In a grand collaboration of abbreviations, frat-boy favorite rock band O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) has teamed up with rapper/singer B.o.B. (Bobby Ray Simmons) to create a rock-hip hop hybrid inspiring tune for athletes ahead of the London Olympics.
The two performed their song “Champions,” which has been released on behalf of Duracell’s “Rely on the Copper to Go for the Gold” Olympic-centric branding campaign, on "The Tonight Show" this week. HuffPost Entertainment chatted with Marc Roberge (O.A.R.'s lead singer) and B.o.B. on Jay’s set (where they got a little lost) about collaborating, being inspired by the athletes, holding gold medals and whether or not they actually get to go to London.
What inspired “Champions”?
B.o.B: The song is inspired by the spirit of the Olympics. We had a chance to meet a lot of the athletes from the martial arts teams and got to talk to them about what it takes to go into training for the Olympics. I think it gives the athletes another sense of being appreciated.
So you guys found common ground with the Olympians?
Marc Roberge: Totally. The song was written from the point of view of hunger -- a hunger to do what you want. You can tell musicians and athletes a 1,000 times that they won’t make it but they’re never going to give up on the hard work and the hunger.
What was it like having the actual athletes in the studios with you while you’re writing a song about actual athletes?
Marc Roberge: The martial artists just started hanging around the studios and they were instantly interested in what we do and we were so into what they do and we realized that hard work is the answer to what we both do. They showed us some of their medals from Beijing and I have to say I had never held an Olympic medal before. It had a special energy in it.
So are you guys going to make it to the Olympics to perform this ditty?
Marc Roberge: As far as I know, we are probably going to go to London. OK, someone is telling me it is up in the air, but there is a very good chance and if they don’t send us there I will probably jump in a plane and go myself.
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