Above: NEW song, “Goodbye Bush (Na Na Na),” an ode to G.W. Bush leaving the White House! FREE download at http://www.4shared.com/file/81716173/f6ec79ea/APT_-_Goodbye_Bush__Nah_Nah_Nah_.html!
Also available on “The Next Black President” mixtape – FREE Download at: http://www.zshare.net/download/5455995741ddef5e/
Lastly, you can now download the VIDEO to re-post on YouTube!
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On Sunday, May 25, 2008, I, A.P.T., started this “One-Song-a-Week” website as a means of promoting my music. The objective: to release one song/music video every Sunday for ONE year.
On Sunday, June 21, I released a video for song #5 – a parody of Lil’ Wayne’s popular song, “A Milli,” called “O-bama O-bama.”
And since then, nothing for me has been the same…
Above: Video #5 of 52: My parody of Lil’ Wayne’s “A Milli,” “O-bama O-bama” (re-dubbed “Obama Milli” by the public at large. No, really!)
Video for “Obama Milli” Now Available for FREE Download! Click HERE for more info!
6 months later, and this continues to be my most popular song. To say it had an impact in the music world would be an understatement. It has been played globally, both on YouTube and radio stations worldwide. It has been re-posted on a countless number of websites and heard or seen by MILLIONS of people. And – most importantly – it actually changed the minds of people who were John McCain supporters, and convinced them to vote for Barack Obama instead.
Not too bad, considering I recorded the song and video in a small studio apartment in Atlanta, GA, using a talk radio microphone and a Kodak 6.1 Mega-pixel camera meant mostly for taking pictures!
I don’t really like to hype myself up too much. At the same time, though, I recognize that people are still trying to find the song, filming YouTube videos to it, or wondering “Who the heck ARE those A.P.T. guys?!?” (Sorry to disappoint, but there’s only ONE A.P.T., though sometimes I wish I WERE a group so I could have a camera guy!)
So, this page is exclusively set up for those searching for all things “Obama Milli”-related. Below, you’ll find:
A link to the page where I give insights into the creation of the song/video
Links where you can purchase the song via my albums or the single itself
Other Obama-Related songs made by me
Hilarious and/or creative YouTube re-creations of “Obama Milli” by others!
My feelings about others claiming my song as theirs (I’m talking about YOU, Tyga!)
Lastly, people always ask me, “How much money are you making off the song?” After all, it’s been played all around the world, and major artists and radio D.J.s have either tried to make their version or used it for their radio promos.
And the answer is: not much.
Aside from selling copies here at my site and on my albums, I really never set out to make money on the song. My only goal was to figure out a way to get my face in the music game and use all my songs as a means of doing that, THEN get paid. And, while I may not have initially made a huge amount of money off this particular song, it IS starting to pay off (in ways I can’t yet talk about… ooh, suspense and mystery!).
Besides, I made a song that helped convince enough people to vote a Black man into the White House – how many people can say THAT?!?
LINKS TO ALL THINGS “OBAMA-MILLI” RELATED:
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* The Original Page for the Song: I post up a new video each Sunday. Below the video, I type up insights into the making of the song and video. This is the link to the page for “O-bama O-Bama”: http://aptsongs.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/one-song-a-week-song-5-obama-obama/
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* Where Can I Get The “Obama Milli” single?: There are several ways:
The link to get the “Obama Milli” single as a 99 cent download: http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=153519.
The link to get “The A.P.T. LP” album (released 8-27-2008) which includes “Obama Milli“ plus other great songs like “Stop Cockblockin’,” “The KKKramer Song” and “Smooth Talker!” (Only 6.99 – Instant Download, works on ALL MP3 players including iPod!): http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=170344
The link to purchase “The Great Black Hope” (released 1-07-2009) which includes “Obama Milli” plus other hot songs like “Hands UP!,” “Nothing More 2 Say” and “Things 4 U (I Thought U Loved Me)!” (Only 6.99 - Instant Download, works on ALL MP3 players including iPods): http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=208737
The song also appears on my 2 mixtapes, both of which are FREE downloads:
Here are the link to both my mixtapes: “The O-bama Mixtape,” which features the original version; and “The Next Black President (a.k.a. Back On My Grind),” which features the “Obama Milli Mega-Remix” featuring Tyga – http://aptsongs.wordpress.com/apt-mixtapes-the-o-bama-mixtape-the-next-black-president
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*Lyrics to “Obama Milli”: First, here’s a video I made for YouTube with the lyrics -
And here are the lyrics typed out:
Yeah I’m goin’ in…
Call him “President,” he’s the next new President here
Senator, from Illinois, yeah
His criteria compared to John McCain just isn’t fair
Cause he’s B-L-A-C, so the eyes are on he
Through his pencil, he write legislation, with the country on his mind
And he don’t coat ish, cause he ain’t got time
Every second, minute, hour, KKK wanna devour
He got guards ready to pop ‘em, with their ch-ch-ch-ch-choppers
Every brother, mother, sister, cousin, grandma wanna hump him
Even got Hilary Clinton on the side ready to jump him
Tell the Clintons “Ha ha ha ha,” couldn’t catch him, couldn’t stop him
They go by the party rules, if you can’t beat him, you can’t top him
Thought she’d smack him, couldn’t pop ‘em, Delegates, couldn’t cop ‘em
Bill Clinton couldn’t help her, too bad she couldn’t drop ‘em, woo!
Man, Obama‘s so Illlll…
Obama goes here, Obama goes there
Sayin’ “Yes We Can” with wife Michelly, he’s hittin’ that derriere
He travel to Arizona, ready to cause some drama
Hopin’ McCain will comment, “Look at that bastard Obama
He’s too young, he’s too hip, Negros always ‘causin’ problems”
His pale-lookin’ face got him lookin’ like a goblin!
Mac-Cain, Mac-Cain, please don’t vote for Mac-Cain
First day up in office, talkin’ ‘bout some heart pains
Call the ambulance, QUICK! All you hear is sirens
His temper isn’t private – Dang, I hate a mad prick
Don’t you hate a mad prick? Plus, McCain’s an old prick
Barack’s a younger guy, So choose him, he’s the right pick
(Laugh) But if you choose the wrong pick
Your step-son’ll probably end up in Iraq quick!
His health clan plan is so immac’late
So even if your broke, and can’t afford to take a doc trip
You’ll be feelin’ much better – not sick
And, he’s okay, but his wife’s sick
And her back’s thick, And her walk’s slick
She’s a fly chick – I’d hit!
Man, Obama‘s so Illlll…
He’s makin’ history like X, King and Douglas, and RFK
Obama, he’s that “new black,” true that
Red-necks saaaay “He won’t beat John McCain
He don’t wear a flag pin, his middle name’s Hussein,” but
Who gon’ be dat boy dat doubt dat boy dey call “Obama”
Got Republicans sweatin’ like they up in Saunas (whew!)
Even McCain’s 90-something mama
Be ready to pull his lever every hour (Laugh)
And I’d rather eat a field mouse
Than to see John McCain in the White House
Vote Obama in, and I promise
He won’t turn back into some Uncle Thomas (Aaaaaa!)
No Aunt Jemimah or Southern Fried chicken
Call him “Chief Obama,” or “Mr. Keeps on Tickin”
Man, Pastor Wright’s comments couldn’t stop his tally
Even Oprah Winfrey said she was behind him
People, I say this country’s no hope without him
But he’s gotta go out and relate to everybody
He do what he do, like give his wife a hug and then a fist dap
Gotta do that stuff in public, so the hood’ll know that -
Gotta use big words, white people love to hear it
If they hear it, they don’t fear him, they don’t know him, but they feel him
Obama… ‘08… White House, a-ha!
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*Other Obama-Related Songs/Videos by Me: I never set out to duplicate the success of “Obama Milli.” However, given that he was a popular topic of conversation last year, I did make a few other Obama-inspired songs/videos. Check them out:
Above: Video #32, “The Next Black President!” For song/video insights, click HERE!
Above: Video #25, “The Obama Mixtape Intro (aka A Time 4 Change)!” For song/video insights, click HERE!
Above: Video #19, “John McCain is a P.I.M.P.!” Yes, it’s a John McCain song, but it was inspired by the fact that many people made songs about Obama but not McCain! For song/video insights, click HERE!
The link above is for video #15, “Shine 4 Obama.” It has a sample of Luther Vandross in it; consequently, YouTube took it down. So, I posted it at this link instead!
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*Other “Obama-Milli” Related Videos Made by Fans: Many people re-posted the song on YouTube. Below are a few of my favorite ones that I found to be either hilarious, creative, or a take on my song that I found enjoyable!
Above: Two girls singing along to “O-bama O-bama” in a kitchen.
Above: A girl running around in an “Obama” mask campaigning. And guess what the background music is??
Above: Two kids from Chi-town rocking out in their… I dunno, basement?? – to the “Obama” song!
Above: Two teens at a high school in Las Vegas beat-box the “Obama” song!
Above: A woman from France – FRANCE! – drawing a picture of Obama while my song plays!
Above: At SVHS (I’m assuming that’s a high school), the “Obama” song was played during their homecoming rally!
Above: Jerrell Puttin, of “The Obaminators” dance crew, encouraging others to vote by dancing to my “Obama” song!
Above: DJ Ice chops and screws “O-bama O-bama!”
Above: A video of Obama and pals driving in a car while bumpin’ “Obama Milli.” This was also made into a phone video message that got passed around by many!
Above: Two Girls in an Obama mask and a Joe Biden mask do a verse from “Obama Milli!” It looks so scary!
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MY TRUE FEELINGS ABOUT OTHERS CLAIMING MY SONG AS THEIRS
“Obama Milli” was released as video #5, in what is to be a 52-video, year-long series of videos.
Prior to its release, my videos hadn’t gotten a lot of views, except for video #1, another parody I did called “Erectile Dysfunction” (a remake of Snoop Dogg’s “Sexual Seduction”). That video had gotten 12,000 views at the time, so when I released the “Obama” song, I figured it would, at the very least, match up to that song’s popularity.
Clearly, I under-estimated how popular it would actually become.
Unbeknownst to me, while I was working on other videos for weeks 6 and 7, the video was taking off like wild fire on YouTube. And – because I had the song as a download on this site – people started getting the song and playing it. Some of these people turned out to be radio DJs (yay!) who ended up being happy to play it on their station.
And it was all good… until…
I was vacationing back home in VA with my family, and one of my friends from Georgia called and said they heard my “Obama” song on radio… only it wasn’t my voice on the verses. Turns out, one of the local DJs took my track, re-sampled the “Obama Obama” part of the song, and made his own version.
I wouldn’t have cared so much, if it weren’t for the fact that people started messaging me, asking me if I was REALLY the originator of the track, or if this particular DJ had taken it. I had to call my entertainment lawyer – who just happen to know the DJ in question – to get the whole mattered settled with that situation.
THEN, I found out that Tyga – ironically enough, a close friend of Lil’ Wayne – had contacted this guy on YouTube who had remade my “Obama” beat into an instrumental with more of a southern bounce to it, and asked him for the track. According to this person, Tyga “promised” he’d give him AND me a shout-out on the track.
Lo and behold, this never happened.
So, Tyga made his “Obama” song and toured around the country performing it – and getting PAID to do so. I know this because I saw all the videos other people took of him at his various tour stops doing the song.
So, how do I REALLY feel about all this?
It’s a catch-22. I can’t be too mad at it because, after all, I DID remake a song by Lil’ Wayne, so I’d look hypocritical if I got mad at someone else…
…but at the same time, MY remake was an original idea! Everyone else took the “A Milli” beat and did a freestyle talking about having a lot of money; meanwhile, I took the beat, re-made it from scratch, came up with the idea to use “Obama” as the subject, spent 3 days writing it, half-a-day recording it, 1 hour filming the video and 8 hours editing it…
…so, for someone else to get the credit for coming up with the idea really irks me.
The ironic part is, I had people claiming I stole the song from either Tyga or the radio DJ… yet, the vocal sample used in their songs is MY voice!
In the end, though, the song did what I wanted it to do: (a) get Barack elected, and (b) get my song exposed to people who were in a position to help me further along with my career goals. Which means that all those people that took my song and made their own ended up helping promote me more than I could have, and it didn’t cost me anything!
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This is the end of the “Obama Milli” page. The song has given me a great ride these past 7 months, and I hope its allowed other people to search out my other videos as well. After all, there ARE many other videos I’ve made since then, and I highly recommend you check them out!