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Today’s music video is for the song “C. U. N.ext T.uesday,” from my newest album, “The Obama Milli Remix Guy Strikes Back!” (Produced by T. Whistle)

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INSIGHT INTO A SONG

Back in April, we had a new person come to live with us.  His name is Terry, and he produces beats.

I should re-phrase that last part: he doesn’t just produce beats, he creates AUDIO MASTERPIECES.  I mean, the beats this dude can create are absolutely OUTSTANDING – everything from rock to techno, hip-hop, sample remixing, the works.  Everything down to the smallest detail is included in his beats, and he’s consistently cranking out bangers everyday.

With all that said: I was still working on my album when he first came here, and at the time I thought I had all the song ideas for it that I wanted.  I remember going to Las Vegas for the weekend to visit my Aunt and Uncle (and this girl I was seeing at the time); and when I came back I got home, went to bed, woke up the next morning, and Terry was in the living room playing back a song he had worked on the day before.

The song had no title, but his verses had been inspired by an ex-girlfriend who had called him the day before.  It was a verse talking about being angry, calling her various names, and other things that one feels when a girl has done various wrongs to them.  He had split his 16-bars into two verses, both followed by a chorus, and then…. nothing.

Yes, there was an entire 16-bar section left with no one on it.  I believe he had asked Joe, my other roommate, to be on it, but he had suggested that I may be a better fit for the song.

I listened to his verse one time – ONE time – and was instantly inspired to write something.

I found a pen as fast as I could, and just started to write some of the craziest, most profane stuff I could think of.  Granted, when it comes to rapping I don’t usually like to use too many curse words – after all, I’d like my Mom to be able to hear these songs should I decide to make a video for them.

At the same time, though, I have felt similar emotions to what Terry had spit during his verse.  When someone does you wrong, or cheats on you, or breaks up with you, the LAST thing you want to feel is happy, upbeat rational.  And, usually, you feel like cussing the other person out.  Thus, giving me an excuse to use bad language in this song.

As for the stuff I wrote about?  I can’t even quote it here – you’ll just have to watch the video!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. The song is only 2 minutes and 37 seconds long, yet was probably one of the longer recording sessions I’ve done.  When I’m recording by myself I usually do just a few takes for layers purposes; with this one, though, Terry had me saying my verse over and over again, at least a good 10 to 15 times.  We also had the song professionally mixed by a friend of his – this is one of the more polished-sounding songs currently in my catalog!

2. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the title!  Well, back in 2004 I recorded an album called “This is ONLY a Demo.”  That album had a song on it called “C.U.Next.Tuesday” as well – it was a song where I tied a girl up to a chair, cried my eyes out to her about how I thought we were going to be together (before she chose someone else instead), then killed both of us off before the cops arrive.  However, I couldn’t actually sell that song since I didn’t own the beat, and the song sounded kinda pathetic to me now that I’m no longer such a wussy guy.  But, I figured it would be a GREAT title for this song since, once again, we’re dissing ex-girls.  I’m assuming you can figure out what the acronym of the title is…

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT

After we recorded the song in April, we figured we should shoot a video for it.  I believe we started shooting it the very next day.

The idea was to make it a very simple, yet stylized video.  We shot our parts in front of a green screen, in different outfits, and at different angles (close-up shots, farther shots).  After we shot a few segments for it I began the process of editing it.

And then, life got in the way.

Specifically, there were special events and other opportunities coming up that warranted me making videos for other songs that would get me more attention and/or money at the time.  First, I had to make a video for “The Betty White Song (I’m Makin’ Moves)” because Betty White was hosting SNL in early May.  Then, I connected up with the Mixdown crew at KJLH to make a song for their NO U AINT shirts called – what else? – “No U Aint.” THEN, I figured I needed to make a remix version of THAT song for the Lakers since they were in the finals, which meant making a video for “No U Aint (Lakers Anthem Version)” as well. (Which was a GREAT idea, as it’s now the #2-selling Lakers-theme song on iTunes!)

In the midst of all this, I got the idea to make the “C.U.N.ext T.uesday” video not just something flashy-looking, but something with a plot as well.  I decided it would be a good idea to make it a video where the ex-girlfriend being talked about in the video comes home to watch TV, only to discover our song in different video forms being played on every channel she turns to.

The hardest part was finding girls to stop by and help us out.  We had some girls who came by to hang out but didn’t think they were dressed appropriately, while others were camera shy.  Our neighbor upstairs volunteered to help us, but at times either she ended up being busy or tired, or I’d be out and about filming other things around town.

Ironically, while the hardest part was trying to get girls we knew very well to help us, the girls that ended up being in the video are girls we had NEVER met before that night.  Another rapper friend of ours stopped by with the two lovely ladies… but it was around 12 AM in the morning.  By 2 AM I was doing all I could to stay awake, and I was about to go to bed when I thought to myself:

“Hey, wait a minute… there are two girls over there, and we could use two girls for the video…”

I asked them if they’d be willing to shoot a part for the video, and they said “yes” without hesitation.  Now THAT’S the kind of people I like to work with!

And so it was that, at 2 AM in the morning, we shot two girls reacting to the stuff they’d be seeing us do on-screen.  After that, all the shots for the video were complete…

NOT!

Oh no, we weren’t done just yet!  The shots of ourselves we’d taken back in April were great, except for ONE small problem – they were ALL green screen.  I thought it would be nice to get a couple of location shots to boot.  Terry and I had found a nice closed-in alleyway with graffiti on its walls while attending another video shoot one day.  We went back to it one afternoon and took some solo and group performance shots just as the sun was starting to set.  A couple of days later while riding in the car, I got the brilliant idea of taking the camera out and taking some more footage of us performing the song.

All of this, and I haven’t even talked about the editing yet!

To make it short: I didn’t just want each scene to be us in front with the green background having the only effect placed on it.  When you look at the video, you’ll notice shots where just the background is changed, while other shots have the background AND us with a video effect.  Even with the shot of us in the car, I made it look like a moving half-real/half-cartoon hybrid.  Definitely adds some interesting flavor to the video!

Overall, this is one of the most ambitious videos I’ve ever edited or put together for ANYONE.  I think part of it was Terry’s insistence that this video be a true representation of how good our stuff is, as opposed to just “throwing something out there.”  I don’t know how many views it will end up getting, but I’m definitely proud of the product – both song-wise and video-wise – that have been put together!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. The day we shot the graffiti wall footage, I had a date I was supposed to be at 30 minutes after filming.  My biggest worry was not sweating too hard when I did my takes because I didn’t want to smell bad.  We got all of our shots and then drove as fast as we could to get me to the movie theater on time… and it turned out to be the wrong theater.  And it was closed.  And, when I called my date, it turns out the theater we were SUPPOSED to go to was ALSO closed.

2. All of the video effects used are built in to the Final Cut Pro 7 program.  So no, I am not a graphic designer – I just know how to make stuff look cool!

3. To make us look like our video was on TV, I shot 3 minutes of still camera facing towards a TV.  Then, I had to take a picture of a blank black color off the net and paste it onto where the glass of the TV was.  THEN, I had to paste our videos over top of that. It’s all about layering, people!

4. While filming the car scenes, there were a few cars who drove along side us and were just staring at us.  What, they haven’t seen anyone filming a music video in a car before?!?

5. There is a background used where T. Whistle and I are in black-and-white and it looks like a barrage of red kaleidoscopic things are happening in the background.  That’s actually a picture of a brick wall that I remixed into something funky-looking!

6. T. Whistle has one of his shots with a “C U Next Tuesday” banner in the background.  That’s actually the banner for an online women’s lingerie company with the same name.  Who knew?

7. In the first part of T. Whistle’s second verse he says “Do I look like NORBIT, ’cause I think you is Rasputa.”  Both characters are from the film “Norbit,” and he thought it would be a good idea to show mini-flashes of them at the parts where he said their names.

8. Oh yeah – the beginning “warning” text is an ode to South Park (my favorite show)… and also a warning to my Mom to NOT watch this video.  She doesn’t like to hear cussing (and yet, for some reason blood, guts, fighting and violence doesn’t bug her at all!).

That’s all for now – enjoy the video! You can get the song off my new album, “The Obama Milli Remix Guy Strikes Back,” which you can get HERE!

-A.P.T.

This week’s song/music video is for “It’s Over,” written and produced by me!

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INSIGHT INTO A SONG

Aside from doing music, I am also a big studier of human relationships. Specifically, why and how people meet and fall in and/or out of love.

This studying stems from my own attempts at relationships throughout my high school and college years, where I was constantly trying to figure out how seemingly every guy out there BUT me was able to get girls to like them. I’d have a few girls here and there show interest in me, but then, unbeknown to me, they’d no longer be interested in pursuing a relationship.

Of course, they wouldn’t come out and SAY they weren’t interested. Instead, they would not show up for dates, not return my phone calls, or pass by me without saying a word. I didn’t understand why this was happening, so I decided to find out. I looked up men’s dating advice tips in books and online, and eventually discovered what I was doing wrong: I was being needy, pestering, and trying to give too much of myself too soon.

One of the advantages of knowing all this stuff is that I can now tell when a relationship is either going great, is starting to end, or never was there to begin with. Personally, I’d rather cut my losses early instead of having false hope about it working out with a girl and still trying to pursue it when her interest is no longer there.

It is in this spirit that I wrote this week’s song, “It’s Over.” The song actually stemmed from a conversation I had with a friend of mine a few months back. We were talking about some of the people we went to college with, and… well, I don’t want to give too much of the conversation away, but I will say this: some of the girls we went to school with made TERRIBLE decisions about the guys they decided to pursue. Amazingly, despite the emotional crap these girls allowed these guys put them through, many of them are STILL chasing after them!

The reason? They’re stupid. Oh, and they also aren’t able to tell themselves that the relationship they want just isn’t happening. But mostly, they’re stupid.

After the conversation, though, I realized that I, too, use to be one of those “stupid” people who wouldn’t face the reality that a girl just wasn’t interested in me. So, for the benefit of others who are as stupid as I used to be, I made this song!

The song is divided into two parts. The first verse is a shout-out to all the guys who can’t realize when the girl they’re dating no longer wants to see them. I give the guys examples of the girl’s disinterest, such as cancelling dates, not calling them, hanging out more with her friends, and so on. The second verse is a shout-out to all the girls who also can’t realize when a guy no longer wants them. Examples include: him hitting on other girls; only calling her for sex; and other surprises that you’ll have to hear.

As with many of my songs, the examples are based on real life; The “guy” I’m talking to in the first verse is the stupid version of myself, while the second verse is based on info I heard about a former schoolmate of mine that I wish I could talk to about her situation. All in all, both these experiences made for good song material!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

(1) Um… I think I gave most of them away in the previous paragraph! Oh wait, here’s one: I’ve gone through most of the situations talked about in the “guy” verse. Minus the crying on the bathroom floor – I’d cry in a much better place than THAT!

(2) I made the beat to this song! In the chorus, you’ll notice the high-rising notes that sound similar to the one used in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The sound is supposed to be the “awakening of knowledge” sound, as in, the person hearing this song is, hopefully, having their eyes opened to the fact that the person they’re after does NOT want them!

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO:

You’d be amazed at how many different video ideas I have for just ONE song.

My original idea for the video was to be walking down the street singing the song as though I’m talking to someone. I even filmed that version while walking to the barber one day. But, I decided to use that idea for another song instead.

My second idea was to film both scenarios being played out by different people.  In other words, I’d film the first part using myself, and play out the different things I talk about in the song’s first vers;, I’d film the second part using a girl acting out the scenarios in the second verse.  Unfortunately, I have often found it difficult to schedule other people for film times, especially since I think of most video ideas at the spur of the moment.  I’m getting better at planning ahead, so hopefully I’ll have other people starring in my videos soon!

But, this past week, I was inspired to do a third video idea. This time, I’m a pod caster who gives out relationship advice on his own station, WAPT (catchy name, ain’t it?)

Then, I was going to shoot the video in the empty apartment above mine, to give viewers a different atmosphere than just my apartment, which I use quite often.

However, I woke up at 3 in the morning a few days ago, and thought: “Wouldn’t it be funny if I just filmed the whole thing in my bathroom, with the excuse being that I get better sound pod casting in there than I do in my regular apartment space??” So, that’s what I did – I rolled out of bed a few minutes later and filmed the whole thing in 2 hours, then went back to sleep for 4 more hours!

Some Interesting Video Tidbits:

(1) Since I’m a relationship advice radio guy in the video, I thought it would be cool to have people call me up asking for advice. This turned out to be the most nerve-racking part of the shoot, as it forces me to rely on outside help for the video.

You’d be surprised at how many people I have to ask to do something as simple as an online video. Some of them are camera-shy, and don’t want their image to be broadcast to the world. Still, others are worried about how their voice might sound, and won’t do something as simple as call my phone to leave a message!! Like, who’s going to see my video and say, “Gee, that sounds like Becky – man, does she sound stupid!!”

With that said, I was able to get my oh-so-helpful brother to be the guy caller. Even then, I like to do things on my time, and I actually shot the video before he called me; I had to cut-and-paste his voice in during post-production. Meanwhile, I couldn’t find a girl to call my phone, so I just used my own voice. In retrospect, I could have asked one of my friends in DC to help, but I want to spread out how much I use them, especially since one of them did vocals for two of my upcoming songs…

(2) My bathroom is SMALL. I live in a studio, and as such I had to record the scenes with me in a “closed” bathroom with my door open. Luckily, I was able to angle it so it looks like I’m still in an enclosed space!

(3) In the video, there are various cuts and splices, as there are with most videos. However, the parts in the video where there are long stretches of the same shot are what I call the “emphasis” points. For most of the chorus I don’t cut to other shots because I’m trying to emphasize to the person being focused on in the verse before that their relationship is OVER.

(4) Estimated edit time: I have no idea. I started yesterday afternoon and worked on it for about 2 hours before I went out to eat, then came back home and edited while watching TV, then edited this morning while watching church on TV. I’d say somewhere around 7 or 8 hours sounds right, but I have no idea!!

(5) Lastly, this whole scenario in the video – me being a radio guy – is partially a shout-out to the radio stations that have been playing my “Obama, Obama” song.  In the last week I’ve gotten messages from a LOT of people in different states saying they either heard the song, or – in the case of the radio DJs themselves – had played the song.  So, THANK YOU RADIO DJS, YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

That’s all for now – enjoy the video, and I’ll see you next week!

-A.P.T.

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This week’s song/video is called “Shout Out 2 My Big Girls (a.k.a. Big Girls Need Love, Too)!”

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INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

5 years ago, when 50 Cent burst onto the music scene and became really popular, him and Lil’ Kim had this song out called “Magic Stick.”  I wanted to write a parody of the song (since I’ve always been a HUGE Weird Al Yankovic fan), and thought it would be funny to do a song called “Fattest Chick” (with the chorus being, “I date the fattest chick/take her out to eat once, she wants to eat twice…” and so on).

I took the 50 cent beat and made a freestyle to it – in fact, the entire first verse of this song is that freestyle verbatim, except for the last line – and was going to make a whole song out of it… but the CD I recorded the beat on started skipping, and I couldn’t find where I got the beat from, so I said “Screw it” and saved the freestyle as is, without any plans to release it.

Fast-forward 5 years (wow, that’s a LONG time):

In the course of my dating life, I’ve noticed that the majority of the girls I end up dating or having crushes on were those with a lil’ meat on the bones.  I don’t know why this is, but skinny girls, while attractive, are nothing in comparison to a big girl that knows how to accessories properly – and, they can usually cook, and I can eat a LOT, thanks to my high metabolism.

So, when I started making songs again, I decided to see if I could re-use the song I made for parody, and turn it into a REAL song.  When I was in college and went to parties, there was always a portion of the night where they would play this song called “Watch Out for the Big Girl,” and all the big girls in the club would dance to that song HARD, like it was their anthem or something!

Only problem was – those were the only words to the song!  And frankly, I found it kind of insulting – like, what, we’re supposed to watch out for her like she’s going to (a) run us over or (b) eat us??  What kind of B.S. is THAT?!?

So, I decided that I, too, wanted to make a big girls’ anthem, one that would allow me to use some humor yet also point out what I like about big girls.

Incidentally, the first line of the song – “Big girls need loooove, too/so if you’re a big girl, I loooooove you” – has been in my head for almost 6 years.  I just like the way it sounds, and encompasses what the rest of the song is about 🙂

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:

This video was actually recorded prior to the start of this “One-Song-A-Week” project.  I had discovered a couple of weeks prior that I could make videos on my PC laptop via Windows Media Maker, and wanted to practice making a video I could then edit in the program.

Since I had just recorded this song, I figured I would do a video to this one.  I filmed it using my Kodak 6.1 Megapixel camera, and kept it real simple: a bunch of shots of me mouthing the words and/or dancing around in my studio apartment.  Edit in a few cool colors and transitions, along with some pics of celebrity big girls I find to be particularly attractive, and BOOM – instant video!

Also: I got the glasses from the Kanye West concert.  He came down to Atlanta on May 4th, and when I saw them, I knew I had to get them and use them at some point for a video.  Plus, they were the cheapest souveigneer available – and they were $10!

That’s all for now – see you next week!

-A.P.T.

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This week’s song/video is called “Erectile Dysfunction” (A Parody of Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction”) – Appeared on “The O-bama Mixtape!”

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INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

Last December, Snoop Dogg released his song, “Sensual Seduction,” and after one listen, I KNEW this song would be ripe for a parody!  After taking two days to figure out what I could use as subject matter that would sound close to the phonetics of the original song, I suddenly thought of “Erectile Dysfunction” and burst out laughing!

Clearly, this was a good idea to run with.

I recorded it and wanted to get the song out there, but I had two problems: one, I didn’t have time to put a REAL video together because it was around Christmas and staying with family; and two, I wasn’t too familiar with any free MP3 download sites.  So, I found a bunch of pictures online, pasted them and put them together on www.onetruemedia.com, loaded up the music and made a crappy-ass video for the song, figuring it wouldn’t get much play, but I could at least send it out to my friends via youtube.

Imagine my surprise when, one day after putting it on youtube, it had 120 views – and I hadn’t even told anyone about the song yet!

5 months later, the song just passed the 10,000 view mark.  My brother’s girlfriend’s brother, who goes to VCU, said it was the #1 downloaded song at his school – odd, given that I didn’t give a link address for the download of the song until last month.  Guess someone must have recorded it and sent it around – and I couldn’t be happier about it!

So, enjoy the song! Come back next week for another song, courtesy of me!

-A.P.T.

*UPDATE: After the project ended, I started working on another website featuring a character named Non Juan, a puppet who is terrible at getting ladies to date him.  One of the music videos we shot for him was a remake of “Erectile Dysfunction” recorded in his voice.  This is the video that now takes the place of the original video which, as you may recall, was very, very crappy.  Enjoy!” – A.P.T., May 18, 2010.*

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