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Belmont freshman Blake Mankin had a few minutes of fame this morning, when his recently uploaded YouTube video was featured on the "Today" Friday morning in the show's "What's Trending Today" segment.
Mankin tried to sleep in before class this morning, he says, but his roommate woke him up with, “Yo, dude! I just saw your thing on the 'Today' show! You gotta come see this!”
That "thing" was a hysterical video of Mankin rapping his food to-go order at the Wendy’s on West End, with his three friends ordering from the back seat. Perhaps the best part: The Wendy's employee got the order right despite the presentation.
Mankin, who wrote the rap his senior year of high school, and his Belmont friends first tried another Wendy's drive-through for taping their performance but the manager wasn't so welcoming. They found a receptive audience at the West End Wendy's.
The four friends live on the same floor in Maddox Hall at Belmont. “We’re big on representing where we’re from,” Mankin said proudly.
The man behind the camera and who also did the editing, Eric Irvin, is a Belmont senior majoring in video productions. The only one of the group not a freshman, Irvin ironically also lived on the same floor of Maddox Hall when he was in that class.
Mankin loaded the video on Jan. 23 and shared it on his personal Facebook and his artist Facebook page (Mr B). In a matter of hours, the video was shared so many times, he was “trending” on social media overnight, which is how "Today" noticed it.
“I didn’t totally believe it because I didn’t think it could gain momentum like this. And when I got to class everyone was telling me about it and about this morning's segment!”
Mankin is a hip-hop artist and said he is heavily influenced by the early '90s hip-hop era. The purpose of loading the Wendy’s rap video was to promote his upcoming mixtape "What The Funk?", set to release on Feb. 15 online at his website, mrbofficial.com.
The lyricist is double majoring in entrepreneurship and songwriting, but what's his ultimate goal?
“To become an inspirational speaker. Life is what you make it.”
check out the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XPBJXzZgkQ