Our first finalist video in CrackBerry's BlackBerry Super Fanboy contest comes via Marco van Hylckama Vlieg, who put together an AWESOME BlackBerry rap video. I don't want to give too much away in the teaser here, so hit play on the video above and take it all in. It's totally hardcore BlackBerry Super Fanboy. Which also means I'll slap on a little warning for explicit lyrics. :)

Once you're done watching, keep reading for the back story on this video entry as well as the full lyrics to the song. Bonus points go to Marco for developing his own BlackBerry PlayBook app too. On a day where Apple is doing their new iPhone announcement, I think it's totally good timing that we're posting this up on CrackBerry today... time to go hard for the brand I love! 

Background info from Marco on this video....

This thing has been a long time in the making. I pretty much started immediately after the contest was announced. First I spent several evenings writing lyrics. This was harder than I thought it was gonna be because the words have to flow exactly right. Next up was recording the song. Rapping isn't really one of my core talents so this was even harder. Probably the hardest part of preparing this entry. The song was recorded over several evenings ending up in a humongous GarageBand project file. Everything in the soundtrack is me. The megaphone yelling, the backing vocals, all me. In the meanwhile I found some violent destruction footage on the net to spice things up a bit. And of course the various CEO pics etc.

I wanted a BlackBerry baseball cap but... I didn't have one! I have no idea if they even exist but I had to have one. So... I made one myself. My wife found me a plain black cap and I bought some white felt, cut out pieces to form a BlackBerry logo and glued them on. It came out pretty nice I think! She also got me the fake gold chain which I used to create the 'wearable PlayBook' together with the case and some tape.

I managed to find a cool 'ghetto scene' photo which I manipulated to have 'Blackberry for Life' grafitti artwork in Photoshop. I also prepared the 'Blackberry for life' tattoo-reveal piece in the meanwhile. I'm still learning After Effects so this was pretty cool to try. Then came the shooting. I was starting to run out of time and I hadn't really practiced a lot so this was quite the challenge. The blue screen setup (in my living room) wasn't really ideal so it doesn't look quite perfect. My lipsyncing cold be better as well but there was not enough time to practive.

Then I prepared the scenes in After Effects, going for the 'gritty black and white' look from the original DJ Khaled video. Like I said before, the blue screen setup was a bit crap so it doesn't look perfect.

Finally I mashed everything together in Adobe Premiere and there it was, my Super Fanboy Contest entry. I don't think I've ever spend this much time on a video so I really hope you'll like it!

For those who wonder what the cool Crackberry Logo scroller is: It's my own PlayBook app 'Screamager'. It comes with this animation.

Since some bits may be a bit hard to understand thanks to my stupid Dutch accent I'm also including the lyrics.

BlackBerry for Life - Go Hard for the Brand I Love! Lyrics

I think it's time for me to go hard for the brand I love
I think it's time for me to go hard for the brand I love
I think it's time for me to go hard for the brand I love
I think it's time for me to go hard for the brand I love

This is for Waterloo! Crackberry told me I could

If it ain't got BBM you don't stress
tell them fruitcakes that we are the best

You can't stop this!

Fuck yeah Blackberry owns the game
Apple, Android, Windows, all the same

If you could you would get rid of me
what you gonna do when a fan got to go hard
but I won't let you get to me
you should already figure imma go hard
If you were as real as me
You would never let an iPhone step in yo yard
Fart apps ain't shit to me
this is in my veins and it gets to my heart
so I am, I will I gots to say
There ain't no other brand than Blackberry
I am BBMing it in until the end I got to go, go, go hard

I am the hardest
Definitely the farthest
Disgusted with the rest
I mean ughh where do I start
First I stand around and vomit
then I shit up on it
Love Blackberry so much
Android's got nothing on it
They look slick BBM is sick so sick
Fuck your Droid don't look at me bitch
I'm lookin at who made Steve rich
I'm lookin at who made Steve rich
We had some wins some losses
Just a life of a Blackberry boss's
With the case off tapping on the keys like a mother fucking messaging boss
this is dope as it gets
dope as a mother fuckin acid trip
fly as fiftyseven passengers
This Bold be another classic bitch
everybody knows I got it if you want it then get at it
but You ain't gonna have
no You ain't gonna have it

If you could you would get rid of me
what you gonna do when a fan gotta go hard
but I won't let you get to me
you should already know I'm gonna go hard
If you were as real as me
You would never let an iPhone in yo yard
Fart apps ain't shit to me
this is in my veins and it gets to my heart
so I am, I will I gots to say
There ain't no other brand than Blackberry
I am BBMing it in until the end I got to go, go, go hard

Let me be heard
I hate robots and fruity turds
WebOS was cool and all
Till Leo the clown dropped the ball
Windows Phone, seriously?
Don't give a damn if you can't see
Man I don't care what you think is best
My gear's the the best so fuck the rest
Blackberry owns, RIM's the best
Better take note it's me who said
Don't care what others think they see
Apple hipsters got nothing on me
Don't even talk Wind-ows or Droids now
Stead of RIM they gon go down
Maybe I would have slowed down if I knew what I know now
QNX in the house gonna kick some ass
Soon you're gonna be the one who will be sassed
TAT's gonna get it on
We got what it takes to be number one
I guess it's gon be what it's gon be
But there's one thing you gotta hear
Gonna tell you like Crackberry told me
Fuck y'all hippies I'm out of here

If you could you would get rid of me
what you gonna do when a fan gotta go hard
but I won't let you get to me
you should already figure imma go hard
If you were as real as me
You would never let an iPhone step in yo yard
runnin' fart apps ain't shit to me
this is in my veins and it gets to my heart
so I am, I will I gots to say
There ain't no other brand than Blackberry
I am BBMing it in until the end I got to go, go, go hard

I'm goin in, I'm goin in!!!

I go hard for the Bold
I go hard for the Torch
I go hard for the Playbook

Mike, Jim, Research In Motion!
They're the best!
They won't stop!
They can't stop!
I won't stop!