This week’s music video is for the song, “A.P.T. (What’s My Name),” produced by HiFly.
INSIGHT INTO A SONG:
Snoop Dogg. Dr. Dre. Lil’ Boosie. Eminem. Lil’ Wayne.
All of them have one thing in common. Okay, actually, they have a few things: they’re all rappers, they have lots of fans, and have made LOTS of money off their stage names.
Part of the reason for that is because they’ve drilled their names into people’s head through song. And not just the occasional self-mentioning of their names in a few of their tunes. I’m talking about the fact that they’ve made popular songs where their name is the chorus of the song. People hear these songs in the club, and – through the power of direct suggestion – become familiar with the names of the artist repeating his/her name.
When I was recording songs for “The A.P.T. LP,” I knew I wanted to have a song where my name was in the chorus. Actually, I figured that out WAY before this CD was even a thought, and the chorus to the song – “What’s my name? (A!) What’s my name? (A!) What’s my name? (A. – P. – Taaaaay!)” – has been in my head for almost 4 years, along with the opening lines, “Lights, camera, filming and ACTION/A.P.T.’s back with a passion…”
That’s all the song I had for 4 years. I would walk around freestyling the rest of the song, and was eventually smart enough to write down some song lyrics during one of my typing song sessions (where I type out random lyrics and hope they will fit into a song).
I had an idea of how I wanted the beat of the song to sound, but I couldn’t seem to actually make the beat. Then, I went online and found a guy named HiFly who had an array of beats. There was a beat he had that sounded simply epic – it sounded like a beat that should open up an album and announces to the world that THIS is the official start of the album.
When I heard the beat, I knew I wanted to use it for a song, but didn’t know which song. After I started trying to think of a chorus to go with it, I realized that the “What’s My Name” chorus would go perfect with the beat. I gathered together some lyrics I wrote, and WHAM! I had a song!
This is one of those songs where I have to talk about how cool/good/better than others I am. After all, my name IS in the chorus. So, nothing too deep – just some entertaining stuff!
Some Interesting Song Tidbits:
1. The second-to-last line in the first verse – “I’m like milk on a shelf, I’m legendary” – I came up with YEARS ago, and have been dying to use it in a song. It’s one of those play on words that have to be explained, which I actually do in the next line of the song (“Milk – dairy? Legde – shelf?”). I figured no one would get it otherwise.
2. The second verse of the song is what I called a “verse countdown.” The first line is “I spit a mean 16 on the mic…” for the first line, and so forth, until the 16th bar when I say “No ONE.”
3. I wrote the last verse a few days after Issac Hayes died while exercising. In retrospect, the line “I have you slumped over and limp like Issac Hayes” is probably too soon… but heck, I liked it, so I put it in!
INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:
It just so happens that Sean Combs, a.k.a. Diddy, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a…. Okay, I could type this all day… the point is, he has a video blog on YouTube, and for one of his vlogs last week he put up a video for a remix song he did called “Swagga Like Puff.” The video was so simplistic and basic, yet hilarious… and since this happens to be MY 20th music video, I just KNEW I had to do a parody video of Diddy’s video!
Once again, doing a parody of anything takes work. I had to study the stuff Diddy does in his video, and watched it at least 20 times before I got the flow down of all the stuff he does in the video.
BTW: My video is much funnier if you’ve actually seen Diddy’s video, which is posted above. I made some “changes” to the things he did in the video (for example, showing off Pinot Grigio instead of Ciroc Vodka), and it’s pretty hilarious!
Some Interesting Video Tidbits:
1. The king crown worn in the video is from Medieval Times, which I went to back in July with my friend Michele. I always try to keep props I get when I’m out – ya never know when they might come in handy!!
2. Yes, I actually poured oatmeal into a bowl, mixed it with orange juice and took a bite. What you don’t know: after the video was done, I actually microwaved the oatmeal with the O.J. in it and ate it. Prognosis: it really does NOT taste good!
3. The Pinot Grigio bottle in the video? Camanile. I don’t drink wine, but I had the bottle, and poured water into it.
4. The dancing at the end is BAD. But so was Diddy’s dancing. Perhaps, since this was a parody, I should have done some GOOD dancing, LoL!
5. Edit time for this video: less than 2 hours. Heck, I shot the whole thing today AND edited it within about 3 hours total!
That’s all for now – see ya next Sunday!