March 13, 2013
The Dorchester Boxing Club has the typical look of a boxing gym: There’s a ring, punching bags, and weights—the ideal setting for a fight.
However, it was a little back room inside the gym that caught the eye of multi-platinum producer and songwriter, Clinton Sparks. The Dorchester-bred Sparks used the club as part of the setting for a new video — shot on location last Friday—to support his latest track that debuts online today. “Boston Bass” is a remix of The Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping Up To Boston.”
“This song is basically just a bootleg record,” Sparks told the Reporter. “I put a lot of records out on the Internet for fans to rage to. I flipped Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping Up To Boston” and made it super mean in honor of St Patrick’s Day.
“I figured instead of just putting out a song, let me put a visual to it and show Boston because it is such a Boston song. I figured I might as well just bring you into what Boston looks like,” Sparks said.
In the video, Sparks plays a bare-knuckle brawler and the Dorchester Boxing Club was just the place to host the main event. The club’s back room— with walls made of cinderblocks, spray painted with a big shamrock— is where Clinton squared up with a giant of a man, surrounded by a screaming audience waiting for the action. As for how the fight went, let’s just say, the result is shocking.
Sparks showed great appreciation to those who came out from the neighborhood, from members of the gym to the extras in the background. He made a point to shake hands and thank all of those who were involved.
Clinton Sparks has climbed the ladder of success and stardom but will never forget his roots and where he grew up.
Sparks told the Reporter, “growing up here was lonely, I was broke, it was like every other kid that grew up in Irish Catholic Boston. Father was a drunk, grew up with a single mother, had no money and had to figure out life and hopefully it to the Grammy’s someday.”
Sparks is living the dreams of many and remains a major inspiration to kids in the neighborhood. He went from basically nothing and has gone on to do remarkable things. He has worked with Lady Gaga, Akon, Pitbull, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Tyrese, T-Pain, The Game, and the Notorious B.I.G. He’s E! Entertainment’s music correspondent Dj/host of the number one rated worldwide terrestrial and syndicated/Sirius XM Satellite radio show, Smash Time Radio. He also has a DJ residency at the Moon & Rain inside the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Here's the video, released on March 13: