonely Island‘s Berkeley natives have also always wondered if the Oakland A’s Bash Brothers secretly made a rap album together, but turned the what-if into a surprise Netflix special.

In the style of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, The Lonely Island trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone dropped a “visual poem” late Wednesday night that seemingly came out of nowhere on Netflix.

Even more out-of-left-field, they built the concept for a parody rap album around the dynamic of Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire — known as the Bash Brothers in a marketing campaign. (The two Oakland A’s players swept late 1980s baseball with “towering home runs and mind-bending play,” so the intro to The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience goes, and would bash each other’s forearms in celebration.)

Maya Rudolph, Jenny Slate, Hannah Simone, Sterling K. Brown as Sia, and HAIM are among those to lend their talents to an album that’s ultimately for the Bay Area. Not only is it about Oakland A’s players, but it opens with BART trains running next to the Oakland Coliseum, mentions Richmond’s Hilltop Mall (now known as The Shops at Hilltop), imposes Schaffer and Samberg’s faces on archival A’s footage, and even has a song called “Oakland Nights.”

Those who made it to San Francisco’s Clusterfest in June 2018, “Jose & Mark” will sound familiar, as The Lonely Island — which killed it during their first-ever full live concert — tested it out there. Given the series of sports mockumentaries they’ve done in recent years, from tennis tale 7 Days in Hell with Kit Harrington to Tour de Pharmacy on doping in professional cycling, it shouldn’t have come as a total surprise that they would leave the Bash Brothers at just one song.

The full special is on Netflix, to get a sense its fallen-angel arc, but you can also jam out to all songs like “Focused AF” on Spotify. 

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