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Bold Brainy Beats

The BYU Mathletes Rap Video Busts Rhymes About Being Smart

— April 2, 2012 — Pop Culture
The BYU Mathletes rap video portrays a world where brainy number-crunchers are treated like sports star royalty.

Brigham Young University (BYU) students Sam Dittmer, Hiram Golze and Robert Yang collectively created a music video to pose the question of what life would be like if the super smart were as popular as the super sporty. The trio spit geeky rhymes on a basketball court about the life of a math superstar. The video was created to commemorate the three students placing in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.

While the video is mostly a gag, it does raise an interesting point about the way society places more value on athletics than academics. Although the BYU Mathletes rap video seems ridiculous, if the brainy nerds in the video were replaced by brawny athletes, it wouldn't be that outlandish.
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