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Well, I did it.

Last year, on Sunday, May 25, 2008, I was living in Atlanta, pondering where my life was going.  I had moved to Georgia in the hopes of expanding my musical fan base – okay, of GETTING a musical fan base – and, a year-and-a-half later, I found myself not making any progress, working at a restaurant with good friends (and food) that was nevertheless NOT something I wanted to do.

And so, after another afternoon of work, I went straight home. I could have gone and hung out somewhere, but I had other things on my mind…

About a week or two prior, I had been surfing online and came across a guy named Jonothan Coultran.  He was an ex-engineer turned touring musician who had created a fan base for his quirky rock songs by posting up a song each week for a whole year. His fifth song, a guitar remake of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” had helped him in reaching a wider audience, with radio stations playing the song all over the country for a decent amount of weeks.

I read about this, and thought to myself, “That’s not a bad idea. I could do that. I could do that!”

The question, though, was how I would post my songs. I could start a website, I thought, but how would people even know where to find/download the songs? I already had a MySpace account, but there were already millions of people putting music on those that were getting NO WHERE.

Then, I hit upon an idea: what if, instead of just posting up a song, I posted up a video for the songs as well? That way, people would have a visual element of me to go along with my vocal element, and I could, in time, grow a fan base of people to download/buy my music?

GENIUS!

So, on that fateful Sunday, I headed back home and got to work. I opened up this website, and posted my first video – a song called “Erectile Dysfunction,” a parody of Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction” that I had posted a video for back in December of 2007. When I started the site, it was about 10 minutes before midnight, the start of Monday. In those 10 minutes, I started to think about what starting this site, and this project in general, would mean:

* Was I REALLY about to commit to a year’s worth of videos?
* Would I even be able to come up with a minimum of 52 different concepts?
* What if I got too busy, or moved, or someone died – would I still post up a video on that week’s Sunday, or would I give myself some leeway and say, “eh, I’ll make it up next week?”
* And – most importantly – would it work? Would doing these videos REALLY help give me the exposure I wanted?

After thinking about it for 5 minutes, I said to myself: “Y’know what? Let’s do it! I don’t know if I’ll be able to post a video up each week, but I’m certainly up to the challenge.”

And with that, I posted my first video, with 5 minutes left to spare. From then on, it was all systems go…

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As I lie here on my futon in my bedroom, from my apartment in sunny California, I think back to the day I started this journey. And it still amazes me all that happened…

By now, those of you who have followed my story know what happened, but for those of you stopping here for the first time, I’ll summarize:


Above: The video for song #5, A.P.T.’s Lil’ Wayne “A Milli” Parody, “Obama Obama” (re-dubbed “Obama Milli Remix by the public).

I created a parody of Lil’ Wayne’s infectious “A Milli” song, “O-bama Milli Remix.” The song was turned into a summary of all things Obama, with the background words “A Milli” replaced with “Obama”‘s instead. I thought of it while walking around at work one day waiting for customers to come in, and I burst out laughing.

I wasn’t even going to make it into a song because I couldn’t find the beat without the words “A Milli” being said in the background, but I used my Fruity Loops music program to remake the beat. Then, using my H2 Zoom talk radio mic, I recorded myself saying “Obama” 12 times, then cut and paste it through the rest of the song. Then, after spending 2 days writing the song and figuring out how to flow on it like Lil’ Wayne, I recorded my verses and did a final mix-down. That Saturday, I recorded the video, and posted it on YouTube that Sunday.

When I posted the video, I placed it on my Facebook wall, as well as the walls of some of my friends, most of whom went to college with me and were familiar with my parodying of songs since I used to do it for my phone message machine Freshman year. (And Sophomore year, and junior year…) I also sent it to a few of them via e-mail. From then on, I didn’t think too much about it…

…until I noticed that it was getting quite a few views on YouTube. In the first 2 days it received about 100 views, which was impressive to me at the time. I figured the video would die down after a few days like my other ones had.

Boy, was I wrong.

Over 10,000,000 video views  (thanks, in large part, to the number of re-postings of the song on other people’s YouTube & MySpace accounts), and countless world-wide radio plays later, it amazes me how I wasn’t able to see this coming. Part of it was probably because people told me I couldn’t sell the type of songs I do – namely, funny songs and parodies – to the public. I think they thought that was reserved for white people like Weird Al or something.

Regardless of what I thought at the time, though, the song WAS very successful. No, I didn’t get a lot of money from it since I didn’t know how to get it to iTunes, Amazon, or any of those other sites until recently (though, amazingly, I AM making money from it now, despite the song being 11 months old). And yes, there were people out there who tried to take my song and claim it as their own (Industry rule #4080: industry people are SHA-DY!!).

The reason I wasn’t too mad about any of it, though, was because the song helped me do what it was I wanted the project to do: (a) shine a light on my writing skills, (b) get a song of mine on the radio, and (b) give me enough exposure to help get me to “the next step,” whatever it may be.

Don’t get it twisted, though. There are still times when I look back and think: “Man… if only I had done this, or done that, I could have really capitalized off the song, gone touring, and other stuff.” I think everyone who’s had what I called “unexpected success” has that feeling, especially when they finally learn about the ways in which they COULD have done something better. At the same time, though, had I not gone about doing this whole project the way I did it, I may not have even been here in Cali right now.

Who knows what would have happened if I actually HAD gotten the fame and accolades that normally come with having a hit song? I might have gone on tour for a bit, but I could have ended up being a “One-Hit-Wonder”. I mean, I still COULD end up being that; however, I would have started doing shows and forgotten about doing a video each week, meaning I wouldn’t have had the motivation to train my brain each week to come up with video scenarios, practice my directing skills, and other things needed to really function out here in California. By NOT getting those accolades, I basically had no choice but to put myself through film school for a year, teaching myself each week how to edit, light a “set,” use certain computer programs… it’s really all in how you look at it!

Now that the project is complete, what are my final thoughts? What have I learned from doing all these videos?

1. TRULY, EXCUSES ARE LIKE @$$HOLES: THEY ALL STINK.

What I mean by the above statement is this: Back in the day, when I’d hear someone give me an excuse for anything, I’d take it at face value. Now, though, I realize that, if someone truly WANTS to do something, they’ll figure out a way to do it, no matter what.

I managed to make a video and post it up EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY for 52-weeks in a row. If I was sick, I’d put up a video. If I had to go out of town, I’d put up a video. If I moved – and I moved TWICE in the last year – I’d put up a video. If my computer crashed, slowed down, or – in one freak incident – the cord stopped working, I’d managed to get it fixed by Sunday… IN TIME TO POST UP A VIDEO.

So now, when people give me an excuse, or try to flake out on me, or say, “gee, I know I said I’d do this, but I just can’t”… to me, it’s B.S. Of course, I don’t TELL them that, but I’m definitely thinking to myself: “this excuse wouldn’t even be spoken if they WANTED to do it!”

2. STICKING TO A COMMITMENT CAN BE TOUGH AT TIMES… BUT IT’S WORTH IT.

I cannot begin to think of all the times I wanted to quit doing this project.

Sure, it was fun – especially once I had a hit video that everyone and their Mom wanted to here – but not every week was a walk in the park. There were times when I couldn’t think of a video concept until the last minute, or people who agreed to help with a video would pull out at the last minute. Not to mention the times I had to work on Sunday and stayed up all night Saturday editing a video, or spent 9 hours editing a video because my slow-as-molasses PC couldn’t handle the large amount of memory my videos was asking it to handle.

But, even when going through all those tough times, there was always a part of me that said, “You’ve made the commitment, and you’ve got to make it work.” And, regardless of how much agony I was going through to make some of those videos, I was always happy at the end simply because I was able to post the video and follow through on the commitment I had made.

3. WORKING BY ONE’S SELF CAN BE PROGRESSIVE… BUT THINGS MOVE QUICKER IF OTHERS ARE INVOLVED.

As much as I liked making videos by myself, I learned that having others to help you out can certainly take the load off.

Now that I’m in Cali, I’m making new videos for another site I’m working on. Because I don’t have to do everything, I’m more relaxed and able to focus on the parts I’m good at. The camera work, business aspects and negotiation parts are handled by others, while the creative aspect is handled by me.

I used to think that I could get famous on my own, or make a lot of money by doing it all by myself. And I still believe that. I just believe that it would take LONGER, and working with others is a better way to get money FASTER.

4. WHEN I DO FINALLY GET RICH, I AIN’T TELLIN’ NOOOOO-BODY.

I didn’t get rich off the “Obama Milli Remix” song. What I DID get, though, was people contacting me that I hadn’t heard from in YEARS.

Some of the messages I got was to congratulate me on my success, and to them I’m grateful. However, some people sent those “hey, when u make it big, don’t forget about me” messages that really piss me off. I’m like, “I’m sorry, but aren’t y’all the same people who wouldn’t return my Facebook/MySpace/Hotmail messages BEFORE the song came out??”

With that said, I’ve learned that the vultures are out, and it’s probably best to keep the number of any large amounts of money I make to myself. Heck, I’ll probably end up dressing worse than I do now and driving a bummy-looking car just to throw off the gold-diggers!

And, most importantly…

5. THE EASIEST WAY TO SUCCESS IS TO “LET GO AND LET GOD.”

I grew up in a family that was (and still is) heavily involved in church. Like any kid, I absolutely HATED going to church (and I still do – it’s the whole “public displaying of praying” I hate. Like, why do I have to put on a show for others to prove I have a relationship with God?).

However, I’ve always believed that God would take care of me, no matter what I was going through, and that He would be the one to lead me towards the successes I needed to have. What’s funny to me is, most people who go to church worry from day-to-day about how, if, or when they’ll be able to achieve their goals, or if they are even possible. Me, I don’t go to church (momentarily – still looking for a church in CA), yet probably live more by faith than any church-goer I know.

Think about this: I’ve been trying to figure out how to afford to move to California for-EVER. Who else but GOD could have allowed my song to get as big as it did, have the video/song go worldwide, have it get noticed by people out in Cali who just HAPPEN to be doing projects of their own, and make things happen so that I end up in Cali so I can further expand upon my success??

Bottom line: if you don’t have faith in GOD and faith in yourself, you’ll never be successful. God wants his people to be successful, but if a person isn’t willing to let go of their worries and be mindful that God is doing his half (so long as you’re doing yours), there’s no reason for him to help you.

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And that’s it! The project is done. So, what’s up next? I can’t say too much just yet, but all will be revealed soon….

In conclusion, though, I am so grateful for all the experiences I had in the past year, and I’m glad I have a time-capsule of videos documenting various periods in that year. And to all those that helped out with my videos and songs in anyway, your friendships and extended hands were, and still are, truly appreciated!

-A.P.T.

Twitter.com/APTsongs


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!
http://www.zshare.net/video/5453399977ea009e

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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”: https://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.

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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

 

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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:

The O-bama Mixtape

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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 – https://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:

Intro:
A.P.T.!

Yeah I’m goin’ in…

Verse 1:
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…

Verse 2:
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…

Verse 3:
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 –
He’s black
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
That’s real….

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!

http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=6da8634e9abbf4b5762aed&skin_id=701&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=text_url

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!

-A.P.T.

If I haven’t said it enough already, thanks to everybody who’s downloaded “The O-Bama Mixtape” so far!!

As of now it’s been downloaded over 300 times, and – seeing as this is the age of bootlegging – I’m sure it’s been copied, given out to friends and/or uploaded to P2P sites by now.  Just like I wanted!!

If you think the mixtape is good, just WAIT until you hear the album!! I can’t give the title away yet (until I get my songs for it copyrighted – after all, people LOVE stealing good ideas), but it comes out August 24th, and it’s going to be HOT!!

Okay, so my original plan for the album was to make all the beats myself… but honestly, I’m in more of a mode these days to write songs and let others focus on the beats.  Luckily, I always think ahead, and made a LOT of beats back in the days when I still felt like making them, so I have a plethora of them to choose from for the album.

Still, though, I wanted to expand my range and get other sounds on the LP.  My productions are great, but I don’t have all the fancy-smanshy high-end equipment that other producers have.  To that end, I have found other sources of beats whereby I can lease the beats I want to use.  This is different from owning a beat exclusively, as the original beat-maker will still be able to sell the beat.  The upside is that I can lease the beat for relatively cheap ($25 – $50 for most) as opposed to paying a LOT for an exclusive right to a beat ($100 – $1500 or HIGHER). 

Some people might think, “Geez, A.P.T., why not just own the beat exclusively so others can’t use it?” Easy: again, we live in the age of bootlegging, where other people are going to steal it anyway.  I didn’t even release the instrumental version of “Obama, Obama,” yet lo and behold, people managed to download it, slice out the “Obama” vocal, re-make the beat and make their own song anyway!! (I see you, Tyga – nice job on MY beat!!) Heck, I used other people’s beats for MY mixtape – even if that other person couldn’t sell their version of song, they could still get famous off it, so why spend all that money!??

Speaking of money: there are a LOT of beats I’ve found that I want to use, but at the moment I only have enough money to pay my rent, my phone, and my internet bills.  At this point in my life, though, I don’t let problems like not having money stop me from doing what I’m doing.  To that end, I already have a person who said they’d do my graphics for FREE (in exchange for name exposure – not a problem at all!), and I got financing for the beats that aren’t mine that I want to use on the album.

The LP itself is mostly done, but I’m going to re-record a few things so they sound good, and record some newer songs, too.  All in all, the album will probably have 12 or 13 songs on it.  I used to think this wasn’t enough songs, but I’ve bought many albums where they ran close to an hour and 20 minutes, and it seemed too long.  I only want a hour of your time, people – after that, you can play me over and over again until the next set of songs comes out!

Lastly: my video for this week.  Actually, it’s already up on my YouTube site, but I’m reposting it because (a) I put it up before I started this site, so it hasnt’ gotten much attention, and (b) it’s a song that’s on my mixtape, so it makes for good advertising.  I was tempted to place 2 videos up, but I’m trying to keep with my original mantra of one song/video a week (which is actually getting HARDER now that I’ve got all these video ideas floating around). 

I’ve already started next week’s video, and after that I’ll start putting up videos for songs that will be on my official album so I can get people excited about it.

That’s all for now – it’s hot in my apartment, and I think I need some fresh air.  See y’all on Sunday!!

-A.P.T.

E-mail: aptsongs@hotmail.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/notoriousapt