DJ Muggs: It would ‘be fun’ to play Jump Around live at Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium

If Bucky’s got a table, Muggs’ll bring the funk flow.

He’s rocked 50 states and 54 countries, but DJ Muggs has never kicked it at Camp Randall Stadium. So, hey — if the Wisconsin athletic department wants to give the man who birthed Jump Around an invite to campus next year in honor of the song’s 20th anniversary as a Badgers staple — he’s more than up for the party.

DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill first dreamed up the backing track to Jump Around, a Wisconsin tradition since 1998, some 25 years ago. (DJ Muggs/courtesy)

“If time permits, that could be something cool,” Muggs — the iconic rap producer, songwriter, disc jockey and backbone of the group Cypress Hill — told Land of 10. “[Expletive], yeah. That would be fun. I don’t know, man.”

A backing track conceived by Muggs 25 years ago and a 1992 breakout hit for the band House of Pain, the song Jump Around became a Madison institution in 1998, when it was played just before the start of the fourth quarter of a homecoming tilt between Wisconsin and Purdue.

Nearly two decades later, the song — and the stadium-shaking ritual of thousands jumping in unison to its infectious beat —  is as much a part of the Camp Randall experience as brats and bruising tailbacks.

“It’s dope. They lose their [expletive] minds,” Muggs said of the Badgers’ second-half spectacle.

“That [expletive] is ridiculous. To see a song like that, to still do that — it’s taken over the [expletive] world, smashing things up.

“Mother [expletive] stadium’s gonna come down.”

Muggs — aka The Black Goat, Grandmaster Muggs, Grandmixer Muggs and Lawrence Muggerud — recalled the first time he saw a clip of Wisconsin fans going bonkers a few years back, when a friend pulled it up on YouTube:

“Somebody was like, ‘Yo, have you seen this [expletive]?’ ” Muggs said. “I pulled it up and I’m like, ‘Oh, wow.’

“Many mother [expletives] since then, a lot of people, have showed me. I probably have heard like 10 or 15 times from a lot of different [people].”

‘I knew that song was dope, you know what I mean?’

Jump Around will have been played 125 times on Monroe Street when it drops during the Badgers’ home finale against Michigan on Nov. 18. The end of the 2017 regular season will mark 94 consecutive home games for the hip-hop classic; it had been put on hiatus early in the 2003 season by then-athletic director Pat Richter, fearing safety concerns, then brought back for good following student complaints and a review that found Camp Randall to be structurally sound enough to handle the stomping.

“It’s like this: You make some mixes, some stuff, you know [that] this is going to blow up. I knew that song was dope, you know what I mean?” Muggs continued.

“To this scale — you can’t really predict that kind of [expletive]. Like, ‘Oh, that song is gonna be banging in 26 years,’ and all that [expletive]. You don’t stay up planning that [expletive].”

The New York City native would be down with a cameo at Camp Randall, if the stars align and a break in the schedule opens. When the Badgers were in Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl in late December 2011 and early 2012, House of Pain front man Everlast performed a version of Jump Around live with the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.

‘You just want people to enjoy it for what it is’

All in all, a damn good run for a Midwest ritual that started more than 25 years ago as a driving beat in Muggs’ head — one he’d been saving for the second Cypress Hill album.

“I just made it,” recalled Muggs, who produced House of Pain’s original. “Everything I make comes from my dreams. I dream it, I wake up and I make it.

“And I had this part of the song that says ‘Jump, jump!’ I said, ‘I got this song called Jump Around,’ and said, ‘Hey, man, do you want to … write lyrics to it?’ ”

Everlast penned the lyrics in Muggs’ driveway. They cut the track in a day.

The rest? Big Ten history. The cream of the crop.

“When you go into the studio and you sit in the studio, you just want people to enjoy it for what it is,” Muggs said. “And to see them still enjoying it like this, on that level, is [expletive] dope.”

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