By now everyone has heard the saga of Jay Harris. The former Michigan State wide receiver commit out of Pennsylvania has parted ways with the Spartans to pursue his rap career. There are varying accounts of exactly what happened; Harris claimed it was a mutual decision, and MSU sources are indicating they dropped him like... well, like a Michigan State wide receiver would drop something. But with all the drama of how this went down, one thing got lost in the shuffle: the music.
[Caution: lyrics are very much NSFW]
Harris put together a this epic music video, so it's only fitting that we analyze said video to try to unlock the genius within.
We open on the most hardcore of all yard equipment storage structures, the shed. This particular shed is especially thug, because it is tagged. On the inside. So whoever was inside the shed would know whose shed it was. A lone young man sits, and while we presume him to be our protagonist, but he has not yet told us his name.
"Datbull fo life. Fo fo life. I'm Datbull fo life. Fo life..."
Finally, a flicker of insight into his identity. Yes, our hero has a name. And like most males, he will go by that name for the rest of his life. But apparently he has had trouble in the past convincing people of either his identity or the vehemence with which he will stand by that identity, so he repeats himself several times to drive home his point. He is Datbull, and he shall remain as such for life.
Mr. Bull has surrounded himself with a group of likeminded compatriots, but one (who may or may not be pre-weight loss Jonah Hill) has been ostracized from the group. He is made to stand behind a gate. This seems unfair, but perhaps there is a good reason. Only time will tell.
"I'm Datbull fo life. I take yo wife. Take his b*tch and his b*tch..."
Our scene shifts to the pavilion at a local park. Pavilions, of course, are among the thuggest of the open-air structures. What, were you gonna say that pagodas are harder? You think a weak-ass gazebo could survive in the rap game? Hell no. But I hope they reserved that pavilion, because if that Boy Scout Troop shows up, they'll kick you out again. They plan ahead.
"I'm like Jordan to the game but you can call me DB..."
Thank God, we're back on the street. And it appears that Datbull has carried on the recent tradition of Michigan State wide receiver commits, in that he (a) enjoys basketball, and (b) won't end up playing wide receiver at Michigan State.
They've finally let Jonah Hill out from behind the gate, which DAMNIT JONAH GET YOUR HAND OFF OF YOUR JUNK. We're filming a goddamn music video here. I mean...you know what? No. Get back behind your gate.
"...you can call me Datbull. Fo life. Fo fo life. Fo life. You know. You know."
The lyrics conclude. But there is still a full 1:18 left in the video. I'm not sure how we're gonna fill that time, but whatever. Once you’ve made your point, there’s really no point in continuing. And I think we’re all pretty clear about the message. Datbull. Fo Life.
And now we're completely dark. Do... do we leave now? I mean, there's still some sound, but it's like they forgot we were still here. Oh well, let's wait to see if there are some special features at the end, like Datbull and his friends eating shawarma.
Its to bad sparty isnt coming to the big house this year. How awesome would it have been to play this as Coach D and the gang comes running out. It seems that we would have missed out on the best grumpy old guy face of all time.
“I’m a big Fear Factor Fan. I'm a big fan of anything Joe Rogan does actually."
This is so appalling and laughable to me. It's only laughable because I have seen this movie before in real-life and I can imagine the thought process of this kid. I played high school football with several kids just like this and it is really sad. Some kids from the inner city could care less about an opportunity when it is right in front of their face. The few standout kids on our high school team would get letters and pulled out of class for visits from coaches and I would see them on the street and at parties just acting lawless and untouchable. The crazy thing is that is what made them great football players, but in the end they loved the street life more than football and an opportunity to have a better life. In my opinion, this is due to 1. misguidance, but 2. by fear of the responsibility of having to grow up and leave the loyalty of the streets and the people that have been with you from day one, but don't have the same opportunities. It's a difficult thing to teach a kid the value of separating themselves from the negative people around them. If he is talented enough to get an offer from Staee, he is a good enough football player to have paved a whole new course for your life, but those blunts and your friends and apathy can make you say f**k it. So sad.
This whole Datbull situation conjures up fond memories from April 1985 involving baseball pitcher Sidd Finch. If your too young to have heard about him, it is worth it to click on the link below (I am posting from my iPad sorry about any formatting issues). The similarities are astounding! According to Sports Illustrated, Sidd threw a fastball 168 Mph, Datbull is a rapper with a 168 word vocabulary. Sidd wore a hiking boot on the mound, Datbull and his posse are wearing Goodwill discards. Sidd spent time at Harvard, Datbull was offered a scholarship at MSU. Just like Sidd, I bet he is not a rapper, there was no MSU scholarship, and his girlfriend is actually Lennay Kekua.
You had every right to make fun of this kid. If what this kid was doing in his video is part of the cultural norm, than our culture is seriously screwed up. Plus this kid is an abomination on rap music. I grew up in the eighties and nineties, if this came out then, this dude, along with 90% of the rappers you hear on radio or tv today would be laughed off the stage. Hip Hop has regressed, not evolved. Very few rappers are actually pushing the envelope, and the ones that do, don't get any pub. I applaud what you did, Bisb and your posts are always funny and relevant.
i wonder how many people here who are lambasting the kid for "chasing his dreams" are doing so from a windowless office staring at a computer screen working on the same monotonous and inane work day after day after day.
people have different career paths, or different desires, and are more inclined to take more risks to try to reach what they want. lets not forget that the proprietor of this site quit a "real" job to work on something called a "blog" about michigan football.
That beat was taken from the default Hudl beat options. Datbull needs to put a call into Ryan Lewis to get some help with his beats. And while he's doing that, he may as well call someone to do the rap part for him too.
MGoBlog just got him 300,000 more hits than he would've gotten on his own.
Here's his new freestyle (NSFW)
“True loyalty is that quality of service that grows under adversity and expands in defeat. Any street urchin can shout applause in victory, but it takes character to stand fast in defeat. One is noise — the other, loyalty.”