Toronto FC rookie Omphroy a budding musician
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Rookie Demitrius Omphroy has spent all but one minute of the 2011 season on the bench patiently waiting for his chance to shine for Toronto FC.
While he practices during the week to make sure he’s ready when his time comes, the former Cal star — who found YouTube stardom in 2010 when a lip dub video with his teammates went viral — is also honing his musical chops.
Omphroy has long dabbled in music, writing his own songs in addition to appearing in videos and contributing to releases by up-and-coming San Francisco bay area hip hop collective Starting Six. His latest foray into song is “Facebook Chat,” a lighthearted collaboration with Starting Six aimed at the social media generation.
“'Facebook Chat’ was something that we did a while ago,” said Omphroy. “I was talking to Starting Six, who I’ve known since college, and we thought the idea was pretty funny. It was this unfinished idea for a long time and then suddenly we decided to make it into a full song.”
Omphroy — who records under the name “Meaty” — sang and wrote the hook, producer Nic Nac banged out the beat, and the Big Steve of the Starting Six crew supplied the lyrics. The result is a sweet and shiny pop song that only hints at the lascivious behavior that often originates from a late-night online chat session.
For now, Omphroy’s letting music take a back seat to soccer, but there’s a good chance we’ll be hearing more from the Toronto midfielder/defender in the future.
“I’ve been working with [Ray J associate] Bobby Brackins on something that Nic Nac is producing,” states Omphroy. “It’s a little tough working with them being in LA and me being in Toronto, but I’ve been talking to some people about getting into the studio up in Toronto."
“I don’t want to say too much, but we’ll see what happens.”