Remember 6'6 240, Hip Hop's "Next 'BIG'' Thing,' "West Virginia's 'Trailer Park Hustla'" and our favorite BCS WVU rapper? (Author of the lyrics, "Them other teams aren't ready for that 3-3-5," and "Don't forget Owen Schmitt, he eats hits for dinner.")
Well, I just chatted with him. His real name is Lionel Jordan ("Like Lionel Richie, take the Richie off, and Michael Jordan, take the Michael off,") he's a West Virginia native who was raised in Morgantown, and he's well aware that The Gold N Blue could be his ticket to the big time.
"The attention I've got from this Gold N Blue song is bananas," Six Six said. "It's a great feeling, I can't even lie man, it's a great feeling. I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, but people will hear about me very soon."
His first album, "Big Boi Tactics," moved about 1,500 copies. He released The Gold N Blue in late August, and the song's already gotten 30,000 plays on MySpace, with thousands more for the remixes that are released after every game, and which the school plays at home games to accompany video highlights. Radio stations in West Virginia are all over the song. Tailgaters have embraced it. Players listen to it on their iPods. Coaches play it at practice and before games. "It's every-damn-where," said Eric Jordan, Six Six's manager.
Six Six is going on Rivals's college football radio show on Sirius tomorrow to release the Maryland remix. (He wouldn't give me the lyrics; "let's just say that there'll be a lot of Heisman candidate talk in there," he said. And there are no shots at Maryland, because he'd like Marylanders to buy his new album, "Mr. Dub-Vee," which drops in October.)
Also, WVU players have also started using third parties to lobby for inclusion in the weekly remixes; "I get little hints from people whose friends who say, you know, 'I made this play so I should be in the song next week,'" he said. "I guess that's a little bit of incentive for them to make it into the remix every week."
To me, the question is what happens to Six Six if the 'Eers go to the national title game? Superstardom, right? So he's got as big a stake in all these computer rankings and human polls and strength of schedule questions as anybody. More, right? If Pat White goes undefeated and misses out on the title game, sympathetic sportswriters will write dozens of "Poor Pat White" stories. If Six Six goes undefeated and misses out in the year of the Gold N Blue, who knows when he'd get another shot like this? If I'm him, I'm getting on the phone with Ken Tysiac pronto, and making sure he updates that spreadsheet correctly this week.
Anyhow, I asked Six Six if a national title shot would help his career.
"Helllllllll yeah," he said. "If we make a BCS game, you better believe there's gonna be a BCS remix for this Gold N Blue song, and I hope in the process somewhere it'll get some worldwide attention. I don't really exactly try to hope on it too much, because anything's possible, but at the same time, I see it happening..... I've watched this grow for years. It just feels like it's all coming together, for me and the athletic department."
The Maryland remix should be on MySpace late today or early tomorrow.
Oh, and Reader Kyle, I asked him about a career as "6'1 180" and he just laughed. "Nothing's gonna sound as good as 6'6 240," he said.