If Ohio State looks more pumped than usual for tonight's College Football Playoff National Championship game against Oregon, chances are that former OSU football player-turned-lawyer-turned-rapper Mekka Don is partly responsible.
His indelible jock jam, “Juice,” was co-opted by the Buckeyes as its official football anthem for the season, and now they’re riding the song’s triumphal refrain into college football history.
“Juice, juice, juice, you got it/ Juice, juice, juice, I got it/ Juice, juice, juice, we got it,” Mekka raps.
The track’s hard-hitting, hypnotic beat is reminiscent of Wiz Khalifa’s ubiquitous sports team banger, “Black And Yellow.”
Even the song’s lyrics beat like a war drum, inviting anyone within earshot to rise up out of their seats with foam fingers raised aloft to shriek and chant along until the beat reaches its crescendo.
“Urban [Meyer] in the pregame got ‘em doing cals. A hundred-something thousand, so we keep it loud/ Them Buckeyes in the building let them fans speak, and we gon' keep it bouncing like we Slam T,” he raps.
Born Chukwuemeka Onyejekwe, the rapper, who crowd-sourced his debut album, The Dream Goes On, also licensed the song and merchandising to his alma mater, so he’s as much a part of LeBron James’ favorite squad as any player taking the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Although the Ducks are favored to win the title, Mekka’s still convinced that his team will prevail in the championship game on Monday (Jan. 12) -- the first in the post-BCS era.
“This game is a battle of two high-octane offenses,” he said. “Fans are in for a treat with a lot of scoring tonight. The Buckeyes and the Ducks have equally potent offenses, but the edge on defense goes to Ohio State. My prediction? Buckeyes 49, Ducks 43.”