How the three-wheel wonder carved out a cameo in “Tiger Bait.”
“Besides leading college football’s national rankings, the LSU Tigers seem to be among the biggest influences for sports-related music this year,” according to ESPN.
Case and point: two LSU alums who decided to make a rap music video, featuring samples from the school’s band and — surprise! — a Trikke, after a surprising connection was revealed. So how did a three-wheel carving vehicle end up in a rap video about the top-ranked Tigers? Trikke trainer Chad Guillory, who lives in the college town of Baton Rouge, LA, provides the history lesson (see see video at the end of his story):
My younger brother, Drew Guillory, started teaching himself the finer points of photography, filming and editing while in high school. Combined with his natural artistic abilities, he created some awesome video projects.
After graduation, he caught the attention of a TV show on the Outdoor Channel, Wildgame Nation, which invited him to apply for the job of video editor by turning in a sample of his work.
Impressed by his abilities, the show’s producers told him his work was better than some of the local professionals who applied for the job. And so began my brother’s freelance career in the video and photography business, a career includes work on various movies filmed in Louisiana.
Fast forward to this past summer, when two local artists — both New Orleans natives and LSU alums — wanted to create a music video for their song, “Tiger Bait (Death Valley Mix).” While searching for a producer and editor, my brother’s name came up (as one of the top guys for the job).
Okay, enough about my brother. I’ll get back to him in a bit. LOL
In early 2007, I started riding my Trikke T12 roughly three times a week, sometimes through the LSU campus. During that time, I’d joked around with my brother, telling him, if he ever became a famous director, he’d have to let me and my Trikke T12 appear in his movies (my way of getting more exposure for the Trikke).
Cut to him being contacted by two LSM alums in search of the best man to make their “Tiger Bait” video and the wheels of fate were set into motion.
The two alums were Eron Rousell (Easy Money) and Christopher Price (C-Price), also known as the rap duo Da Future. When my brother and I met with Eron and pitched the idea of me and my Trikke T12 being part of the video, Eron was thrilled because, unbeknownst to us, he viewed me as a local celebrity.
Why? Because I’m the lone carver carving up the LSU campus on a Trikke, and people get excited after having their very own “sighting of that guy riding that thing,” according to Eron, who then told us about his own “sighting,” a year ago on campus.
The deal was sealed; me and my T12 were in. Of course, as with any video, there’s only so much footage for such a small amount of time, so we would only have a small part.
The real, Hangover-inspired storyline of “Tiger Bait” is the rap duo’s search for Mike the Tiger, LSU’s mascot, who’s missing right before the big game.
Three and a half minutes into the video, an exasperated Eron and Chris sit on a sidewalk and hold up a cardboard sign that reads, “Where’s Mike?”
Up rolls me and my Trikke. Then I reach down and hand them a dollar (as if they’re two homeless guys).
During the video’s credits, the story continues when photos show Eron and Chis taking my Trikke T12 from me and riding away. I guess you could say, I was Tiger Bait.
The cool thing about all this: the song and video have been licensed by LSU, meaning “Tiger Bait” will be rocking the big-screen scoreboard at home football games in front of 92,000 fans at Tiger Stadium. I guess you could say, they’ll be Trikke bait.
Don’t see the video? Click here to watch it on YouTube.