Above: NEW song, “Goodbye Bush (Nah Nah Nah),” my 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!
This week’s video… er, I mean, today’s video… is for the song “Goodbye Bush (Nah Nah Nah),” produced by ME!
INSIGHT INTO A SONG:
First of all: Those of you who normally stop by my website know I tend to post up videos every Sunday. Clearly, as I am posting this video, it is Thursday, meaning it’s not Sunday. Therefore, you may be a bit confused.
Allow me to tell you a fascinating story…
So, Tuesday was Barack Obama’s official swearing in as the 44th President of the United States of America. Which also meant it was the day George W. Bush was finally LEAVING office. I, along with the rest of the nation, couldn’t have been more happy about this moment – both for a Black man entering the White House, and a White man who was LOUSY at his job as “President” finally being given the boot!
After watching all the events unfold on TV, I started surfing the net. A story popped up on Yahoo.com saying that, as Bush was being helicoptered out of the area, there were people in the crowd singing rock band Steam’s classic hit chorus:
“Nah, nah, nah, nah… nah, nah, nah, nah… hey, hey, hey… gooood-byyyyye!”
I thought that was extremely hilarious! The more I thought about them doing that, though, the more I thought I could make it into a song. So, I went on YouTube to figure out the band that did it, then downloaded the song off Limewire. I was hoping I could find the instrumental somewhere, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Luckily, the opening part of the song has no words being said in it, so I was able to take that part of the song and re-loop it. FYI: people think re-looping a sample is easy. WRONG! I had to cut and paste a small part from another part of the song and paste it near the opening part where there’s drums but no other music so it would sound like a seamless loop, then I had to copy and re-paste the song in the right section over and over again, not to mention having to mix in the various parts where the “Nah nah nah’s” would come in… it took about 2 hours to make that “simple” little beat, people!
Once I had the beat done, I had a freestyle/writing session. I wrote down some lyrics, then freestyled to the beat for a bit, and used bits and pieces from both to create the 2 verses of the song. Then, I recorded them. It took me a few takes to get the feel/flow down of the song since I didn’t want to just rap it all sing-songy. There are lots of stops and pauses in the verses, so I had to record several takes before I got it right.
When it came time to do the talking part during the drum solo, I just freestyled it. I didn’t know what I was going to say – all I know is, I wanted to summarize a few points: (1) That Bush did a bad job, (2) that his administration was no longer in power, and (3) that hope could now be restored.
I mixed and mastered the song as best I could… but somehow, the sound sounded a bit fuzzy. I was going to work on the song some more before releasing it, but I knew that time was of the essence. Now that Barack’s in office and the parties were winding down, I knew it would only be a matter of days before any song released about Bush or Barack would be of less importance/meaning.
So, I figured I’d post it up as is – after all, my videos as of late, while great, hadn’t been getting as many views as I’d like, so I thought not too many people would even hear it. I was going to just post it up with a black screen saying “Free Download, Stop By My Website…
INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:
…but I couldn’t just do that!
I hate when I go to YouTube, and someone has a song up but no “real” video to go with it. I figured that, even if I just posted up a video of me dancing to or miming the song, it would still be better than having the viewer look at nothing the whole time!
I didn’t want to do a big shoot or one that would take a lot of time (I’ll save that for this Sunday’s video), so I decided to keep it simple. I placed my camera on top of a printer box I sat atop a stool in the kitchen next to the table, and proceeded to ACT A FOOL.
Since I didn’t know the words to the song completely – I had only just written and recorded it that day – I decided not to try and mouth words, but use my actions to (hopefully) match the words of the song. Combine that with some out-of-date dance moves (Hammer Time!) and moving arm gestures, and voila! – instant video!
WHY I’M POSTING THIS ON A THURSDAY:
After I was done with the video, I placed it on YouTube. I like for my videos to get views, and the page on this site where the “Obama Milli Remix Page” is, continues to get high views. So, I placed the video/song atop all the pages with “Obama Milli” on it.
Lo and behold: while going out and about doing business today, my roommate/best friend from college keeps calling my phone. I call him once I get home, at which point he tells me that the song has been posted on www.worldstarhiphop.com, a respected Hip-hop site who, during the summer, had also placed up my “Obama Milli” song.
I go to inspect this myself – yep, it was up there – and also look up the YouTube accounts I placed it on, both of which have a stream of viewers for the song (250 at the aptsongs account, over 600 and counting at the aptistheman account). I also looked on the account I have where I have my songs available for FREE download – over 43 downloads and counting.
Not too bad, considering the song’s been up for ONE day!
However, I hadn’t even considered adding this video to my “One-Song-a-Week” collection because (a) the video was REAL simple, and (b) it’s not Sunday.
At the same time, though, that saying of “striking while the iron’s hot” rings true. If people were singing the song I sampled for mine, both during Inauguration AND on the night Obama got elected (thanks for the word on that, B.C.!), and I have a song out now with that same sample in relation to Bush, I HAVE to release it while his name is still in the papers.
And, since I have a video related to all of that, I have to release it now and add it to the collection. Plus, it’s already gotten more views in one day than some of my other videos have in the weeks they’ve been released – must mean I have a hit on my hands again!
Oh yeah – I also went back and re-mixed it so the vocals sound clearer. For purposes of advertising that I have other material available, I also added some promo-stuff for “The Great Black Hope” onto the end of the song so people will think, “Wow, I should really buy this guy’s stuff!” Gotta think of it like a business, people!!
That’s all for now – yes, there will still be a video Sunday! See ya then!