New Era Unites MLB Athletes, Artists, Musicians, Fans For ‘We Who Reign’
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 05:10PM
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By Barry Janoff

March 29, 2018: Calling it the “largest MLB campaign in brand history,” New Era has unveiled a multi-media effort that features baseball stars and “kings and queens” from music, art and other genres, comparing its caps to royal crowns to show how they “represent something greater than your name.”

The campaign, “We Who Reign," is driving by the theme, “It’s the hard work, the hustle, and the struggle that will make you successful,” and that “the crown you wear represents your team, your city, your family, your empire.”

The anchor 90-second spot features such MLB players as Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals), Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox), Cory Seager (Los Angeles Dodgers), Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs), Marcus Stroman (Toronto Blue Jays), Dellin Betances (New York Yankees) and Jose Altuvé of defending World Series champion Houston Astros.

The campaign also embraces emerging and veteran musicians, producers, models, artists and creatives including Big Sean, YG, A$AP Ferg, Rich the Kid (pictured below), Mike WiLL Made-It, Dave East, Nigel Sylvester, Hebru Brantley, Victoria Brito, Cintia Dicker, Coco & Breezy and Kitty Cash.

Each are seen in 2018 versions of the official cap of MLB, the New Era AC 59FIFTY.

The effort was recently teased by New Era in a spot, “Claim The Crown.”

“‘We Who Reign’ explores New Era Cap's idea of modern day kingdoms, with the New Era AC 59FIFTY Fitted as the crown on both the playing field and in street culture,” Mark Maidment, svp-brand for New Era Cap, said in a statement.

The extended spot includes original work from the artists in the campaign, which along with the athletes and artists themselves will be featured in complementary efforts on Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency is 72andSunny New York.

The spot, narrated by rapper Rakim, relates, “Everybody wants to be king, but what happens when that scene heats up and the whole kingdom is suddenly on your shoulders?

"It’s not all glory and gold, rings and trophies. It’s moving mountains and a concrete jungle. It’s they type of weight that can make mere mortals crumble . . .

“Only fools rule from the top. Real kings — we lead from the ground. So the question I pose to you, young king, are you ready to wear this crown?”

According to Maidment, “We wanted to underscore our deep-rooted relationship with MLB, while nodding to our natural connection to an influential creative class, and we're excited to partner with some of the best in the game across sports, music, art, and culture through this new campaign."

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