September 02, 2010
If you've never heard a ubiquitous college fight song chopped up and remixed into an even more unpleasant rap song, Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge is giving you the opportunity to change that.
In honor of the start of college football season, Woolridge, who goes by the rap name Swiperboy, released a new track this week that's sure to be beloved by Vols fans and belittled by the rest of the SEC. It's called "FootVol," a name as subtle as most of the lyrics.
In between school and basketball, Woolridge has found time to release a handful of songs beginning with last December's debut, "Tip Off (College Hoops Time). He told the Knoxville News Sentinel he was a little nervous about the reaction to his latest effort since he was altering a song as beloved in Knoxville as Rocky Top.
"There was a fine line, because it's the Rocky Top song, and people have loved that here for years," Woolridge said. "I remember watching a tape of Marvin Gaye singing the national anthem in 1983, and he sang it differently, and some people liked it, and some people hated it."
There is one aspect of "FootVol" that both Vols supporters and opposing fans can probably both enjoy: A gratuitous shot at former Tennessee and current USC football coach Lane Kiffin.
Raps Woolridge: "Neyland Stadium stand up, let's get it done. We drivin in a new Lane. Forget the last one."
(Thanks, Rush The Court)