You won’t find them on Detroit’s 8 Mile. Nor will they be hanging out in the tough streets of Compton.
Instead, you will find these up-and-coming rap stars sitting in the confines of the NAPA Auto Parts race team’s hospitality cheering for their favorite driver – Ron Capps. When he wins there will be no break dancing or gang symbols flashing as onlookers walk by.
Instead there will be high fives and lots of smiles among the group of siblings and an in-law who proclaimed their allegiance to Capps, the twittering, hard-rocking Funny Car driver who as of late has become a rap fan.
Dan Meyers is no Snoop Dog or Emenim, or any other lyric rhymer. What he is – is a jingle writer and during a rain delay at the NHRA Nationals in Charlotte, he put inspiration to paper and one day on his drive to school, started letting those rhymes flow in a high horsepower melody which would have made even Ice T cringe.
Playing as a one man band, Meyer’s began spitting out the lyrics with the intensity of the flames belching from the pipes on Capps’ car during the 3.96-second pass in Englishtown.
“My name is Dan …,” he exclaimed.
Pausing to pick up the chorus, “Who?”
“Call me Mr. Meyers, I’m here to educate you ‘bout my favorite NAPA driver.
My wife, her little sister and brother Jeff … we’re laying down rhymes right and left.
His name is Ron Capps. C-A-Double P-S. He’s the Napa Driver and the very best.”
Before he knew it, Meyers developed a rap song.
Meyers is the son-in-law of NAPA Auto Parts executive Jeff Riling and has become a big fan of drag racing through the company’s affiliation with a driver he deems to be one of the most personable in the NHRA pits.
Meyers said he is always trying to help his father-in-law with catchy jingles and catchphrases. The jingle, created during an event which Capps won, just flowed into place.
“Whenever we are at NAPA events … killing time, and from time to time we write down lyrics about NAPA stuff,” said Dan. “We’ll write jingles in our spare time while at these events and sometimes rope customers into helping.”
Dan’s wife Lisa, Jeff Riling’s daughter, remembered the moment her husband pitched her on the idea.
“Ron called me to tell me he came up with a rap to which I responded, what do you mean, you came up with a rap? Then he told me it was a Ron Capps rap,” recalled Lisa. “The next day he came home and played it, and I couldn’t help but crack up. He was singing the rap and moving just like a rapper.”
Dan included Lisa and her sibling brother and sister, Jeff and Jeni Riling, in his first foray of rapping. The quartet worked around the clock laying down tracks on Dan’s laptop computer.
“We had about 100 outtakes of just laughs,” admitted Dan. “We worked out the laughs and spliced it all together. There were many takes of people in the background cracking up hysterically.”
Jeni embraced the idea and was an all-too willing participant.
“I was probably the most excited, because out of the group, I’m probably the one who likes rapping the most,” Jeni said. “I really enjoyed the experience; it was a lot of fun.”
Jeff Jr. was a bit reserved in his participation for obvious reasons.
“I thought I would sound foolish on it because we are about the nerdiest people you’ll ever meet,” Jeff admitted. “We all got into it, and even got my Mom [Carol] into it.”
Dan sent the audio to his father-in-law, who in turn sent the audio to a few others and before he could decide whether to keep as an audio or make into a video, the Napa Rap made its way throughout cyberspace.
When asked whether a sequel was in the works, maybe a CompetitionPlus.com rap, Dan and the group were non-committal.
“We are working on a sequel, it’s top secret,” said Dan. “We might change up our style to R&B or country. Don’t know yet.”
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