Tag Archive: spoof


Hey everybody!

As far as I know, the songs from my NEW album, “The O-Bama Mixtape II: Vote Obama Style” are selling! I won’t know until next month what the sales are for September (all monies I make off my songs are reported 45 days out – grrrr!), but I DO know that people are buying my stuff.  It’s a GREAT time to have anything election-related out, especially as it pertains to Obama, and I already know that election week is going to be HUGE for me in terms of music sales and video views.

With that said, I do have ONE more Obama-themed parody I have to put out.  It’s the last song I recorded for the album, and one I feel will be a perfect note to end on in terms of me doing any more Obama-related songs. Call it my last hurrah if you will (unless, of course, I think of a new song some time between Monday and the election).  It’s a spoofing of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” called “I’m Never Ever Gonna Vote for Romney!”

I had a few ideas for how I wanted to do the video, but in the end I decided to keep it fairly simple. It’s going to be me, in front of a green screen, acting silly while singing the song. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, trust me when I say this is FAR from a detailed explanation of what I’m going to do for the video. TRUST, the video will be hilarious, up-t0-date, and share-worthy!

After that, I have a couple more songs I need to do for songs that have proven to be popular from the album – one for “Your Mama is So Ugly” and one for “I Wanna Do Nicki Minaj.” Plus, I’ll be re-releasing “Christmas in Paris (Jay-Z/Kanye Parody)” on November 1 to get everyone ready for the holidays!

That’s all for now – see you guys on Monday with my NEW video!!

-A.P.T.

Today’s music insight is for my new video “Black President,” a parody of Tyga’s “Rack City.”

DOWNLOAD NOW: iTunes or Soundcloud

INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

In 2008… geez, how many times have I told this story on this site?? Look, just click on the “Obama Milli Remix” link at the top of the page for the full story.

Anyway, the “Obama Milli Remix” song was a huge success. Back then, I knew there’d be an election coming up in 4 years, which would mean Obama would be running for re-election.  I didn’t know if I’d be making any more Obama-related parodies… okay, let’s be real: I knew I’d make some more – heck, I made a decent amount of money off the sales from the first song I did – but I didn’t want to make songs that would feel forced.

Fast-forward to January 2012. New year, new songs out that are banging. Right now one of the more popular rap songs out is Tyga’s “Rack City,” a song with an infectious-yet-simple beat and a chorus that is instantly singable.  I’ve had some beef with Tyga for a while now – mostly ’cause he took the remade “A Milli” beat I made with my voice singing “O-bama O-bama” on it and made his own Obama song without my permission OR recognition – but just ’cause I don’t like him personally doesn’t mean I can’t admit when he makes a good song.

So, while I didn’t want the parody I made to be with one of his songs… well, it’s in the top 10 on Billboard and it’s catchy, so I did it anyway!

Plus, the song just came to me so easily. I was walkin’ around singing the “Rack City” part of the chorus, and just started singing “Black President, Black – Black President.” It fit so well, and I knew at that point I had a song.

It’s a short song – only 2 minutes and 37 seconds long – so I didn’t have to write too much. With the previous song I had to think up 3 verses worth of material dealing with him running for office; this one was easier because all I had to do was pull from various things he’s gone through as President, in only 2 verses. The rhyme pattern on this one was also much, MUCH simpler than the one for “A Milli” was; with the latter I had to practice non-stop to get it, whereas this one has more of a straight flow to it.

Despite the easiness of writing the song, recording it was a biznich.  I’m much more particular these days about how my songs sound when I record them, so I’m always critiquing my recordings for little mistakes here and there. I didn’t want to double-up my voice on the verses or make it sound like there were any pauses in recording, which meant I had to do the main recording line of the song in one take. The main problem ended up being with my microphone – specifically, it’s so powerful that it can pick up little noises, including the humming sound coming from my laptop motor.  It took me forever to figure out how to create a sound barrier that would significantly lessen the sound coming from it. (Note: I still need to buy a longer reach for my microphone and build a full-on soundproof box to place it in for when I record.)

Once I finally got it right, I turned up the automatic tuning on my voice (to make it sound somewhat auto-tuned) and voila! Song complete!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. A few lines in the song got changed last minute. For example, I had the line: “Two kids, heck no he ain’t celibate” to match the line in Tyga’s song: “F–kin’ all night, n!@@a we ain’t celibate.” It got changed to me rapping about how Michelle Obama could “Knock your lights out, you don’t wanna take a hit (Pow!)”. I changed it mostly ’cause the first line I had written sounded awkward.  I also did a major retooling of the last 4 lines of verse two – originally I had the lines: “Oh, man, what do I do? Killed Osama and we still not cool…” etc. However, I’m a stickler with trying to rhyme as many of the words with words that were in the original song, and “do” and “cool” don’t rhyme with “racks” and “bad”.

2. The lines in the song about Obama visiting Roscoe’s chicken and waffles was a last-minute addition. I already knew I wanted to mention the Al Green thing where he sang some verses at Apollo theater, and was trying to fit it in in the place where the Roscoe’s part now is.  It ended up working better the other way around.

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT

Once I finished writing the song, I began envisioning how I wanted to shoot the video. My first thoughts always go to green screen; however, at the moment I don’t have it set up and didn’t feel like waiting. Plus, I noticed that most of my videos have a bunch of stand still shots in them where the camera isn’t moving – in part, because I don’t often have someone else who can hold the camera for me.

So, I placed up a Facebook status saying I would pay someone $25 to follow me around with a camera. Lo and behold, my friend Sasha – who’s shot videos for and with me before (see: “Big Moochin’ Fella,” “Teach Me How to Snuggie”) – hit me up and said she was down to shoot!

We only went two places, but were able to get a lot of good shots. The first was Fox Hills mall; we shot in two parking lots, and in front of a J.C. Penny’s wall. The second was Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles – not the one Obama actually went to, but a new one that just opened near my apartment (I’m all for saving gas money and not going too far to shoot stuff if possible). I wanted a shot of me eating the chicken and waffles, so we went there and actually ordered some food just so I could get it filmed.

Once I got the filmed shots I needed, i went home and downloaded various Obama news and/or event clips off YouTube to add to my video. A couple of days later, and the video was done – and came out hilarious!

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits:

1. The one thing I forgot to research prior to going to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles was what President Obama ordered when he went there. Sasha suggested I get the “Succulent Breast and Waffle” (that’s what it says on the menu, lol); I was leaning towards getting some dark meat. I decided to get the #9, i.e. 3 wings and a waffle. When I got home, I researched it and discovered that the President had ordered the EXACT SAME THING when he was there!! What are the odds?!?

2. I like dancing in my videos because… well, I won’t be able to dance like I do now forever, so it’s nice to have it documented 🙂

3. The girl walking in front of me that I try to “dance” with is Sasha. Her cameo was an improved idea by me while I was in the midst of my dance sequence. She’s also the fist responsible for punching me in the face.

4. At the end of the video, you see me on camera with a Hampton University T-shirt. This is my alma mater. More importantly, though, during the last campaign I had hoped they would hit me up and ask me to perform “Obama Milli Remix,”  but I hadn’t worn anything in the video that indicated I went to the school! So, for this year, whenever I do an Obama-related song, I’ll have the HU paraphernalia on somewhere in it. Hopefully they’ll reach out to me this time!

And that’s it! Watch the video, download the song, and share it with your friends today!

– A.P.T.

Hey all! I decided to do a parody of a popular song – in this case, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni–as in Paris,” and turn it into a Christmas song called “Christmas in Paris!” It’s been sent to iTunes, and should be available very, very soon. In the meantime, I’m allowing it to be a FREE download for the next week, so get it and pass it around to your friends!

Here’s the song in YouTube video form (depending on how popular it is, I may make a video for it)!

And here’s the FREE download link: http://www37.zippyshare.com/v/9499906/file.html

-A.P.T.

A.P.T.: Professional Song Writer

So… those of you who have been following my music career on here for the last 3 years and 4 months may remember that my initial goal was to be able to write songs for other people.

Sure, writing songs for myself is fun but, truth be told, I don’t really like performing in front of others all that much.  Ironic since I graduated with a theater degree, but over the last few years I’ve found that I get more joy from seeing other people perform my stuff than if I do it. Only problem is, for most of my time out here I haven’t been able to connect with anyone who wanted to pay me to write songs for them.

That is, of course, until 2 weeks ago…

Long story short: I was sitting at home looking up jobs to help bring in more income (my current job doesn’t pay all that much) when I received a call from a person whom I had worked with on a project early last year. This person told me that a friend of hers – a well-known comedian – was looking to hire a new song writer to help him create parody songs for his radio show. Again, those who read this site know… well, heck, I did the Lil’ Wayne “A Milli” parody about Obama, so it’s pretty much what I’m known for doing!

After I said “Yes,” I sent this person a link the comedian could go to to see some of my previous parodies in music video form. The comedian got in touch with me, said he LOVED my work (especially the “Teach Me How to Snuggie” video), and sent me the name of a test song he wanted me to parody, as well as the subject matter.  This was around 3 PM, and he wanted me to have it written and sent to him that same day.  I sat around for 4 hours watching TV, ate some dinner, and wrote the song up in about an hour, then sent it to him…

…and he LOVED it.

He sent me another song/idea to type up and, despite having to go to work that day, managed to type up another song for him that same day (during my work time, too).  He loved that one as well, and we got to meet up later that weekend to record it. By this point I was just happy that somebody liked my work enough to want to pay me for it, especially with this particular comedian, who I had seen on TV a few times back in the day (on BET’s “Comicview”).

Little did I know just how big of a deal writing for this guy would actually be…

After we recorded, he said he had to go get some sleep so he could get up at 2 A.M. the next morning for his radio show.  I didn’t actually know what his radio show was (I stupidly hadn’t asked him), and when he told me the name of the show, my mind was BLOWN.

I won’t give up too many details on here (feel free to ask me in person), but he’s the co-host of a NATIONALLY-BROADCASTED MORNING SHOW that’s VERY well-known.  And, as it turns out, the songs I’m writing for him are songs that, after he records them, are being played on the show for EVERYONE to hear!!

Anyway… so I just sent off the contract yesterday, and it’s official: I am now a professional songwriter for a nationally-broadcasted morning show.  The pay I get monthly for the gig is great for a starting writer, and definitely enough for me to get my own apartment (should I decide to do so) and, at some point, a car.  More important than the money, though, is the fact that I can put this gig on my professional resume, which should allow me to open even MORE doors and get more writing gigs.

My ultimate goal is to be able to be writing for enough people to stay home full-time and do it.  Actually, I could do that right now, but I still have my part-time job which I’ll be keeping until I’m able to replace the time I’d be working there with more writing gigs.

At the end of the day, though, I’m glad this opportunity came my way. I feel like I’ve been working hard for YEARS now, and between writing all my songs, creating videos and working for others, it’s nice to see that it will finally be paying off.  This is the stuff that can happen when you take the time out to focus on your dreams. Even if you don’t think anyone is watching you, always be in the process of doing the thing you want to do most – that way, when an opportunity comes along, you have a resume of stuff you can show to others that prove why you deserve what’s being offered to you!

-A.P.T.

Today’s insights are for my new music video, “Rub That Nair” (a parody of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair”)

Download @ iTunes today – click HERE!

INSIGHT INTO A SONG

In October, I decided to focus my musical efforts back onto making parody songs.  I’ve made tons of “real” songs, but my most popular (and profitable) ones have always been the ones I’ve made where I mock other people’s songs.

A month prior to this decision, Will Smith’s daughter, Willow, dropped her first song, the oh-so-infectious “Whip My Hair.” She may be nine, but I’ll be darned if all my In-Their-20s-and-Older friends weren’t bumpin’ that song in their cars!

I KNEW the song would be ripe for parody – the only question was, what could I make fun of that would make the song funny? 

I checked on YouTube to see what other people had done, and most of them were song parodies of something being whipped. Not very original.

Around this same time… okay, so I don’t want to get too detailed into this part, as I may be giving away things I shouldn’t be giving away… but it was called to my attention that Nair, a hair removal product for women, is sometimes used by men for the same purpose: namely, removing hair without having to use a straight razor.

I didn’t necessarily think the idea of a guy using Nair was funny. However, the idea of a guy buying a pink bottle of Nair in the women’s aisle of a store, then trying to hide it from other girls for fear of appearing gay WAS, in fact, hilarious enough to make a song about!

Writing the song itself, though, was quite hard.  As with all parodies, trying to pick the right words so it flows and sounds similar to the original is hard.  It’s almost like playing Sudoku: you know there’s a way for everything to fit together at some point, but it requires a lot of going back and re-looking over things you may have put down.

Worse, it’s a pop song, not a rap song.  Pop songs usually use LESS words than rap songs, which means any grand ideas I may have had that would normally require me to say lots of words had to be scrunched down. I can’t even remember what the writing process was like, other than I wrote the second verse first, the last verse second and the first verse last.

Once I wrote it, I contacted someone from YouTube that had made a remake of the “Whip My Hair” beat and asked if I could use it.  Once he sent it to me sans the chorus part, I had to go into the hardest part of the process: recording the song. 

I don’t make it a habit to sing (even though I know how to), and trying to sing in the same octave as Willow was just not happening.  Her voice is definitely higher than mine (she’s a KID, people!), and when I would try to his some of those higher notes my voice would start cracking.  I ended up having to sing in a lower register and keep my tone slightly flatter in order to make the song work.

Once the song was recorded, though, I was quite happy with the results, and couldn’t stop laughing my butt off.  Definitely the sign of a good parody!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits

1. The original plan was to make this a Non Juan song.  However, there were certain issues going on involving Non Juan at the time (which I won’t get into here) about a day after I had started recording it as him.  So, I switched it over to an A.P.T. song instead.  Once I finished recording it and put it up on iTunes, the Non Juan issues were resolved, but I liked the way the song sounded at that point. Oh well!

2. The chorus part in this song is shorter.  It’s the same repeat chorus as the original, but I only decided to play it back once instead of twice.  For parody songs, the idea is to get the point across and keep it funny; I thought by keeping the chorus as long as the original song it would make people turn the song off because they’d have to wait for the next part of the joke – i.e. the next verse of the song – to play.

3. My favorite line in the song: “Don’t use it on your face, though/plus u can’t use it down there! (No nair – down theeeeeere!)”

INSIGHTS INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:

This video was on-and-off shot for a lot of days.  I recorded my parts in front of the green screen first, then shot parts in the bathroom.

However, there was ONE part that made me have to wait: the short part of the song where I say “Don’t tell your girl you use it/If you do, she’ll think that you’re a punk… or gay.”  Originally, I was just going to act like I was being all secretive about using Nair to get the point across that I was hiding my usage from my girl.

But then, I figured it would be funny to have an actual girl in the video that could laugh at me for using it. 

Unfortunately, this caused a delay in taping because, when trying to get another person to film something, you have to find someone that’s (a) available, (b) available at the time you need them, and (c) open enough to be on camera and give you the shot you want.

Luckily, my friend Tamika ended up coming over to my apartment one afternoon before work, and agreed to take 10 minutes before she had to go to film the part of the video I needed a girl for.  We only had to do a couple of takes and she nailed it.  Definitely worth waiting for the shot, as it is HILARIOUS in the video!

As for the rest of it, I filmed it in my bathroom.  I don’t really have that hairy of a chest (in fact, I ended up shaving it so the “Nair” effect would look real); instead, I had to use my friend’s semi-afroic party wig as the source of my chest hair.  From there, I set up my Flip camera in my bathroom cabinet, opened its doors and filmed. 

BTW: let me just say, having a Flip camera is awesome.  It’s small enough so you can fit it anywhere, and it shoots stuff in HD.  Love it!

Once I got all my shots, I loaded it up to my Final Cut program and took about 2 days to edit it all together.  The final product is, I must say, pretty darn hilarious, and I hope you all get a kick out of it!

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits

1. For the part of the song where I say “3 minutes later, ooh, it’s all gone/Any longer than that, you’ll burn your skin off…” I have a hole going through my chest where you can see the other side of the bathroom.  To do this, I used the head portion of my green screen suit and held it against my chest.  In post-production, I was able to key the green out and place a picture “behind” it of the actual background of my bathroom.  Pretty cool, huh?

2. The background used on the green screen shots? I went to Wal-mart with one of my friends and took a 1.5 minute long snippet of a rack that had various Nair products.

3. To keep the wig on my chest, I tied a black fire wire around it and my chest.  It was able to blend in with the wig so you can’t even tell its there!

4. And yes, that is actual Nair I’m using in the video.  And yes, I rubbed it on my face for the “Don’t use it on your face” line.  And it smells. BAD. I’d put it on, film it, then wash it off right away so it wouldn’t start eating at my hair!

That’s all for now – enjoy the video, and download the song from iTunes today!

– A.P.T.
www.PrinceOfParody.com