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Rapper Samuel Turner Aims to Fuel the Phoenix Suns' Playoff Hopes With "Suns Rise"

The Phoenix Suns need all the help they can get right now. The surprise team of the 2013-2014 season is currently in ninth place in the NBA Western Conference playoff race, and with only seven games left in their season, the team needs something -- anything -- to help propel them towards nabbing a post-season berth.

And one local rapper named Samuel Turner hopes that a little local music love might just be the thing to inspire purple and orange gang.

The 28-year-old hip-hop artist created the recently released track "Suns Rise," an ode to the team that he hopes will aid Goran "The Dragon" Dragic and company in their quest to make the playoffs.

"My love for the Suns and wanting to contribute in any way possible to help them win inspired the song," Turner says. "I wanted to help motivate the team and the fans, with a fiery push to the playoffs. I truly want the song to bring the fans together even closer to have something to bond with and use as a tool to give the Suns players that extra push, motivation, and spark to do the unbelievable."

Turner, a longtime Suns fan, starts off the track with the accurate lyrics, "They said we'd be bad, but bad can mean a good thing," and a chorus repeating, "Suns rise, Suns shine, never set until that championship, baby."

He proceeds to give shoutouts to almost every player on the current roster -- even newbies Archie Goodwin, Alex Len and Shavlik Randolph -- because, as Turner says, the Suns will only be successful if they come together as a formidable force, as the team has done the entire season.

"Every single player needs to give it their all in terms of energy, fight, ability and belief," Turner says. "That means not being cocky, but determined and focused, and putting their heads down and going all out until that last buzzer rings - never thinking for one second that they can't win, because together, I believe they can."

This is one of the first tracks Turner's released. Though he's been a prolific writer, the newbie rapper chose to put "Suns Rise" out because of his passion for the team. And if by some chance that the Suns embrace the song, a mid-court performance at US Airways Center would be a dream come true for the rapper.

"The way the fans see the Suns talent and support them and motivate them, I also hope they can see the talents I have, and support me in my pursuit of my own personal championship," he says.

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