Thanks to rapper Wiz Khalifa, we have the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song "Black and Yellow" — and more importantly, we have a seemingly unstoppable proliferation of remixes of said song.
The catchy tune by the 23-year-old Khalifa is an ode to his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Here's a sample of the lyrics:
Reppin' my town/
when you see me you know everything/
black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow
Convenient, being that all the teams in Pittsburgh have the same colors.
Also convenient for every rapper who ever wanted to honor his team in verse.
It's a simple formula: Replace "black and yellow" with your team's colors, made much more convenient if your squad has either black or yellow in its colors. Preferably the yellow, because cramming that extra syllable is tricky, as you'll see in a minute.
Here's a list of some that have already been produced: "White and Purple" (Northwestern), "White and Navy" (New York Yankees), "Purp and Yellow" (Los Angeles Lakers), "Black and Red" (Atlanta Falcons), "Green and Yellow" (Green Bay Packers)... and "Black and Guido," by Vinny off of "Jersey Shore," which isn't a team but a really addictive reality show.
And assuming Wichita State fans just adopt the original as their own, Kansas and Kansas State are both covered:
"Red and Blue KU"
Artist: B Double E
Team: Kansas Jayhawks (obviously)
Pros: They have a video, already made, and with almost 200,000 hits on YouTube. The shoot is ambitious, too, going from a vista overlooking the campus on a snowy day to walking down the stairs and then onto the dance floor at Abe & Jake's to, wait for it ... the finale in a party bus. Catchy. Good production value for obviously no budget. And lots of pretty girls.
Cons: I could've done without the party bus sequence, but a solid effort. Commendable. Not a lot to knock. Unless you hate KU, of course.
Favorite lyric: KU/so great/I'm like Chalmers at the buzzer ...' ' o8
"Black and Purple"
Team: Kansas State Wildcats
Artists: Aaron Bell, Mike Hodge and K-State safety Dahrnaz Tigner
Pros: Incredible timing. The song came out the day the Wildcats beat Kansas and was playing in the bars in Aggieville all night. They've got a "making of" clip on YouTube about the video shoot (they shot at Rusty's Last Chance Saloon in Aggieville), and features a gaggle of guest appearances by K-State football players, including David Garrett, Raphael Guidry and Jerrell Childs, who is seen waving a Powercat flag on the roof. Also, lots of pretty girls.
Cons: Still haven't seen the video, which was supposed to be out Wednesday. What's the hold up? And they brought a baby up on the roof for part of the shoot? Reminded me of when Michael Jackson dangled his baby off that balcony. The last verse also falls off pretty steeply from the first two, which are solid.
Favorite lyrics: The middle of the map/that's where it's at... legacy and foundations/gotta stay true/I can't lie/I can't stand KU/or their red and blue