While the typical
Those unmistakable beats of Crank Dat (Soulja Boy) first graced the airwaves of Sanford Stadium during last year's Ole Miss game on September 29th. Of course, by then, the song had already received heavy radio airplay and was finishing its run atop the Billboard Hot 200, making it a certifiable mainstream pop hit. Needless to say, the pigmentally challenged crowd at
Georgia was hardly alone in the Soulja Boy phenomenon; but as the season and the Dawgs' fortunes moved forward, Crank Dat became a staple at all future home games, culminating with The Blackout win against Auburn.
A few rhythmically-stunted moves (some by yours truly included) and wince-inducing Red & Black columns later, the season ended in enormous success. For better or worse, the Soulja Boy will always be connected with the 2007 season…but how will that play out in 2008?
As many a hip-hop fan knows, nothing is weaker than reveling in yesterday’s hits. Not only that, Lebron James, highly influential to young athletes, recently stamped Soulja Boy with the mediocre/irrelevant label. The equally influential Jay-Z did likewise . Will the players move on from last year's dance craze? Will they latch on to something more relevant; or, with the increased expectations, will this season be all about taking care of business?
When the PA announcer at Sanford inevitably players those first few beats of Crank Dat eight days (!!!) from now, we know the fans will do their thing, but what happens after that? Will the Soulja Boy be extinct from
Fortunately for the fans of the Soulja Boy/UGA culture, Crank Dat's steel drum mega masterpiece will be a staple of tailgating playlists for the 2008 and 2009 season. And if you’re one of the blessed souls that either attends or is stationed next to a tailgate that is still playing Who Let The Dogs Out, well then, there is a good chance you’ll still be Crankin’ Dat in 2013.