Better than a pep rally: Grayson High video teasing football rivals Brookwood

The AJC has a great story on a fun and clever YouTube video created by some Grayson High students to hype Friday night’s football game between the Grayson Rams and the Brookwood Broncos.

I have posted “Brookwood, Where You At?” here for you to watch. The student performers and writers deserve all the attention they are getting. This is a blast. (I also posted Brookwood’s response. It is also terrific.)

According to the AJC:

The Grayson teens who created the rap and produced the beat have appeared on local television performing their hit. It has spread across metro Atlanta radio and is being downloaded on iTunes by the score.

“This is a modern day version of saying ‘I’ve got spirit, how about you?’” said Grayson senior Kawan Moore, who came up with the idea for the rap and appears first in the video. “Hopefully, it will catch on.”

The song has sparked several responses, including “Grayson, Step Up Your Game,” the “official” comeback released by Brookwood seniors Wednesday. The students say they plan to donate any proceeds to Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society charity supported by Gwinnett County Public Schools, where they honed the talent that helped them to rhyme.

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October 27th, 2011
7:33 pm

Looks like good clean fun! Hope it stays that way! Kudos to the student artists for their work!

Dr. Monica Henson

October 27th, 2011
11:13 pm

Simply awesome!

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Truth in Moderation

October 28th, 2011
12:33 am

Uninc. Gwinnett

October 28th, 2011
7:25 am

Grayson’s video took weeks to produce while Brookwood took just a few days. Brookwood is a top school for academics, fine arts, and yes – sports! Good luck to both teams Friday night under the lights!

Choice Theory

October 28th, 2011
8:33 am

Wonderful use of video production skills! I commend these boys and their teachers on a job well done. It makes me proud to be a Brookwood alum to see the tradition of excellence passed on to the younger generations. Go Broncos!

V for Vendetta

October 28th, 2011
9:50 am

This is a fantastic example of what we SHOULD be promoting in school. In this day and age, when most students are able to throw together a clip for YouTube or Facebook, it makes sense to usher that creativity into the academic setting. I applaud their efforts and their foresight to encourage students to combine some of the things they love into one video project: communication, school spirit, and a good old fashioned ribbing of your rival. As a broadcast teacher myself, I am quite jealous that I did not come up with this idea!

Bravo and well done!

(For the record, I find Brookwood’s production to be superior. Their video also does a better job of showcasing their whole school and multiple sports.)


October 28th, 2011
10:41 am

Wow..that’s awesome.. they are on ITunes too, The thing is going viral…good on all these kids – both schools ..GREAT JOB


October 28th, 2011
11:19 am

Here’s my question:

Why in the world does the GCPS spokesman have a “no comment”?? Isn’t this a chance for you to promote your system?? A simple, “We’re proud of these students and their school spirit. GCPS is full of students like these who are motivated and creative.” I mean both of these videos are a fantastic representation of their respective schools. The language is clean, and they’re done in good fun. Isn’t that the image we want our students to project?


October 28th, 2011
12:18 pm

Great Job! I loved it!


October 28th, 2011
12:56 pm

irisheyes, not sure this fits into Alvin’s idea of “acceptable use of time.”

Mufiican Jam

October 28th, 2011
6:34 pm

quick, someone send a copy of both videos to Kanye or JayZ. They are in town this weekend and they need to see people can be creative in hip hop without using vulgar language, and you don’t have to demean females and still be considered cool. wow, kudos to both camps on this one. production was excellent!!


October 28th, 2011
7:47 pm

Do any of you have students at either of these schools? I do. There is a lot more to this than just some wonderfully done videos. From what I understand, students from both schools have been bullied and harrassed over these videos. Silly, I know, but it’s the truth. Perhaps that is why a “no comment” statement was made? I do think the videos are excellent, but some of the students can’t seem to take it all in fun. From what I understand, there are many parents who will not allow their children to attend the game tonight as a safety precaution. Some awful stuff has gone down over these videos.

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T Doug

October 28th, 2011
9:22 pm

Great job guys! This was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh W

October 29th, 2011
11:51 am

@Mufiican Jam: …..That’s just good business. If people didn’t buy their music then they could do cleaner rap. Don’t comment on something you’re ignorant of. Everybody on here had positive comments but you saw this as an opportunity to take a cheap shot. The reality is that they make millions off vulgarity and degradation because people pay to see that. Thats just good business. And yes I am a brown skinned american. C’mon now.

Josh W

October 29th, 2011
11:53 am

in other news, my senior year I did the same thing about the green flag game and eventually won a ghsa student media award for it and other short clips we made in video production. These guys did great


October 29th, 2011
9:53 pm

EXCELLENT! Has a HS administrator for 10+ years this is high school rivalry at its BEST! Kudos to both Grayson and Brookwood! Excellent job to the students at BOTH schools!

Muffican Jam

October 30th, 2011
9:03 am

@Josh W a.k.a. brown skinned American…I was simply making a comment. You are obviously under 25 and don’t have a clue as to what you are talking about when it comes to rap and hip hop. You think it’s good business to deluge the black community with negative images and promoting ghetto living?? These kids are from the suburbs and their music reflects a background where households with two working parents are saluted. Not down graded. Let me guess you are a want to be rapper trying to come up, right? I was positive in my comment. All I said was you can rhyme and keep it clean, like both Grayson and Brookwood did, without the cussing and degradation of females. I applaud their efforts. You as a so called brown skinned American,as you put it, should be offended by the direction rap is headed to these days. Why don’t you download some KRS-One; Gangstarr; Brand Nubian etc and tell me what the difference is between that and what you listen to today. You’d rather settle for what a record company executive will tell you is good hip hop and let that negativity permeate throughout your household rather than stand up like a man and quit listening to that Lil Wayne and Drake crap that goes out over the airwaves. Dude turn off the radio and pick up a book and read it!! Your SAT word of the day is “enlightenment” go look it up!! Stay small–You clown!!!

Lydia Moreno

October 31st, 2011
12:32 pm

Soooo freaking cool!!!!