Bemidji State University student Michael Meehlhause wanted to show his fellow classmates how much he has enjoyed living in Bemidji.
With the help from a few of his peers, Meehlhause made his own music video called "Bemidji State of Mind," which is a takeoff from music artist Jay-Z's song, "Empire State of Mind," featuring artist Alicia Keys.
The five-minute video features Meehlhause rapping about all the places he has been to and events has seen in Bemidji such as the Paul and Babe statues, Lake Bemidji, BSU hockey games, cross-country skiing, restaurants, Lake Bemidji State Park and more.
Meehlhause, who is also the BSU Student Association Student Senate co-president, unveiled his music video at the Beaver Film Fest earlier this month. It has since created a buzz around campus and from community members who have seen it.
"I came up with the idea last summer but didn't work on it until this spring," Meehlhause said. "When I wrote it, I wanted to draw on all the amazing experiences I've had since I came up from the Twin Cities and became a student at Bemidji State."
The song is a tribute to Bemidji, Meehlhause added, its culture and people.
"There really is no place that can compare," he said.
Meehlhause wrote the lyrics and said he worked on the video for about two weeks before the Beaver Film Fest. He graduates next December, but will be walking this May.
A list of students who helped produce and direct Meehlhause's film are listed in the closing credits on the music video.