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April 17, 2013

Wiley hopes WVU song will take off

MORGANTOWN — As Grant Wiley remembers it, he was working at a catering event, and wasn’t really in a very good mood, if you could imagine this guy who spent his college days tearing apart tight ends and running backs as one of the great linebackers in West Virginia history being in a bad mood.

Things, however, had not gone quite the way he wanted them since getting out of WVU, a shoulder injury ending his NFL career before it could get started and then bouncing around from this to that, trying his hand at acting and the like in New York.

Anyway, he was working at earning a living this day, thinking of getting in and getting out.

“I’d been going through these periods of being frustrated with not being where I wanted to be in my career. I kind of had a chip on my shoulder this day. I just felt like I was going to come in and get out when I met Daniel Ochoa,” he said.

The way he remembers it, it came about like this.

“At a lot of jobs I do a lot of humming under my breath. I was humming some melody … as I walked by Ochoa starting beatboxing to what I was humming,” he said.

Beatboxing is sort of vocal percussion, producing drum beats or rhythm or musical sounds with one’s mouth, lips, tongue and voice, a now thing that has become part of hip-hop music.

Wiley, you see, had secretly been into music for some time.

“I’d been writing songs and working on getting them produced since I moved to New York,” Wiley said. “My junior year in college I started writing poetry, and it just evolved into music.

“I always knew that I wanted that to be my way into the entertainment industry. I was just being patient over the years teaching myself how to construct songs, knowing one day I would meet the perfect partner for music.”

So now he and Ochoa, who professionally has dropped the final “a” and become Ocho, which is 8 in Spanish or infinity.

“I asked him if he was into music and he said he was a producer and engineer. I told him I had tons of material written and that I’d been working on my voice the last seven years, just opening it up and learning how to use it,” Wiley said.

That was the start and this Saturday, at the spring game, comes the fruition of that meeting with the introduction of “Mountaineer Nation”, a song Wiley wrote and the two are putting out under the name they have adopted G.n’8.

“I’d written ‘Mountaineer Nation’ after we were beating the crap out of Clemson,” Wiley recalled. “I was thinking, we’re going to the Big 12 and I was thinking we need some kind of introduction song, some kind of hype/energy song that could be played in the stadium so the Big 12 knows who we are.”

The game had ended around 12:30 p.m. and Wiley worked on the song until about 4 a.m.

“Just tapping away, letting these words come out in different waves.”

This is what he came up with:

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