Taxpayers and tax preparer may give taxes a bad rap, but rapping about taxes paid off for a 28-year-old real estate investor from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Christian Pulfer is the grand prize winner of $25,000 in the TurboTax TaxRap contest. Pulfer's entry, "It's Just a Breeze…G," was selected by guest judge Vanilla Ice from more than 370 homemade rap videos.
Intuit sponsored the TaxRap contest, which ran from Feb. 8 to March 30 on YouTube and at www.TheTaxRap.com.
Intuit launched the contest with an original rap video by Vanilla Ice, titled “TurboTax Mojo,” which garnered more than 1 million views with homepage takeovers on YouTube, ranking as the most viewed entertainment video in its debut week.
"If you need a dollar, holler, 'cuz I got a lot back," Pulfer raps in his video, which was showcased on the homepage of www.YouTube.com on April 15.
"This video stood out as one of the most individual and creative entries," said Vanilla Ice. "The lyrical content, his style as a rapper - he put it all together and had some fun with it."
In addition, Carl Tietze from Portland, Ore., was named the $5,000 first-place winner, and Rhett McLaughlin and Zink Neal from Fuquay-Verina, N.C., were the $1,000 second-place winners. The winners were selected from the 13 finalists who garnered top votes from YouTube viewers.
Collectively, the rap videos were viewed more than 2.5 million times.