HOOVER, Ala. – What was once a childhood hobby is now a passion for Georgia running back Sony Michel.
Michel began his rapping “career” at lunch tables growing up, exchanging verses with friends in a contest to see who could be the best rapper. It’s something that a lot of kids do, but Michel has allowed it to grow into something tangible.
Michel, roommates with his senior backfield mate Nick Chubb, has a studio set up in his apartment and posts his work on SoundCloud. While the two work in a tandem on Fall Saturdays, allowing the two to work together in the studio isn’t happening soon.
“He knows better than that,” Chubb said. “I was the first one to hear it. He asked me what I liked and didn’t like about it.”
Now, he carries a different alias when not at Sanford Stadium.
The senior running back is known as “Flyguy2stackz,” and began his rapping career before his freshman season with the UGA Anthem – which received over 146,000 clicks. Nearly four years later, it’s back with an acclaimed rapper.
Michel released the UGA Anthem (remix) on July 4, which features Rich Homie Quan, the artist of “Type of Way,” “Walk Thru” and others. The track contains many of the same elements as the first version of the track, yet with a verse from the Atlanta-based rapper and some tweaks from Michel.
With the senior running back putting significant focus on football, what was the interaction like with Rich Homie Quan?
“I reached out to him, but the way I did it was through one of my good friends that I had class with,” Michel said. “He was very open to doing it, but I never really communicated with him. I did my part, sent it and then he sent his part back.”
Michel now has six tracks after his newest release, four of which are non-related to Georgia football. His second-most listened track is “No Feelins,” which falls under that category.
Georgia has made plenty of improvements to its locker room under head coach Kirby Smart. While it may have a primary use as a recruiting tool, the latest improvement is something that those on the current roster have enjoyed.
The DJ booth, which was publicly announced by Smart on May 19, has been put to good use by Michel and his teammates that enjoy to practice rapping.
Those efforts make it known by the athletes how the second-year head coach makes an effort away from the football field.
“I think Coach Smart does a great job in being involved,” Michel said. “He knows I do music, he knew I put out a song. We got good feedback from him. That was a positive. When Coach is involved it makes a player want to do more.”
Michel has been productive throughout his first three seasons in the red-and-black, finishing his most recent campaign with 840 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Smart coaches the “fly guy” on his running game, but also had the chance to give feedback on his work in the studio and sees a resembling level of success.
“He has just as many talents off the field as he has on, and a lot of the media got to witness that with his recent work with his music,” Smart said.
After Michel released his track, it was highly-admired by Georgia fans. Some of which even called for the game-day staff to update its current pre-game track list and include the running back’s track.
Georgia opens its home slate on Sept. 2 against Appalachian State.
“It would be fun, unique for the guys to listen to,” Michel said. “I put out the song for the fans to enjoy.”