February 10, 2012

Flashback Friday: Tysman Rap & Mormon Rap

Since this is the first week of my Flashback Friday series, I figured I'd throw in a bonus post.

I grew up in Utah, and my parents are both BYU alumni.
My dad took us to BYU football games, and we loved seeing the "QBU" passing attack shred opponents.

Though I was pretty young, I still remember watching Ty Detmer pass his way to the Heisman.

My dad followed that year with the same fanaticism that the BYU faithful followed Jimmer Fredette's senior season. All the publicity and staggering statistics made for lots of excitement.

As a natural result, my dad's football-loving sons were all about Ty and how great he was.
Ty Detmer, BYU's Heisman winner
And when it was clear that Ty Detmer was leading the Cougars to a special accomplishment, some guy seized the moment and wrote one of the worst raps in history. Which I loved back then, by the way.

The Tysman Rap.
Yes, it's pretty bad in retrospect. But at the time, I thought it was the bee's knees.

A couple years later, I guess some other guys figured white people (other than the Beastie Boys, of course) deserved another chance at rapping about something totally not-rappable.

The Mormon Rap.
It's so bad that it's good. Also, many of the references are still surprisingly relevant.
That's kinda scary if you think about it.

I hope we (meaning BYU and Mormons) learned our lesson and don't try any more rapping like this.

Or perhaps there actually are some decent raps by/about these topics now.
Nah, I doubt it, and it's not worth the time or effort to research.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, wow. We really ARE white and nerdy!

    I don't know what's sadder: that the guy printing the words to the Mormon rap got so many wrong ("Lafar" and "Mom" don't sound THAT right), or the fact that I knew what the actual words were. Ha!