#Scifund Rap Lyrics…You Showed the Cheddar

I promised in a previous post that if the first person who went over to Alex’s #Scifund Project (link to her project Chemical Warfare in the Intertidal) and donated $50, I would match and then post the lyrics to Alex’s clever rap song. Laura Spencer @LMasterEdD stepped up to the plate.  The lyrics are below the fold. You need to head over and donate now!  There are 18 days and $1,1745 yet to go!


Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I liked to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air

In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground was where I spent most of my days
Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
And all shootin some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys
Who were up to no good
Startin making trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
She said ‘You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air’

I begged and pleaded with her day after day
But she packed my suite case and send me on my way
She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket.
I put my walkman on and said, ‘I might as well kick it’.

First class, yo this is bad
Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass.
Is this what the people of Bel-Air Living like?
Hmmmmm this might be alright.

But wait I hear there’re prissy, wine all that
Is Bel-Air the type of place they send this cool cat?
I don’t think sow
I’ll see when I get there
I hope they’re prepared for the prince of Bel-Air


Now this is the story all about how
Our oceans bein’ flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how you can help and just why you should care

In west San Diego I was born and raised
In the lab is where I spend most of my days
Writin’ out grants cause money’s real cool
And reading some pubs between going to school
When I had an idea
That I thought was real good
Started puttin’ it down in my notebook
But before we get there, got to get you prepared
I’ll throw down all the background, just pull up a chair

From fending off predators to finding the prey
Chemical cues in the ocean be showing the way
Knowing the language is just the right ticket
Chemical ecology is how the cool kids kick it.

Seaweeds, yo these are rad
Some be using these cues as a deterrant
Repelling all them predators because they like
Uggghhhh ewww these don’t taste all right

But wait, there’s more that we need to look at
Cause pollutants might be messing with this whole chemical cue act
I don’t know yet
I’ll share when I get there
Is the ocean prepared for the pollutants out there?

Well, the plane landed and when I came out
There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name out
I ain’t trying to get arrested
I just got here
I sprang with the quickness like lightening, disappeared

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say this cab is rare
But I thought ‘Now forget it’ – ‘Yo homes to Bel Air’

I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
And I yelled to the cabbie ‘Yo homes smell ya later’
I looked at my kingdom
I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air

As I wrap this all up, I hope I’ve made it clear
Critters using these cues have something to fear
If anything I can say, everyone should care
Cause pollutants threaten oceans ‘bout everywhere

If, you, think this is cool and want to help, great!
There is a fun way to participate
#Scifund Challenge
Yeah its finally here
To get you involved in the science out there

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.