Monday, March 25, 2013
FGCU proving to be 'Dunk City' in videos
By Bill Speros Special to ESPN.com
In this year's NCAA tournament, Florida Gulf Coast University is Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Mulan, Aurora, Belle, Tiana, Rapunzel, Jasmine and Pocahontas all rolled into one.
The first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16, Florida Gulf Coast was a natural trending topic on social media all weekend after defeating Georgetown Friday and San Diego State Sunday. The success of FCGU was the inspiration for this FGCU Dunk City You Tube video, produced in part by Shayne Wolfe and offering a PG-rated version of Tyga's "Rack City."
The video features rapper Malike Adigun (Black Magic), a disc jockey, FGCU student, middle school teacher and youth pastor known as @DJMalike239 on Twitter, and FGCU student Amber Angeloro (Bambi). It sets FGCU's victory over Georgetown to a "Dunk City" chorus and includes lyrics like. "No. 15 seed vs. No. 2, the whole world thought we were gonna lose ... we knocking threes down and throwing alleys up, Georgetown knocked down, now we moving up." Both Adigun and Angeloro wrote their own lyrics while the music was produced Wolfe's brother, Nate Combs.
"It’s completely meant to just be silly," Wolfe told Playbook Monday. Wolfe lives with Adigun and co-producer Adam Melton in Cape Coral, Fla. Melton and Wolfe also work at WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers. "We woke up on Saturday and were talking about how funny it would be to make a video," Wolfe said.
Adigun, 21, told Playbook Monday he had Tyga’s hit in mind early on in the process. “I always think of stuff like this and want to be creative.”
Combs, who is pursuing a master’s degree in music, said his brother contacted him at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, asking him to produce the music for “Dunk City.” Combs initially balked because of a tight schedule but decided to join the project because he was given only two hours to finish it.
"I'm no stranger to tight deadlines or 15-hour days, so I took it as a fun challenge, since my pregnant wife was away at a friend's baby shower,” he said. “I love producing, directing, writing comedy, and music in general. So I guess this is why I chose to be a part of the video."
The video was produced at the Vineyard Community Church in Cape Coral.
If you like this video, a sequel is in the works. Immediately after Sunday’s 81-71 victory over San Diego State, Combs said he was working on the music for the next "FGCU Dunk City" video. The recording and video production are scheduled to take place Monday and Adigun said they expect to post the video either late Monday or early Tuesday:
While Wolfe, 23, and the rest of the group are enjoying their time on the FGCU bandwagon, he admits he didn't see the Eagles advancing past their opening game. "I never had FGCU winning a game on my bracket," Wolfe said.
As far as Friday's intrastate showdown against No. 3 seed Florida, the brothers are realistic and optimistic at the same time.
Combs, who is 23 and a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, isn't ruling out the possibility of an FGCU victory.
"From when I used to follow UF, they should win, like they are often capable of doing," he said. "However, FGCU is capable of holding themselves together, as was displayed by their reservation and clear thinking during the second half [Sunday], intimidating supposedly powerful teams, making upsets of high seeds, and, yes, taking 'Dunk City' to the nation."