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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

KSAT's Steve Spriester featured in Future's “High Off Life”

KSAT 5, 6 and 10pm anchor Steve Spriester featured in Rapper Future's latest album “High Off Life"

KSAT San Antonio reports its own 5, 6 and 10pm anchor Steve Spriester is sampled in Future's newly releasedd album “High Off Life” in a song called “Ridin Strikers."

Spriester said he found out about the surprise collaboration on Twitter and tweeted he is flattered.

The station says its anchors voice can be heard in the sample:

“The police need your help in tracking down a suspect in a bank robbery this morning on the city’s north side. According to police, the suspect walked into the bank about nine this morning, went straight to one of the tellers, handed over a note that said ‘put money in bag.’”

The original audio was used in this report.

That led Spriester to be called "Mr. Put Money in Bag” by his kids.

The whole event had Twitter users trying to come up with other hip-hop names like A$AP Spreezy or Hairspré 3000, Young $preezy, MC Spree, or Cold Open (TV news staffers might vote for this one).

Besides Spriester's, other voices you will hear on “High Off Life" include Drake, Meek Mill, DaBaby and Young Thug.

This all got me thinking about other Texas TV news stations and rappers.

Just last month, KSAT Houston sister station, KPRC 2, had weekend sports anchor Ari Alexander performing on live TV Houston-based rapper Paul Wall's verse on "Still Tippin" (featuring Mike Jones and Slim Thug).

In the rock world, former abc13 KTRK anchor Minerva Perez was sampled in U2's Desire (Hollywood Remix).

Perez wrote about the sample in her book 'I GOTTA STORY: My 30 Years in TV News' and told about the experience back in 2009.

I worked in Los Angeles before moving to Houston. Apparently, when U2 was laying down tracks in a Hollywood Recording studio for one of their 80's albums, and unbeknownst to me, they lifted my voice from one of my newscasts and included it on their "Desire-Hollywood remix." Not being a U2 fan, I didn't know about it. Someone in the KTLA control room told me they heard my voice on a Bono album. I actually don't remember who told me. Regardless, it's my voice on the Desire track and that's my other claim to fame...even though it's just a few seconds reading about another L-A crime story..."shot him in the shoulder."

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