My New Jam

I am a pretty big University of Kentucky Basketball fan. I also happen to listen to a significant amount of hip-hop/rap music. Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR) is a blog that I have followed over the past several years. In December of 2011, just before my beloved number one-ranked Wildcats traveled to play their first true road game at Indiana University, KSR posted this video on their blog:

While I absolutely detest the Indiana Hoosiers, I really like this video. It’s clever, funny and has been watched over 2.2 million times on YouTube.

After seeing the video I thought to myself, “Hey, Kentucky is generally better than Indiana in every way, why don’t we have a sweet music video like this.” So in 2011, I wrote my own rap song, which I simply titled, “BBN Anthem.” Though popular among my friends, I never got it out to the masses because I never found anyone to help me make a beat, it was just freestyle. I even sent it to my friend Drew Franklin who is one of the main editor/contributors of KSR, and he liked it, and said he wanted to be in the video if it ever got made. Obviously, it never did.

The next season I did not make a rap song there wasn’t as much excitement around our team because we really weren’t that good. The 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats did not even make the NCAA Tournament field of 68, and in fact lost in the first round of the NIT to Robert Morris.

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This season, I thought I had a real opportunity. I have always been a fan of the rapper Drake, and Drake has been a known fan of the Kentucky Wildcats since the Calipari era began. The only other hip-hop artist that has been affiliated with John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats since I can remember is Jay-Z, who was seen in the Kentucky locker room back in 2012.

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So on Drake’s 2013 CD, Nothing Was The Same, Drake features a song titled, “Pound Cake” that features Jay-Z. So I decided to re-write the lyrics to the song, and scheduled an appointment with my family friend Dave Robbins, who has a solid recording set-up in his basement in Lexington. Here is the link to “C.R.E.A.M. – Pound Cake Remix” by me, Fern Daddy Dollas:

Again, Drew liked my song so he agreed to post it on KSR at about 11pm on Monday, December 2.

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The initial release of the song on Sunday was played a little over 300 times on my SoundCloud page up until it was posted on KSR. By the time I fell asleep on Monday night, it was well on it’s way to 2,000.

The following day (Tuesday), I decided to call into the KSR Radio Show, and see if I could get them to at least talk about the new song and potentially play it on the air. They did…

Matt Jones sent out a tweet linking my song, and it got positive feedback for the most part:

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A few hours later, things really started to get crazy, when former UK Wildcat and Sacramento Kings forward Patrick Patterson tweeted this:

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After he tweeted, my buddy D-lo quoted that tweet and mentioned former wildcats John Wall and Demarcus Cousins, and they got into the mix:

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So then the track starts really picking up some steam. Another UK Sports Blog, Nation of Blue, posted about the song:

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Then, Finis “KY” White, a recording engineer who has worked with some serious hip-hop artists posts this tweet:

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White has worked with recording artists such as Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Nikki Minaj, Waka Flocka Flame and more.

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Finis “KY” White (top right) pictured with Drake (bottom right)

As of Wednesday, December 4, the song had over 10,000 plays on SoundCloud. I plan to release a music video by the end of December. Stay tuned.

 

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