This is not a braggadocios post. Sure, the title may indicate otherwise, but allow me to elaborate before you make judgment on my words…
Two nights ago, I went out to dinner at Benihana with one of my aunts. We sat in the lobby area while waiting to be seated and started talking about various things.
As we were having our conversation, I look over and notice two boys – both of whom appeared to be related and about 13 and 9 – who looked like they were walking toward me. And sure enough, they were.
The older one says: “Excuse me… are you the guy who put out ‘The O-bama Mixtape?'”
Me: “Yes, yes I am.”
Older one: “Oh wow, we thought you looked familiar! We LOVE your songs, man, your videos are hilarious!”
I promise you, the look they gave me was similar to the looks I’ve seen people give Michael Jackson when they met him. Like, they were really in awe of the fact that they were meeting me!
At this point, both kids outstretched their hands to shake mine, which I was happy to do. I said, “thanks, I appreciate it – oh, and check me out online, I have some new videos up now too!” Then they said “it was nice meeting you” and walked back over to their party.
I rarely get recognized in public. I don’t go around telling people “Hey, I’m that guy who made the remake of Lil’ Wayne’s ‘A Milli’ song into the “O-bama O-bama” song and got played on radio stations and in clubs worldwide back in 2008!”
Furthermore, there are more people that heard the song than saw my music video for it (especially since I allowed it as a free download when I first released it). When I DO tell people about the song I made, I usually have to start saying the “O-bama O-bama” chant before they say, “Ohhhh – you made THAT song??”
Therefore, when I DO get recognized in public, I get REAL happy about it. It’s nice to know that people like my work enough to stop me and tell me to my face – call it an ego booster, but once you’ve had it happen you’ll know what I’m talking about.
At times, I think maybe I come off TOO humbly. There are people here in L.A. who do music that brag all the time about how great their music is or how many people downloaded their mixtapes…. meanwhile, I don’t go around really bragging to people about my stats ’cause I was raised that people don’t want to hear you brag about yourself, especially if they aren’t doing as great as you.
But, quiet as may be kept, I AM kind of a big deal. Peep the stats:
- I had a song that got played EVERYWHERE in the world, and was heard by MILLIONS of people (most new artists can’t say that)
- I had a song that got well over 12 MILLION hits on YouTube, thanks to various people re-posting the song
- That “The O-bama Mixtape” (from 2 years ago) that got me recognized by the two kids in the restaurant was downloaded over 10,000 times – and that was without good advertising!
- I have been paid THOUSANDS of dollars for a beat before – and that was just on my first beat-selling mission!
- I have made THOUSANDS of dollars selling songs on iTunes
So you see, I could play the bragging game all day if I wanted to. But what would be the point? Granted, those stats DO help you get further in Hollywood, especially if the right people know what your numbers are.
But in everyday conversation, I don’t feel the need to bring this stuff up, mostly ’cause (a) it seems rude, and (b) I always assume people would rather I ask them about themselves than have me spend my whole time talking about how great I am.
That’s why I’m so grateful when I get recognized in public for my videos and/or music: it’s someone else coming up to me and letting me know, in no uncertain terms, that – at least to them…
I’m kind of a big deal. 🙂