After his Whataburger vs. In-N-Out rap went viral on Twitter, first-year Isaiah Specks’ life changed.
Specks rapped about how Whataburger was better than In-N-Out as part of the #SoGoneChallenge, a challenge to freestyle about anything off of the beat from Monica’s 2003 hit song “So Gone.”
His rap instantly went viral with over 7,000 retweets and 9,000 likes. Fortunately, Specks took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with me and talk about the upsides (and potential downsides) of being Twitter famous for a week.
Did you learn anything from being Twitter famous?
“I learned that anything could make you famous … literally anything,” said Specks, a sophomore psychology and Spanish double major who likes Whataburger.
So there were no downsides?
“No, not really. It was just fun. There wasn’t anything negative that came with it, it was just everybody recognizing me because they knew who I was. People tried to do raps back at me, the people who liked In-N-Out, but it wasn’t anything bad or negative that came with it. I mean my phone was vibrating a lot whenever it first went viral last semester, but it was all fun,” Specks said.
Do you see yourself rapping in the future? Is it something you want to do professionally?
“Not at all. It’s just fun, like I may just freestyle with my [basketball] team or something but it’s not [something] where I would go into the studio or anything like that. It’s just a hobby,” Specks said.
Do people still bring up your Whataburger vs. In-N-Out rap?
“Yeah, somebody actually brought it up like two or three days ago when I was at Austin College … some fans were talking to me about it,” Specks said.
Oh, so people actually recognize you when you’re out in public?
“Yeah, when I went back home to Houston I was in a gas station and somebody was like, “˜Hey are you the one who made that Whataburger rap?'” Specks said.
You mentioned in your last interview that you were going to do a rap for Trinity. Did that ever happen and if so, how?
“Yeah, I think either the Trinity University Twitter or President Danny Anderson were like you should make one about Trinity and I was like okay I’ll do it and I was just joking at the time but then I actually ended up writing one to the same beat and I actually made a video for it,” Specks said.
What was it about?
“It was mostly facts like how many students we have and stuff like that,” Specks said.
Do you want to do more stuff like that for the university?
“I think it’d be cool to do stuff like that for the university. I love this school so if they want me to do more raps I’ll do it…maybe for some Tigerbucks or something,” Specks said jokingly.
Specks’ Trinity rap can be found on Trinity University’s Facebook and Twitter pages. He may think his gift is just a hobby but, who knows, in a few years, Specks might become the next face of the university.
Although, maybe Specks would rather be known for his Spanish or Psychology pursuits and achievements.