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Rap trio Phat KiiDZ score YouTube hit with 'GAA Jersey'

Letterkenny rappers Phat KiiDZ teamed up with folk group Goats Don't Shave for their tune GAA jersey
Brendan Hughes

THE prospect of a rap song about women wearing GAA jerseys sounds like the most niche of musical tastes imaginable.

But a hip-hop trio from Co Donegal have made it happen – and it could easily make a claim for 'song of the summer'.

Letterkenny rappers Phat KiiDZ teamed up with folk group Goats Don't Shave, of Las Vegas in the Hills of Donegal fame, for their tune GAA jersey.

The song, a blend of celtic rock and hip-hop, has become a YouTube sensation having racked up tens of thousands of views in its first week of release.

It opens with the lyrics, "Dia duit, conas ata tú," and pays tribute to women in skinny jeans and football jerseys.

The track continues with, "I'm loving the way that you look in your GAA jersey, from the way that you sound I can tell that you're straight from the country."

And referring to the Donegal captain they rap, "Straight to the point like Michael Murphy, one more point to win the season, having pints at the bar for no reason."

The song's video was filmed at Balor Theatre and MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey, the home of Donegal GAA.

Phat KiiDZ are made up of rappers Happymore Mutyoro (Hapz), Samuel Kasenga (J-Kiizy) and Ndoda Madolo (Jawn).

The trio, all born in different parts of Africa, became a band when they met aged 13 in Letterkenny.

Their song has received considerable radio airplay in the south and has been praised online.

One Twitter user said it would be well-received in Belfast, saying: "Holylands will love this."

 

 

Phat KiiDZ say they're amazed at the support the song has received.

And the band has announced that they're scheduled to perform the track with Goats Don't Shave live on RTÉ's Late Late show in September.

It's the latest GAA summer anthem to hail from Donegal.

In 2012 reggae tune Jimmy's Winning Matches by singer-songwriter Rory Gallagher became an online hit and an anthem among Donegal fans.

Donegal later that year won the All-Ireland GAA football championship under then manager Jim McGuinness.

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