Fermilab in the house: atom smasher gets its own rap
Funky49, a.k.a. Steven Rush from Tampa Florida, performs the Fermilab rap, "Particle Business," for a Fermilab audience on Tuesday.
".rock stars of physics, particle business
smash matter, antimatter and witness
quarks, bottom to top they don't stop
'where the Higgs at?' yo that's their mark
'where the Higgs at?' "
- Funky49, "Particle Business"
Check it: sick rhymes and sweet beats meet hardcore science. Physics rap is in the house.
Before you say, "I've heard that before," listen up-this isn't the Large Hadron Rap, the surprise sensation that's already logged more than 5 million views on YouTube. There's a brand-new riff on particle physics, created by rapper and science enthusiast Funky49, a.k.a. Steven Rush. It's called the Fermilab Rap, or "Particle Business," and it's a tad slicker and a touch edgier than any physics rap you've heard before.
"I didn't want to do a facsimile of the LHC rap," Rush explained before the rap's premier performance Tuesday at Fermilab. "I wanted Fermilab to have its own voice."
So did Ben Kilminster, a physicist on Fermilab's CDF experiment and singer in CDF's resident rock band, the Drug-Sniffing Dogs. He read about Rush's previous project, an album promoting the Museum of Science and Industry in the artist's native city of Tampa, Florida, and suggested that the rapper turn his creative energy toward America's leading particle accelerator.
"It's true that the main motivation was to compete with the LHC rap, but overall I think just think it's a fun addition," Kilminster said. "Some people will never want to watch it, but for others, it might be the only way they learn something about Fermilab."
-- Rachel Carr
Steven Rush, a.k.a. Funky49, gives a presentation on rap as an education tool.