A scene from Melvin Medici’s “Surrey Theme Song” video. (Photo: youtube.com)

A scene from Melvin Medici’s “Surrey Theme Song” video. (Photo: youtube.com)

VIDEO: ‘Surrey Theme Song’ plays up ‘jokes and stereotypes’ artist sees in city

Artist known as Melvin Medici says he channeled ‘Surrey Jack’ alter ego for music video

A North Surrey man with the “stage name” of Melvin Medici is building an audience with music videos that aim to lampoon life in the city.

One clip of his, “Surrey Theme Song,” is attracting the most attention on social media since posted in June.

The fast-paced, 92-second hip-hop video plays up the “jokes and stereotypes I have experienced in Surrey,” according to Medici, who says his real name is Melvin Voon.

“I channeled my ‘Surrey Jack’ alter ego to carry out that song,” Voon explained in a Facebook message, after the Now-Leader contacted him. “The Surrey Jack stereotype is something I’ve witnessed all throughout my high school and so forth, so I decided to make a song as one, but in a comedic and lighthearted manner. It’s all fun and jokes at the end of the day, and it’s also great to see people relating to this song and being entertained.”

The video, which includes coarse language, references Guildford Town Centre, Central City, Tamanawis Secondary, “blazing at Bear Creek” and several local restaurants.

On Youtube, the clip has been viewed more than 32,700 times, and is posted to the Melvin Medici page on Facebook.

“I post videos regularly,” Voon noted. “I mainly upload on Instagram (instagram.com/melvinmedici) and I’ve managed to garner a decent following in the city, as many have told me how they resonated with my videos.”

• RELATED STORIES:

YouTube star Amrit Bains toasts Surrey in ‘Super Sweet City’

Surrey-based winners in latest STORYHIVE ‘music video edition’ contest

Voon, 21, described himself as an entertainer/actor currently enrolled in a post-secondary film/TV program.

“In my spare time I make these videos but I’m hoping to push it full-time in the future,” explained Voon, a Queen Elizabeth Secondary grad.

Another Medici-made clip is called “Types of Asian Guys – Vancouver,” described as “an exaggerated look on 6 kinds of Asian guys in the city of Vancouver, maybe in yours too.”



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

FIle
Agassiz-Harrison Lions continue stocking tradition

Club is looking for a variety of items

Read the full 2019-2020 annual report report online at www.seabirdisland.ca.
Seabird Island looks back in 2019-20 report

Highlights include COVID response, new development, upgrades

LEFT: Krista Macinnis, with a red handprint across her face that symbolizes the silencing of First Nations people, displays the homework assignment that her Grade 6 daughter received on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
RIGHT: Abbotsford School District Kevin Godden says the district takes responsibility for the harm the assignment caused.
Abbotsford school district must make amends for harmful residential school assignment: superintendent

‘The first step is to unreservedly apologize for the harm … caused to our community’: Kevin Godden

File photo
Outdoor recreation generates close to $1 billion annually in Fraser Valley: report

Camping, hiking and sportfishing generate the most spending, report finds

A new Sardis secondary school logo designed by a former student, Jason Roberts. (Facebook photo)
Chilliwack’s Sardis secondary unveils new logo done in Coast Salish style

The new-look Falcon is meant strengthen connections between Indigenous students and their school

Mary Cox and Jack Plant dance in their pyjamas and slippers at the morning pyjama dance during the Rhythm Reelers’ 25 Annual Rally in the Valley Square Dance Festival in Chilliwack on June 4, 2011. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 is Square Dancing Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Square Dancing Day, Disability Day and International Ninja Day are all coming up this week

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Elissa McLaren broke her left elbow in the Sept. 20, 2020 collision. (Submitted)
Surviving victims of fatal crash in Fraser Valley asking for help leading up to Christmas

‘This accident has taken a larger toll financially, mentally and physically than originally intended’

Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld (left) and former BCTF president Glen Hansman (right).
BC Court of Appeal left to walk tightrope of freedom of expression in Neufeld-Hansman case

Is defamation lawsuit aimed at stifling free expression or does the defamation hinder free speech?

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church has decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)
2 Lower Mainland churches continue in-person services despite public health orders

Pastors say faith groups are unfairly targeted and that charter rights protect their decisions

A big job: Former forests minister Doug Donaldson stands before a 500-year-old Douglas fir in Saanich to announce preservation of some of B.C.’s oldest trees, July 2019. (B.C. government)
B.C. returning to ‘stand-alone’ forests, rural development ministry

Horgan says Gordon Campbell’s super-ministry doesn’t work

Most Read