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“Drive for 9” song gets some ESPN love

By now you’ve probably already heard about the “Drive for 9” rap video in reference to this year’s Kentucky basketball team. If you haven’t, ESPN just caught wind of the story and picked up a few more details. Artist Henry Ogirri is the cousin of UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua. The song was written in 6 hours, directly after experiencing the Kentucky alumni game in Rupp Arena on September 15th. “I got all my inspiration in that experience,” Ogirri said.

Although Ogirri is pictured with Cal above, he’s not sure Calipari has actually heard the song yet. “But my cousin (Antigua) loves the video. He was really excited about it.”

Kentucky does not return a single starter from the 2011-2012 national championship winning team, but Origgi doesn’t believe that lowers expectations in the slightest for the Kentucky program and their fans. “I think that’s the expected pressure that comes with being at Kentucky,”  he said. “They’re an elite team. Coming off an eighth title, there’s an idea to repeat. We’ve got eight, let’s get nine.”

Origgi has already received a lot of feedback on the lyrics, and the “Fisher Price” line from the part of the song below seems to be garnering the most attention:

“We heavyweights, our competition is super-light/Super-light! Our freshmens make your seniors look Fisher-Price … They call me Derek Anderson, how I rock my “Js” … Every trey I make, I Antoine Walker Hall of Shake … United we stand, divided we fall/This is a celebration, Do the John Wall.”

Origgi had to walk a fine line between representing the school, while also having fun.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

12 Comments for “Drive for 9” song gets some ESPN love



  1. Dodgeball22
    6:08 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    I just wanna know where I can buy that shirt he’s wearing.



  2. OldWhiteGuy
    6:13 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Help me out here…………Is he saying “Wild UP”?



  3. Larry Bird's Mullet
    6:14 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody actually seen that t shirt for sale?



  4. OldWhiteGuy
    6:14 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    and yeah, I want a shirt too!



  5. CATS
    6:32 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Well since he says “my cuz Orlando” in the song, I assumed him and Coach O were cousins. Just saying.



  6. Adam
    7:01 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty sure when you all first talked about this rap video you called it “another” rap video and provided absolutely none of these details. Aren’t you all supposed to have the inside scoop? I could have written this post from a basement in Pakistan. You all need to get your shit together and stop running a google alerts blog. Any asshole can do that (I should know). Do some actual journalism.



  7. Chad
    7:11 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    This is what we listened to 13 years ago on Woodlawn, across from the library
    http://yourlisten.com/channel/content/16922068/The_Lex



  8. James
    7:23 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    6. I’m with you. This is a low-quality post. Stop letting interns with limited writing skills create so much content. The idea of an internship is to allow an intern to learn about the business and develop skills through entry-level tasks. You have to hire real writers to create decent content, Jones. You’re getting what you paid for here. And before you tell me the same thing, realize that the readers, while not directly paying for your services, drive your hits and advertising revenue. If we don’t come around, you don’t make squat.



  9. bandwagon
    7:34 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    I had a shirt like that. Got it at Walmart back in the early 90s. Gave it away to goodwill. You can probably find it there.



  10. Ruppeat Offender
    8:32 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    It took 6 hours to write that?!? I say he started writing, watched a few Twilight movies – and then finished up the song.



  11. old_school
    10:45 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Will he get a championship ring for that?



  12. This video is hot garbage
    10:46 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    I like rap music but this song is basura.