We congratulate Michael Shipwash, a.k.a. “Lawyer Mike,” who has taken homemade hip-hop music to a new low.
A graduate of the University of Florida in 1994, Shipwash got his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis in 1997. Yes, he’s a real lawyer in Tennessee. But it’s the Gators who are featured prominently in his above and below music videos, “Broken Glass” (over 132,000 YouTube views) and “Gone 2.”
The first comes off like an anthem of sorts with “Lawyer Mike” literally flexing his muscles, telling everyone how tough he is and doing it all while riding a motorcycle with a Gators logo on the back of his riding vest.
The latter is a ballad that reminisces about loved ones lost, a tune in which R&B singers screech over the top of a slow beat as we’re shown pictures of Mike and another man looking lonely – at some points on the dock of what appears to be a swamp.
Not “The Swamp,” mind you, but it might as well have been.
Shipwash unveils the entire Gator portion of his closet in the videos, wearing cut-off t-shirts and other athletic wear with his alma mater’s logo while also showing off a tattoo of a flaming basketball hoop next to a gator. He has another tat with an apparent mutant reptile and the words “Gator Nation.”
The music, at many points, seems like a parody. Shipwash appears with a slicked-back mullet, wears out-of-style buttoned down shirts and, generally, looks like he should appear in a “Saturday Night Live” Digital Short.
As Every Day Should Be Saturday pointed out, he is the stereotypical middle-aged Floridian. Check the videos below of him shooting handguns, wearing bandanas – sometimes at the same time – while championing his Christian beliefs.
It’s lucky for Shipwash that he’s a lawyer because, after watching him butcher the making of hip-hop and R&B music to an egregious extent, we want to file a formal complaint.