Hawkeye football fans that want to get a first look at Kirk Ferentz’s 2011 squad may also see themselves in a music video.
Lifelong Iowa fan L!MESTONE, a rapper from Cedar Falls, Iowa, will shoot a music video for his song “Black and Yellow (Hawkeyes)” prior to the spring game on April 16. The game is free and open to the public.
The Hawkeye-themed single — available for free download on Reverbnation.com — is a remix of rapper Wiz Kalifa’s song, “Black and Yellow.” The original version of the song has been highly popular, holding steady on the Billboard Top 100 list for 19 weeks, including a stint at No. 1.
Kalifa, a Pittsburgh native, has said the song is an anthem to his hometown Steelers. The song has spawned several other versions in support of other teams such as the Bears, Seahawks, and Celtics.
L!MESTONE, whose influences range from “Andre300 to Zeppelin and everything in between,” will have a videographer on hand to shoot the tailgating scene in the Dental Lot near Carver-Hawkeye Arena as well as outside of Kinnick Stadium prior to the scrimmage. The music video will be released on YouTube sometime in May.
“One of the main reasons I’m hosting the tailgate is to just help bring excitement to the program and bring in some fans that might not have come to Iowa City that weekend otherwise,” L!MESTONE said.
“I’d like to see as many Hawkeye fans as possible come out and join the party.”
While he didn’t attend the UI, the rapper said he’s been a supporter of Hawkeye athletics since childhood. That fandom shines through in “Black and Yellow (Hawkeyes),” which he recorded during the middle of the 2010 Iowa football season. The song opens with a sound bite from Hall of Fame Iowa coach Hayden Fry, but doesn’t feature any lyrics mentioning current Hawkeye players. L!MESTONE said he tried to write the song from a perspective that it could be played 5-10 years from now and still resonate with Iowa fans.
He asked local radio stations to play his remix prior to the Ohio State game on Nov. 27, but the stations hadn’t even heard the original version by Wiz Kalifa yet. He did get the Kum & Go Stage outside of Kinnick Stadium to play his song on game days when the team buses pull onto Melrose Drive.
While the song may not replace AC/DC’s “Back in Black” as the Hawkeyes entrance song, L!MESTONE still has high hopes for his song.
“My big goal as part of putting this video together is to get this song played in Kinnick on game days.”
In addition to the music video, he will also be releasing his first album — titled “A Memphis Summer” — on iTunes in May.
Iowa Spring game tailgate party / Black&Yellow(Hawkeyes) video shoot Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129492180453004
“Black and Yellow (Hawkeyes)” can be downloaded here: http://www.reverbnation.com/limestonekush
L!IMESTONE’s Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Limestone/153311654679448