YO YO YO YO YO YO!!!

KALAMAZOO!!!!

This page is dedicated to the once in a lifetime performance of the legendary Western Michigan University based rap group RUN D.i.S.C. The date was April 16, 2003. The location was the main dining room of the Fetzer Center. The ceremony was the graduation of the Spring 2003 Keystone Leadership Training class. The music was California Love. The performance was a one of a kind rap song based on the music of Tupac and the training of Felicia. It was the Shaq Daddy of leadership training presentations. The thrilla in Vanilla (as in Ice Ice Baby). It will not be repeated. It was witnessed by a standing room only crowd of 35 peers and supervisors. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it was not videotaped. Below are the lyrics and some pictures dedicated to preserving the memory of this unique performance. Run D.i.S.C. will soon be a distant memory, but their joy of leadership will forever (or until I run out of disk space) be captured in song and pictures .....

If you don't have your own Cally CD feel free to click on the CD cover below to play a short Real Media song that "knows how to paaarty".

And now ....

ON WITH THE SHOW!!!

Felicia introduces T-Diddy of the rap group RUN D.i.S.C.

(Tom W. as T-Diddy comes into room)
Yo yo yo yo yo yo yo! KALAMAZOO!!!
If yall ready ta hav a good time let me here ya say “yeah”!
C’mon now, if yall ready ta haaaaav a good time let me here ya say “YEAH”.
OK! I’m T-Diddy and the name of our raaap group is "RUN D.i.S.C.".
We gonna be representin today wif a fresh beat fo yall called "Keystone Chillin".

So put yo hands tagetha fo my g-money playaz.
Give it up for Missy Chrissy. (comes into room)

(Christen C. as Missy Chrissy)
If yall proud to be from WMU let me here you say "YEAH".

(Tom)
We got Lil Jim in da house. (comes into room)

(Jim B. as Lil Jim)
If yall proud to be a Bronco let me here you say "YEAH".

(Tom)
And my home boy Snoop James. Yeah!!! (comes into room)

(James A. as Snoop James)
If yall gonna hook my crew up wif some raises let me here you say "YEAH".

(Tom)
OK me and my crew is ready to get this party started.
Ready yall?

(Group)
YEAH!!!!

(Music switches to California Love instrumental)

(Tom)
My name's Tom, wit my homeys James and Jim
Bringin yall a rap, about the trainin we was in.

And lets not forget, about Christen from HR
Ya'll can look at her, because we is just old farts.

D to the i to the S to the C,
Really helped us, understand who we be.

Rosemary Ward, showed us we're able,
To bring different strengths, to the table.

A topic that left us asking for mo,
Was about motivatin, it was called Gung Ho.

Ya know the cool thing, about doing this rap
is that nobody can tell, that our singing is crap.

I know my crew is anxious, and my voice is getting horus,
So listen while we drop on you, this tupaac chorus.

Chorus
(Jim) Heeey Hooo hip hop hooray,
(Christen) Wangsta gangsta, T-Mac drop a trey,
(Tom) Fashizzle magizzle, deegle double g,
(James) Keystone Training rap from Run D.I.S.C.

(Jim)
In the beginning the foundation was our goal.
We learned who we were, and wrote down the values from our soul.

Affection, love, relations, friends and family, were #1 in our shop.
So in our value statement we place it at the top.

Integrity, trustworthiness is #2, Inner Harmony, peace of mind, freedom from
stress is #3. This is how our list of values came to be.

Contributing, giving of oneself, and Helping others is #4.
We keep these in mind each time we knock on a student's door.

Freedom, Independence, and choice of path is #5.
These help me when giving work out to the guys.

#6 is Doing, Achievement, Accomplishment.
This is what makes it worth it, especially when there’s acknowledgement.

This is the value statement for our shop and others.
Take a copy with you and share it with your fellers.

(Value Statement - handed out)

Chorus
(Jim) Heeey Hooo hip hop hooray,
(Christen) Wangsta gangsta, T-Mac drop a trey,
(Tom) Fashizzle magizzle, deegle double g,
(James) Keystone Training rap from Run D.I.S.C.

(Christen)
To live a life where I procrastinate...
With change doesn't have to be my ultimate fate...

To ease the chaos in my mind...
I learned to prioritize my tasks and time...

Recognize one another's differences...
Everyone has the right to their preferences...

Chorus
(Jim) Heeey Hooo hip hop hooray,
(Christen) Wangsta gangsta, T-Mac drop a trey,
(Tom) Fashizzle magizzle, deegle double g,
(James) Keystone Training rap from Run D.I.S.C.

(James)
We all learned about coaching skills,
Mary Jan Mapes supplied the thrills.

Vision, compentency, feedback was the goal,
Developing appreciation, nurturing, and influence helps warm the soul.

Exploring others pint of view, using your ears as opposed to your mouth,
goes a ways to gaining resolve.

So everybody stand. Get out of yo chair
Start movin yo arms, in the air.

C'mon now yall, out of yo chair,
Back and forth like you just don't care.

Chorus
(Jim) Heeey Hooo hip hop hooray,
(Christen) Wangsta gangsta, T-Mac drop a trey,
(Tom) Fashizzle magizzle, deegle double g,
(James) Keystone Training rap from

(all sing) Run D.I.S.C. - YEAH!!!

THE END

Final thoughts: YES, it was FUN! Definitely some of the most fun I have ever had in my 15 years at WMU. This web page is truly dedicated to the rapper that lives in all of us. Vanilla Ice probably said it best, "Word to ya mutha".

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