This week’s music video is for the song, “What We Do,” produced by ME!
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INSIGHT INTO THE SONG:
A good musician understands that they must please two audiences: themselves, and the (hopefully) millions of other people they want to become fans of their music.
Any good artist, therefore, will do their best to make songs that talk about real situations based on their life and/or other things that people can relate to. At the same time, though, a good artist will also realize that not EVERY song they make need to necessarily have a story, a major point, or anything relating to something involving real life.
Thus, the “filler” songs on albums. I hate the word “filler” because, regardless of how a song was written or what it is about, they all take time to write, create, make/find a beat for, record, mix, master, and present to the public in a way that it will be received by a large group of people.
In short: filler songs should really be called “fun” records because it allows an artist full rights to be as creative as heck, say whatever they want to say, all the while having a good time doing it.
This song – “What We Do” – is one of those songs.
The song is basically a meshing together of various freestyles I’ve written and saved. In total, the verses of the song have a written history as far back as 4 years ago. In other words, between my journal and hotmail site where I send songs to myself, I found verses I had saved over the years and clumped them together for this song.
This is one of those songs where I’m talking about how dope I am on the mic. Pretty simple, right? But the history of the song is a bit longer…
I originally wanted to do this as a posse song… but I don’t know a lot of people, and trying to find 3 random guys to rap on the track – people I’d consider to have “talent” at that – was hard. So I decided to do all the verses by myself!
I also had another beat for this song that I found online. Then, while tinkering around on my Fruity Loops one day, I made a beat that I thought would sound perfect for the song. The beat was made around the time P. Diddy’s first “band,” Da Band (a now defunct rap group), had a song out that was popular as heck… but it had a beat that used minimal instruments. I wanted to make a beat similar in sound, and once I did I figured “What We Do” would be a good song to attach to it.
Some Interesting Song Tidbits:
1. The second and third verse have been the same for some time now. As for the first verse, I didn’t have it written for almost 2 years from the other verses. Then, while I was freestyling to a Justin Timberlake beat (for his song “Summer Love”), I re-listened to it after it was done and said “This verse would make a GREAT first verse for this song!”
2. My favorite line in the song: “On the mic, I fight like Ali in his prime/Leave you shook like Ali since 1989.” Yes, I came up with that on my own, and I’m very proud of it!
3. In the second verse, I say a line – “Leave you stripped, like Judy Winslow.” She was the young but forgotten sister on the first 3 or 4 seasons of “Family Matters.” A few years after being dropped from the show, she did a couple of porno movies. So sad how the mighty fall…
INSIGHT INTO A MUSIC VIDEO:
I just moved to D.C. from Atlanta this past Sunday. I devoted so much time to finding a place to live and starting work, I didn’t think I’d even HAVE a video this week.
Luckily, I keep my camera on me at all times when I travel. While catching the train back to my brother’s apartment (where I’m temporarily staying), this young-looking guy got on the train… and proceeded to hip-hop dance for almost 20 minutes straight!!
After the first 3 minutes of him doing this, I thought to myself: “OMG, get your camera out NOW and film this!!” And so I did – and I got 6 minutes of footage of him doing all kinds of crazy dance moves that you just have to see to believe!
Some Interesting Video Tidbits:
1. Aside from the edits I made where he was standing around figuring out what to do next, there are NO tricks added to this video. All the things you see him doing in the video – from the hanging on the pole to other various moves – were on his own accord.
2. You’ll notice my book bag in the bottom left corner of the video. I was doing my darndest to make sure he didn’t see me filming – I didn’t want him to stop, or suddenly get startled and ruin his groove!
3. Estimated editing time: about an hour and a half. Also, since I still don’t have a place to live (not ‘til Monday!) I had to edit the video at a 24-hour laundry mat. Why? Because I decided to stay out all night instead of going back to my brother’s apartment. Now that I’m extremely tired (as I’m typing this it’s 4:02 AM), I wish I had gone home earlier. Now I have to wait until at least 5 AM for the next trains to come. But I digress…
That’s all for now – see ya next week!