February 15, 2009
Source The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
First a movie, then reality TV. Next, a raunchy rap video on YouTube that made clear several Southwest DeKalb High School students don’t think “MARTA is Smarta.”
The public transit system got the diss —- along with female riders —- in a video that included several drum majors from the SWD marching band. The video’s title: “B—— You Ride the MARTA Bus.”
Officials with the DeKalb County school system would not comment, saying they had not been aware of the video. The video —- which appeared to have been put up in January —- got taken down last week, a day after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote about it in an on-line story posted on ajc.com.
The video featured young men dancing and rapping about how cool they are —- too cool to let women who use MARTA into their car.
The admittedly wicked beat and catchy refrain couldn’t hide multiple references to drugs and, uh, women. Probably not the image the school wanted, considering how carefully it’s groomed the reputation of SWD’s Marching Panthers.
The band broke it big nationally when featured in “Drumline, “a 2002 movie shot in Atlanta and backed by music bigwig Dallas Austin. Band members are also fresh off the triumph of “Drumroll: SWD” —- Austin’s original series on Peachtree TV.