MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Held captive by tests and drowning in debt.
That's how one lawyer-in-training and a retail clerk describe law school in their parody video of Maroon 5's "Payphone," aptly titled "Law School," which has reached more than 106,000 views and counting.
Andy Loud, a second-year law student at West Virginia University and rapper in the video, and his friend, Tyler Murray, a WVU graduate and lead singer, have been making music together for years.
The duo makes music under the band Chocolate Ghost House (named after a level in the Super Nintendo video game Super Mario World).
When Andy discovered the Law Revue's video contest, it gave him the motivation to create Chocolate Ghost House's first official video.
"Usually schools like Harvard or Yale win these types of contests; we wanted to put WVU on the map," Loud said.
The pop culture aficionados chose Maroon 5's top hit because "it's catchy and is lyrically complex enough to tell a story through the song," Loud said.
They said they wanted to create something with broad appeal.
"Our main goal in doing this is to positively affect people, whether that's just laughing or just making them happy.
"Our second is to make sure we're having fun and not taking ourselves too seriously. We love the creative process," Murray said.
Murray has been creating music and singing since sixth grade, and Loud began making parodies around the same time. While the bulk of the audio and video was created in about a day with Murray's expertise, the lyrics were much more time-consuming. Loud spent months crafting the perfect verse.
"Law school isn't as bad as people say it is. A favorite pastime of law students is complaining about law school. I wanted to include most of the types of things that would be common in law school - especially stuff from the 1L canon - cases like International Shoe, because every single first year in law school goes through that case," Loud said.
"We also wanted to make it accessible to everybody, so there's no overt school references, and I tried to keep broad the law school references to the point that people not in law school - while they may not get the depth of the jokes - can still relate to it."
His favorite line?
"I like that I make a reference to the Mighty Ducks 2. I say 'Work hard like Ducks in 'D2,'" and there's a quick flash in the video. You gotta look for it," Loud said.
Surprisingly, Loud doesn't consider himself a rapper, though, and only fulfilled that role because of a lack of other volunteers.