By Sara Brown
Revere resident Cody O’Brien has been rapping ever since he can remember.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been doing this. I can remember making mix tapes and things like that at a young age,” O’Brien said.
He goes by the stage name, “Dakota Jack”. He has recently become a YouTube sensation over his song “Slicin’ Up the Hot Beef,” which is about legendary Kelly’s Roast Beef. It has even been played on FM 94.5. It probably helps that O’Brien’s source of inspiration is due to the fact that he works at Kelly’s.
“People really like the song. They like Kelly’s and they think the song is funny,” the young rapper said.
His manager, John Barry, urged him to make a rap about the restaurant. The manager liked the rap so much that he helped O’Brien film a music video.
“I’ve done music videos before but it’s been awhile,” he said.
It wasn’t until the weekend of the annual Sandcastle Festival that O’Brien and his fellow Kelly’s employees decided to shoot the video at the famous beachside restaurant.
And hearing his song on the radio was an amazing experience for O’Brien. “It was pretty sick [slang for cool or good],” he said.
O’Brien is hoping that the success of his Kelly’s Roast Beef song helps open some doors. “I brought some of my other stuff to JAM’N 94.5 FM. If they like that maybe they will like my other stuff,” he said.
O’Brien said growing up in Revere on Augustus Street has helped shape him as a rapper. He is the son of John and Lisa O’Brien.
“I’m more open to things. It’s an urban community, so you see more stuff. You meet different kinds of people,” he said.
O’Brien’s lyrics just come to him. He explained, “They just pop into my head. Sometimes it’s about stuff I have gone through, other times its storytelling. It’s just something I’m good at…”
O’Brien dreams of becoming a famous rapper. After graduating from Revere High School in June, he hopes to attend UMass Lowell in the fall.
“If I could become famous that would be great. You never know what can happen,” he said.