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This week’s music video is for the song “Hey There, Rihanna,” a parody of Plain White T’s “Hey There, Delilah!”

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INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

On February 8, Chris Brown and Rihanna, two R&B/Pop starlets with a lot of radio hits on their hands, had other kinds of hits going on whilst en route from a Grammy party at Clive Davis’ house.  Details are still coming out about the incident a month later, but the short version goes like this: they got into a fight over Rihanna reading a text message from another woman off of Chris’ phone, which lead to a verbal argument, which lead to Mr. Brown punching, biting, and badly beating down Rihanna.  After almost choking her to death, police were called by listeners who heard Rihanna’s cries for help, and yada yada yada…

This past week, Chris Brown went to court and was formally charged with the attack, as well as making possible death threats towards Rihanna (i.e. “I’ll kill you when we get home!”)  It should be noted that Chris Brown grew up in a home where he saw his step-dad beat on his mom regularly, so it’s not too much of a surprise that he had the ability to go off like he did.

What IS surprising – though, apparently, it’s really NOT all that surprising to psychologist – is that, despite the very, very harsh beating Rihanna took from Chris… she still wants him back!  According to all the news I’ve seen on this story, he contacted her 9 days after the assult to apologize, and tell her that he (a) was going to get help to deal with his problems, and (b) that he still loved her.  (Really, Chris?  Were you feeling the same way when you were screwing other girls behind her back??)

I had so much info in my head about the incident that I couldn’t believe she’d actually go back to him!  At the same time, this kind of thing happens all the time, and, since I don’t know Rihanna (we don’t exactly run in the same circles, what with me having had ONE hit song, and her having had… gee, I’ve lost count), I couldn’t exactly meet up to talk to her about her decision.

But I COULD put it into musical form and hope she hears it!

It just so happens that, in my quest for songs, I parodied the words “Hey there, Rihanna,” a LOOONG time ago.  It’s what I do whenever a hit song comes out – I take the words and occasionally bastardize them for fun.  It doesn’t mean I’ll make a full song out of it (a la “Obama Milli”), but it does stick in my mind.  With the Rihanna idea, I never made a full song out of it because, while it sounded catchy for the first 3 words, I didn’t really have a song to go behind it.

And then this incident happened.  And suddenly, I had material!

Before I made the song, I checked on YouTube to see if anyone else had made a song parody using the same beat.  BTW, the song parodies The Plain White T’s 2006(7?) hit “Hey There, Delilah,” and it had the perfect melody to go along with the sentiments I wanted to say in the song.  Anyway, someone on YouTube had actually made a parody with the same title (booooo!), but it was about how much Rihanna sucked, and not about this incident (um… yay?).

Amazingly, there are a LOT of parodies for this particular tune, so I feel kinda late making a song to it.  Still, as Weird Al has proven time and time again, if your parody is good, it doesn’t matter how much distance is between the original and your version!

I was going to re-make the beat from scratch, and was about half-way through doing so… but it was taking up too much of my time.  So, I found a karaoke version of the beat, downloaded it, placed it into my Garage Band program, and viola!

As for the song itself, I mentioned all things associated (so far) with the case: Rihanna shacking up in Miami, her face being black and blue, mentioning the text message incident that started this whole thing… not to mention the references to Chris Brown being like Mike Tyson, O.J., and how his career is over (though, as R. Kelly has proven, I could be wrong on this assumption as well).  Once I was done recording it, I sent a few copies out to close friends just to get their take on it.  So far, it’s been pretty good!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. I mention her being in Miami because, at the time I started thinking of this song, she had been hiding out there in one of Diddy’s houses for a while.  I think she’s actually in L.A. now with her boy-toy Chris, but “Miami” and “Grammy” rhymed better.

2. Even though this song is about a serious subject, I wanted to inject some humor into some of the lines. Thus, I mention her covering her bruises with “Cover Girl” mascara (since she does ads for them) and the line about Chris being a biter and this “not being Street Fighter.”

3. There’s a line where I say to Rihanna, “Your giant 5-head must be cracked.”  She has a big forehead, and people joke that a person with big foreheads have “five-” heads.  Get it?

4. At the end of the song, I beg Rihanna to “please come be with me.” In reality, I couldn’t date her – I’ve heard how needy and/or bossy she can be and… well, let’s just say, if the rumors of her starting this whole thing are true, I definitely couldn’t date a woman ready to start an argument about dumb stuff!  Still, it sounds good in song-form!

5. This is the first song I’ve posted up where I recorded it using my BRAND NEW studio mic.  As you can hear, the clarity of my words is MUCH better, and everything sounds so crisp.  I love it!!

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:

The basic idea was to do a mocking of The Plain White T’s video – all the guy did was sit in one place and play the song on his guitar while split-screen action was going on in other panels on the screen.  2 problems: I don’t know how to do the split screen thing yet, and I don’t have a guitar.

Oh well!  It’s called “making due with what you have.”

What I had on hand was an umbrella.  I decided to use it as my guitar because Rihanna had a number one song called “Umbrella,” so I knew people would get the joke.  I also have a MAC computer now, and, because it has a built-in mic and I was recording the video in my room, I decided to use it to shoot the video!  The result is picture clarity unlike any I’ve had in my videos (except for the “Fly Chick” video, where my friend’s footage was clear because – duh – she filmed her parts using a MAC!).

I shot the “guitar” footage from two angles: first, the front angle, with the computer directly in front of me; and second, from the side angle, where I’d still be facing forward and not looking directly into the camera.  Why?  I dunno – it’s what they do in all those other videos where guys are playing guitars, so I needed one of those shots, too!

After I shot the footage, I got on the internet and looked for pictures and/or footage of Chris/Rihanna that I could use.  I found some nice pics of them both (relatively speaking) and some pretty cool footage from news stories and other entertaining things.  Once I did that, I left my aparmtent and took a walk down the block to Wal-greens, where I went to buy condoms (don’t ask) and use my Kodak camera to film myself “reading” a magazine article about Rihanna going back to Chris Brown.  It was the PERFECT magazine to use, too, since I have lines in the song that pertain to her going back to him!

Once I got all the footage I needed, I loaded it up onto the MAC, made myself some soup, and edited the heck outta this thing!  The result is a video that I feel very proud of!

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits:

1. For the part of the song where I talk about this not being Street Fighter, I recorded footage from a video made by… 50 Cent?!? He’s been going back and forth with Rick Ross lately, and posted up cartoons of Rick Ross as “Officer Ricky.”  Cartoon #3 dealt with the Officer going after Chris Brown, and has hilarious footage of Chris Brown and Rihanna in Street Fighter mode.  I HAD to get it!

2. The thing I’m sitting on in the video is my BRAND NEW FUTON, which I just got a few days ago!

3. Shout outs to TMZ, who provided the WORLD with the pics of Rihanna’s badly beaten face.  Also, I forget which site I got them at, but those blood splatters really are from the fight – her blood splattered on the car AND on her outfit?!? And she STILL wants to be with this dude???

4. For the shot of me in Wal-Greens, I simply placed my camera on top of a product box that was sitting right next to the magazine section.  Like I’ve said before, I ALWAYS GET THE SHOT I WANT.

5. Estimated Time for editing: I’d say 7 hours, but my friend Daren kept calling me, and I’d end up talking to him for 30 to 40 minutes at a time.  So, I’d say about 3 to 4 solid hours.

That’s all for now – download the song/video, re-post it up, and request it at radio!  Only 8 more videos left to go – see ya next Sunday!

-A.P.T.

E-mail: APTsongs@hotmail.com
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/NotoriousAPT

This week’s video (if you can call it that) is for the song “Ambition (Remix)” off “The Great Black Hope” album!

AVAILABLE ON “THE GREAT BLACK HOPE” ALBUM – Click HERE for download info!

INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

There’s really not too much insight into how this song came about.  These two guys, whose performance names are Z-man and T-Bone, wrote me and asked if I’d be willing to do a song with them.  They told me to check out their music page and listen to their songs; if I heard one I liked, I could message them back and request the beat and song so I could jump on the song.

When I checked out their page, the first song I heard was a track called “Ambition.”  I liked the lyrics to the song and the concept – they were talking about making it in the music biz despite all odds since they had the drive – and, since the title of my album was called “The Great Black Hope,” I figured it would be a perfect fit.

On my end, I kept their lyrics in the first two verses, then placed my verse at the end.  It actually didn’t take me long at all to think up the words making up my 16 bars.  I just talked about the stuff I had gone through over the years while trying to get on, all the way up to the “Obama Milli” song, which, against all odds, was played worldwide.  Thus, my story shows off how success IS possible if your ambition is strong enough and you don’t give up.

Some Interesting Song Insights:

1. At the end of the song, I was going to mention the group’s myspace name… but it was too long, and at the time I was going to say it, I couldn’t pronounce it.  So, I did like I said in the song: I put them in my Top 8 so people who hear the song can just go to my page and click on their picture!

2. When I got the track, the original one didn’t sound mastered properly.  Luckily, I have a program that allows me to tweak sounds and make things sound better.  On their page, they have the original “Ambition” posted as well as the one I did, and the clarity and spiffiness of the sound is very apparent.

3. My favorite line is one people probably won’t even get.  It’s the part where I say “Philip Banks security threw me out on the lawn (AAAAAAA!)” On the show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Will’s friend Jazzy Jeff was always getting thrown out of the house by Philip Banks.  Hopefully that reference isn’t too “Old School!”

INSIGHT INTO A MUSIC VIDEO:

Actually, for this week it’s more like “Insight into an unmade video!”

After 41 videos, it’s starting to get hard to think up ideas for videos all the time within the given time frame of a week.  Especially when most of those videos involve me and only me.

This particular week was made more difficult by the fact that I had other things to do in terms of other sites I’m setting up.  In addition, the time I would have spent editing today was spent doing an interview for a TV show pilot…

But realistically, I hate excuses, and I’m sure I could have filmed a video earlier in the week and edited it.  I should be more prepared and stop doing things last minute, especially now that I’m starting to gain some momentum out here in Holly-weird…

With that said, though, I couldn’t put up nothing at all, as the commitment was to do a video each week for a year.  (Technically, I could take a two-week break, as there were two weeks when I did two videos and am ahead a bit).  I wanted to post up a song that I didn’t have too much of an idea for a video for, yet was still good enough to warrant posting up.

Then I remembered the “Ambition” song I did.  I had guest rappers on the song, and they live in a different state.  Therefore, I couldn’t have them in the video, and I couldn’t think of a “video” video I could do to it.  So, I figured I’d post it up.  

BUT…

I didn’t want to just post up a blank screen.  So, I filmed the footage of the tape recorded “Family Guy” used this week when they went all postal on Christian Bale’s ass by re-using his rant.  Seemed like a good thing to use when just playing a song!

Some Interesting Video Tidbits:

1. I was actually going to use another song this week, and use the Christian Bale rant in-between the song.  But honestly, it would have stretched the video out to almost 7 minutes, the song wouldn’t have been continuous, and I would have ended up filming another video for it anyway.  Besides, I HAVE an idea for that particular song, so I’ll be doing THAT one next week.

2. Estimated edit time: ha! Barely under an hour.  But again, it’s not really a “video” video!

That’s all for now!  Only 10 (real) videos left to go – see ya next week!

-A.P.T.

This week’s video is for the song “That Boy is Cra-Zy!” from my “The Great Black Hope” album!

AVAILABLE ON “THE GREAT BLACK HOPE” ALBUM – Click HERE for download info!

INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

It’s time to get your b-boy on!

This song started out with the beat.  After being inspired by Soulja Boy and The Ying-Yang Twins – both of whom were able to make hit songs with beats that didn’t really have a lot of instruments involved in the beats – I decided to make an instrumental that only had drum sounds in it.  I used high-hats, whoops, turn-table scratches, and that’s pretty much it. 

I had this beat on my computer for MONTHS.  Like, I made it back in May of 2008 (I think) and knew I wanted to make a song to it, but had no idea what type of song.  All I knew is, with the way the beat sounded, it made for a good old-school rap sounding song.

Fast-forward a few months later: I was coming up with songs for “The Great Black Hope” album, and, because I was short on cash, I had to make most of the beats myself.  This meant going back and using anything that was in my arsenal, no matter how odd it may sound, and making a song out of it.  I came back to this beat, and…

…well, I still didn’t have a song to it, let alone a chorus.  

Sometimes, when I get stuck, I’ll go back and listen to previous songs I made for inspiration.  On my very first album – “The A.P.T. EP” – I made a song called “Imma Skitzo.”  The song is very much in the same vein as an Eminem song; I basically say whatever I want, regardless of whether it’s insulting or not, and I put together a lot of words and phrases that don’t really cohesively go together.  Yet, because of the song title, I was able to get away with it.

I thought about that, and realized that I hadn’t made that type of song in a LONG time. Because of the whole “Obama Milli” song taking off I had grown a fan base, and didn’t want to say anything too outrageous to upset them or chase them away.

BUT, seeing as I still wasn’t selling as many albums as I would like, I figured that the small number of people who might buy my new album wouldn’t mind that type of song, so long as it was ultimately entertaining.

In the chorus for “Imma Skitzo,” the very last line I say is, “That boy is craa-zy!”  I liked the way I said it, and thought I could actually make that into part of a chorus.  All I had to do was figure out WHY I was crazy in the song, put those parts in the chorus, then make a song up where I said dumb stuff.

I finally figured out the chorus, then went about writing the song.  The nice thing about these types of songs is I’m able to do them the same way I do my freestyles – namely, write a bunch of random ideas down, figure out which ones sound the best, place them in an order that flows well, then record!

This song isn’t as crazy-sounding as “Imma Skitzo” was, but I did make sure to mention a few things in there that may make people do a re-wind.  Specifically, I mention Lance Bass, Michelle Obama, Toby Keith, and Tyga, a.k.a. the bastard who took my “Obama Milli” song and not only performed it on tour, but tried to take credit for it as well.  What a punk!

This is one of my favorite songs in general.  The beat is bangin’, and it’s even got a break-down in the middle of the song!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. In the “Obama Milli” song, I did a whole 4 lines where I talked about how fine Michelle Obama was and how, if she were single, I’d “hit.” Many people who liked the song took a pause at these lines and thought they were disrespectful.  So, for this song, I decide to “apologize” to her, only to end up reiterating what I said I’d do but in a nicer way 🙂

2. I mention Tyga in this song because, as the story was told to me, the person who re-made the beat I re-made with the “Obama’s” in it gave it to Tyga on the condition that he’d give me and him a shout-out.  Which he never did.  Admittedly, him being able to make more money off the song than me, AND perform it, pissed me off more than you can imagine.

3. I figured since “B-boy” is a popular term, there had to be a way to include girls into the equation – thus, the word “G-girl,” which I made up.  At least I think I did…

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:

I already knew this was going to be a dance video.  I just didn’t know how much energy it would take up!

I did the first shots with me wearing the blue sweatshirt top.  2 minutes in, I was dang near ready to pass out.  Dancing for a long time is HARD, especially when you don’t work out or run or jog.  (In case you’re curious, I have a high metabolism.  That’s why I’m so skinny despite never working out).

Nevertheless, I knew that once I started down the dance path I had to finish up.  I did four different shots, in four different outfits, at four different angles.  Even though it would just be me dancing in the entire video, giving people different things to look at makes it less boring than if I were to simply stand in one place and dance the whole time!

I also wanted to have each dressed up character have a different attitude.  I don’t know if I pulled this off too well, but the guy in the blue sweatshirt was the “dance for fun” guy; the one with the low-floor angle was “B-boy dancing” guy; the dressed up guy was the “Dance with flavor” guy; and the guy with the brownish shirt on was the “old-skool dancing” guy.”

Midway through filming, I realized that I wanted to not only take a musical jab at Tyga, but a video one as well.  So, for the fifth shot, I dressed up in a hoodie and wore some nerdy classes.  I made sure in post-edit to mention that the person I’m doing a bad impression of is Tyga, and people familiar with both versions of the “Obama Milli” song should appreciate my get-back at him.

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits:

1. I filmed this entire thing in my apartment.  It’s a smaller apartment than my last place, so figuring out how many angles I can actually use gets harder with each video!

2. The place where I’m dancing with the brown shirt on is my kitchen.  I had to move the glass table all the way over near the fridge to have it out of the shot.

3. In the last shot, that fall into the bathroom was PLANNED.  It was a last minute idea, but one I figured would end the video on a hilarious note.

4. In the first chorus, I mention making out with Eartha Kitt. In the last part, I mention Amy Whinehouse.  However, I cut out the second chorus in the song where I mention making out with Anna Nicole. Why?  ‘Cause I know how people attention spans are on YouTube, and with me adding the Tyga jab in, it would stretch out the video longer to keep the entire song in.  If you want to hear it, GET THE ALBUM!

5. Estimated time for editing this video: about 4 hours.  I tend to dilly-dally around now that the MAC edits these things so much faster, so the actual edit time was probably shorter.

That’s all for now – only 11 more videos left to go! See ya next Sunday!

-A.P.T.


Above: A.P.T. video blog #8, “Grammys & Cough Syrup!”

Another week, another video in the can…

Yet lo and behold: another video already?!?  

Truthfully, I’ve been wanting to do regular video blogs for a while now.  They’re great for (a) making people know more about me, and (b) connecting with people to where they feel like they know me – and, therefore, are willing to buy my stuff.  Yes, I’m blatantly honest about that last part, but any celeb on YouTube who has a blog (i.e. Diddy) is doing it, ultimately, so you’ll buy their stuff.  I’m just more up-front about it!

I wasn’t able to do this too much on my PC because they aren’t really equipped to do the amount of videos I really wanted to do. Plus, since it’s slower, doing a daily video blog would have been a chore.  I would have had to:

  • Film it
  • Upload it
  • Re-convert the video back into a Windows Media File
  • Place it into Windows Movie Maker
  • Add title, ending, and music
  • Publish it
  • Check the video to make sure it came out the right way
  • Go online to YouTube
  • Post it

With the MAC, though, the process is the following:

  • Film it – FROM THE BUILT-IN CAMERA! (No uploading necessary)
  • Edit, add title, ending and music
  • Click the button that says “post to YouTube”
  • Fill out the info, then post to YouTube.

And that’s it!  Very, very simple.  Plus, since the camera is already built into the computer screen, I don’t have to worry about upload time.  It’s great!

So, I’ll be doing these video blogs on a daily basis, talking about anything I feel like.  Enjoy the video above!

-A.P.T.


Above: A.P.T. Video #39, “Hands UP!” Download this video – click HERE for info!

This week’s video is for the song “Hands UP!” produced by SINIMA Beats!

Download for .99 cents: http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=226695
Available on A.P.T.’s “The Great Black Hope” album – Click HERE for info!

INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

I went to Soundclick.com and downloaded a beat from SINIMA beats called “Hands Up.”  It was a funky beat that sounded ready-made to be a party jam.  This was back in August when I was still working on “The A.P.T. LP,” but, at the time, I didn’t have a song ready for the beat nor had I leased it to legally re-sell. 

After I released the album, I figured it would be wise to lease the beat before someone else snatched it up.  I didn’t know if I’d ever actually write a song for the beat, but I figured it was better to be safe than sorry, as I’ve had too many beats that I liked taken away before I could use them!

A couple of weeks later, I was driving around Atlanta looking for someone’s house, and I had the beat playing in the car I was renting.  I started to freestyle, but instead of talking about party stuff, I went a different route.  In the first verse of the song I started talking about Amadou Diallo, the guy who got shot 41 times by the cops back in 1999 after taking out his wallet too fast, while in the second verse I freestyled the scenario leading up to the shooting of Sean Bell by the cops in 2006.  I think it was the fact that the chorus went “Hands up, everybody hands up” that made me think about cops yelling that out, like when they bust into people’s places unannonced. 

Since it was a freestyle, though, and I was driving, I didn’t write it down or record it.  However, I knew that, based on the freestyle, I had the topic and structuring of how the song would go…

Fast-forward a few months later: after I released “The Next Black President” mixtape, I began thinking up songs for “The Great Black Hope.” I remembered the “Hands Up” freestyle I had done months earlier, and got to work on writing the song.  The song I ended up recording is similar in topic to my freestyle, with the first verse being about Diallo and the second one being about Bell. 

This is one of those songs where the topic is serious, but I deal with it in a sarcastic way.  I’ve done this in the past (see: “Bust My G.A.T.,” “The KKKramer Song”), and I talk about serious stuff in this way because (a) I don’t like to take life too seriously, and (b) even when something is serious, I find that people are more willing to listen to my opinions on stuff if there is humor injected into what I’m saying.  Plus, it’s less boring the way I do it!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. I don’t actually mention either Diallo or Bell’s name in the song.  I wanted people to hear the song and think it’s a party jam initially, then get surprised when they figure out what the song is acutally about.  Element of surprise, people!

2. The amount of time it took for me to write and record this song was an hour and 15 minutes.  I was staying at a friend’s apartment, and she went to go shopping, giving me a window of time to do all this without disturbing her!

3. Even though I mention both the NYPD and LAPD in this song, the two incidents mentioned in the song both happened in New York City.

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:

I had a litany of video ideas for different songs, and I was going to film a more elaborate video for either this song or one of the other songs…

But then I remembered: today is Super Bowl Sunday.  Which means the odds of anyone really paying that much attention to my video today is less than stellar.

That’s not to say I didn’t want to make a good video.  It just means I knew that it would be better to film one of my more elaborate videos for a later week.  Combine that with the fact that my computer has been getting progressively worse in terms of the amount of times it wants to slow down or half-way crash during the editing process… and the fact that last week’s video, which should have only taken 3 or 4 hours to edit, took almost 10 hours out of my day…

Well, you could see how I’d want a little bit of a break.  Luckily, I’m upgrading my equipment soon… but more on that in a later entry!

I decided to keep it simple: show some pics of the victims, and be done with it.  Well, okay, not THAT simple.  Since I still wanted people to want to watch the video, I decided to make it semi-interactive.  I created a game called “Hangman: The Police Brutality Edition” where the viewer has to try and guess the name of the victim being pictured.  To make it somewhat hard, each person’s picture is altered in a way that you can’t tell who it is until the end of the verse.  The song itself gives clues as to who the person is, so listeners with good guessing senses should know who’s being talked about before the verse ends.

In the last part of the video, I use a picture of the most recent victim of police brutality, Oscar Grant, who was killed in San Franscisco by the cops on New Year’s day.  Specifically, he had been pushed to the ground by the cops and was yelling “Please don’t shoot me” when – lo and behold – one of the officers decided to shoot him in the back of the head.  This happened AFTER I had recorded the song (otherwise I would have mentioned it), so I figured putting him in the video would be just as good.

Mixed in with pics of the victims are pics of the various protests, cops, and news stories that surrounded each of their situations.  All in all, it’s an okay video – like I said, I had other ideas for it that were more elaborate, but I can’t lie: I wanna see the Super Bowl too, and I was NOT going to be spending all day editing a video and missing it!

Some Interesting Video Tidbits:

1. The longest part of editing this video was adding in the “Hangman” portion of the game.  Once I made the video, I had to go back and load it into my AVS video editor, which allows you to add text anywhere you want on your video.  From there, I had to paste in line after line of text for when I wanted certain letters to appear in each person’s name.  There were three of them, and the total time it took to do all that was about 2 hours.

2. Estimated editing time for this video was about 4 hours.  That may not seem long, but considering the video consist of all pics and NO filmed portions, it should have been shorter.  As such, my computer is not equipped to hold all the videos I make for it.  Like I said, I’ll be upgrading REAL soon…

That’s all for now – only 13 more videos left to go!  See ya next Sunday!

-A.P.T.

E-mail: aptsongs@hotmail.com

MySpace: www.myspace.com/NotoriousAPT

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Greetings again!

Now that I’ve gotten a bit of a fanbase, there are people out there who have requested some of my videos for download so they can re-post it on their YouTube site.  So, I’ve decided to test this idea by allowing some of my videos to be downloadable for FREE!

Below are 7 of my more popular videos along with the download links, including the oh-so-popular “Obama Milli” video and the “Goodbye Bush (Na Na Na)” video

All I ask is that you do the following when reposting:

  1. Post “A.P.T.” and the song’s title in the title line and in the keywords section
  2. Provide the link to my website – www.APTsongs.Wordpress.com – either on the right side of the YouTube page or in an annotation on the video
  3. That you post the video as it was originally made – no alterations, please!

Feel free to send me an e-mail at aptsongs@hotmail.com to let me know you’ve reposted it!

Assuming these videos get a good amount of people downloading and reposting them, I’ll put up some of the other ones later on! (Note: if you have a request for a video not yet available for download, send me a message at aptsongs@hotmail.com!)

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A.P.T. Downloadable Videos:


Above: A.P.T. Video #2, “Shout Out 2 My Big Girls!” Download video here – http://www.4shared.com/file/83040486/60c4a27c/APT_Video_2_-_Big_Girl_Shout_Out.html

 


Above: A.P.T. Video #3, “Your Mom’s a Ho!” Download video here – http://www.zshare.net/video/54786977848ff1cb/

 


Above: A.P.T. Video #5, “O-bama O-bama” (re-dubbed “Obama Milli” by the public)! Download video here – http://www.4shared.com/file/82994639/e681bbd2/APT_Video_5_-_O-bama_Milli.html

 


Above: A.P.T. Video #28, “Stop Cockblockin’!” Download video here – http://www.4shared.com/file/83038003/a8ea80d8/APT_Video_28_-_Stop_Cockblockin.html

 


Above: A.P.T. Video #29, “Go Hard Remix (feat. T-Pain, Kanye West and DJ Khaled)!” Download video here – http://www.4shared.com/file/83036645/c1b7eb68/APT_Video_29_-_Go_Hard__The_Unofficial_Remix_.html

 


Above: A.P.T. Video #30, “Back On My Grind!” Download video here – http://www.4shared.com/file/83001200/8cf3056/APT_Video_30_-_Back_on_My_Grind.html

 


Above: A.P.T. Video #37, “Goodbye Bush (Na Na Na)!” Download video here – http://www.zshare.net/video/5453399977ea009e

Note: if you have a request for a video not currently available for download, send me a message at aptsongs@hotmail.com!

-A.P.T.


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.

This week’s video is for the song “Things 4 U (I Thought U Loved Me),” produced by ME!

Download the Single for 99 cents: A.P.T. Song Download – Things 4 U (I Thought U Loved Me) 

AVAILABLE ON A.P.T.’S “THE GREAT BLACK HOPE” ALBUM!  Click HERE for download info!

INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

This is one of the few times where I don’t have too much insight for the song!

Truthfully, I wrote this song so long ago, I forget how I came up with it, if I had the words or the beat first, or what year I wrote it in (except for knowing that I wrote it sometime in college).  Odd, ain’t it?

All I know is, I’ve been writing songs in notebooks and journals for as long as I can remember, and this song was the first entry in one of those journals.  I wanted to write a “you broke my heart” song, and I wanted it to be a rock song.  In fact, I think the original beat I had in mind for this song had guitars in it.

However, I made this beat that just happened to go with the words of the song, and when I fused them together the song still rocked, despite the beat not having any guitars.  The beat itself is a sample of ONE song, chopped up and repackaged into the beat for this song.  I can’t reveal the source of my sample, except to say the “musicians” I sampled it from are the same ones I sampled for “Hooptie” and “I’m Trying 2 Get AiDS Tonight.”

This is one of those songs where I get to yell my behind off.  I don’t usually have the facilities to do that, but I was staying with my Mom 2 weeks ago while waiting for my moving day.  When she and the other housemates had all left the house, I had ample time to scream inside the house as loud as necessary for this song to be recorded!

After I laid down the vocals, I added some cool effects to my voice to give it the feeling of me being a rocker on the mic, and added some reverb to… well, just about everything.  It gives the effect of echoing.

Sidebar: my computer, a P.C., isn’t built to handle all the projects I try to throw at it.  Therefore, my computer started overloading as a result of adding all these effects at once to my song.  I had to transfer out each layer of track, then open a new file and re-load them in so the effects wouldn’t overtake my computer. 

I. NEED. A. MAC!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1.  This song isn’t about anybody in particular – if anything, it’s probably a culmination of all the girls I got rejected by during my formative/teen/college years. 

2. The second verse of this song is the exact same as I wrote it whenever it was I wrote it.  However, the first verse had to be revamped a bit because I originally wrote it to be longer, and I forgot how the flow of the other parts of the verse was supposed to go.

3. In case you’re curious: YES, that is me screaming like a rocker on the chorus.  And YES, that is me singing the “Things 4 U” part – I sang in a falsetto, changed the pitch, and added echoing to it.  My production skills are on the rise, people!

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:

My ex-coworker Unique, who is also a friend of mine via Facebook, posted this video on her wall:


Above: A guy freaks out on a blind date show.  Hilarious!

I saw this video, and instanly thought it would be a good video idea for “Things 4 U (I Thought U Loved Me).”  Plus, I knew it would be an easy video to edit – all I had to do was sit on a stool, film myself doing the song, add a few talking parts and voila – instant video!

So… that’s what I did.  I filmed for 15 minutes straight and went through the song 3 times so I could have different shots to use (including one where I use a microphone) and so the camera angle would be the same for all the shots. 

While filming the video, I thought it would be cool if I attached it to an actual dating show that people may have seen.  Then, I remembered that Mad TV used to do this skit called “Lowered Expectations,” where people who were the absolute worst candidates for dating would put up video ads for themselves.  Since my song has the “I’m mad at my ex” vibe, I thought it would be funny if someone were to use it on a video dating ad.

And that’s pretty much it!  Hey, I never said all these insight things would be long!

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits:

1. Um.. hmm.  Can’t think of anything real interesting.  Like I said, it was a pretty straight-forward shoot!

2. Editing time for this was about 3 hours, plus the extra time I spent dilly-dallying around the apartment all day!

That’s all for now – only 16 more videos left to go! See ya next Sunday!

-A.P.T.

E-mail: aptsongs@hotmail.com

MySpace: www.myspace.com/NotoriousAPT

SoundClick: www.soundclick.com/APT

People are often amazed that I have so much drive, energy, and focus to do all the various projects that I do.  I had two different phone conversations yesterday with a close friend and a family member of mine, and they both expressed being inspired by my ability to do what I wanted to do and go for my dream, etc.

But, to be honest with you, it’s really not that amazing to me. 

The reason I do all these things is two-fold: (a) because I don’t like to spend money on dumb stuff, which means I stay home a lot, and (b) because I get BORED easily.  And when I get bored, I think of things to do so I won’t be bored.

Take, for example, this website.  This whole “One-Song-a-Week” thing came about because I was in Atlanta, and when I wasn’t working, I was at my apartment, bored, with no one to hang out with or talk to.  So, I said: “As long as I’m here, I might as well figure out a way to promote my music.” BAM! Now I make videos once a week so I’ll have something to do while promoting my songs to the mass public.

Another example: I wrote a book.  Actually, I’ve written a book and am working on the next one as we speak.  How did I find time to write 2 books? 

Well, for the first one, I was staying at home during summer break from school and – when I wasn’t visiting friends or playing one of my video games – I was BORED.  So, during my bored times, I’d type up chapters for a book.  1 month later, I had a first draft for a book done.  As for the second book, it started as a blog site, and now – some 8 months later – I have enough material for another book.

So, you see, people, my various projects and successes aren’t usually the result of some grandioso plan.  They’re usually just the result of me going: “I’m BORED – as long as I have some down time, what could I create that might get me some money so I can afford to do stuff that won’t have me feeling so bored?!?”

With all that said: you’re probably wondering what any of that has to do with the title of this blog? 

I moved to the west coast, but right now my body is still on east coast time.  This means I fall asleep at around 9:30 PM Pacific Standard Time  (12:30 AM EST) and wake up around 5:00 AM PST (8:00 AM EST).  The sun rises over here at 6:45 AM, and doesn’t set until 5:30 PM.  This means that, for almost 12 hours of the day, I have to find stuff to do.

I’m already making videos and new songs, but I’ve also decided to make an instrumental/beat a day.  Why, you ask? If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last year, it’s that you (a) never know who’s watching you, and (b) never know when an opportunity may come along for something big.  In either case, I feel it’s a good idea to always be prepared.

I’m in California, the land of music, TV, film, theatre, and other art forms – most of which usually incorporate songs into their projects.  As of right now, I’ve already got at least 20 instrumentals that could be used for any one of those things; however, I figure the more beats I make, the more I’ll be able to choose from if someone comes along and says, “Hey, do you have any beats I could use for [insert name of big-paying project]?”

And – since I don’t really do much during the day right now except stay in the apartment or walk around the neighborhood – I get bored very easily.  So, while I’m bored, why not make ONE beat a day and build up a catalogue of music to shop around to others?

And again, this isn’t necessarily because I’m such a genius or am all that smart.  I mean, I’m smart, but being successful isn’t about being the smartest person in the room – it’s about being the most READY person in the room when an opportunity arises.  I’m not doing anything that someone else couldn’t do – even YOU!

-A.P.T.

E-mail: aptsongs@hotmail.com

MySpace: www.myspace.com/NotoriousAPT

Soundclick: www.soundclick.com/APT

This week’s video is for the song “Hooptie,” produced by ME!

Available on “The A.P.T. LP” – Click HERE for purchase info!  Also appears as a bonus track on “The Great Black Hope,” available January 7, 2009!

INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

Finally, a video for “Hooptie,” and the last song off “The A.P.T. LP” that needed a video!  But first, some song insights, shall we?

Way back in 2005, I was driving around in a wonderful Honda Civic.  Unfortunately, I also had a sales job selling a cleaning system (similar to a vacuum, only it uses water) where I wasn’t making many sales.  As a result, I wasn’t able to make payments on the car, and it got impounded.

I still needed a car to drive, and it just so happened that one of my grandma’s friends, who was in his 40s and worked at a car dealership as a mechanic, had an old 1982 Cadillac that he was willing to give me for free.  The car had many problems with it, but, at the time, free was what I could afford, and I was just happy to have a car to drive.

At least I was for the first month, when it worked.  In December 2005, the car broke down, to the point where fixing it would cost oodles of money that I didn’t have.  Thus, I ended up selling the car to a mechanic in Richmond, VA for about $50 bucks.

Fast-forward to August 2006.  After living at home for nearly 10 months, I decided I wanted to move to Atlanta.  I had been selling items on eBay for 7 months, and was making enough money to afford a $500 apartment deposit, 1st month’s rent, and – if I was lucky enough – a car that could, at the very least, help move me down to Atlanta.

While doing my normal routine of going to yard sales on Saturday mornings (to buy stuff to resell on eBay), I saw a car with a “FOR SALE” sign, along with a price tag of $500.  I immediately called my Mom and told her I found a car I wanted to look into buying.  When we met up with the people, we found out more about it: it was a 1987 Cheverolet Celebrity station wagon, had 125,000 miles on it, and needed to be sold.  After giving it a test drive, I decided to buy the car.

In between owning these two cars, I was working on some new songs for the “Check the Resume” album.  I wanted to do a car song, but I don’t like to do songs that everybody’s done, and most rappers make songs about their expensive cars with the 20-26 inch rims, leather interior, etc.  That’s not my reality (yet), so I thought it would be funny if I rapped proudly about owning a Hooptie, i.e. a really messed up car!

For the beat, I sampled… hmm – on second thought, I’ll keep that to myself for now.  Because of the way I mixed it together, you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s the song I sampled if I told you.  All I know is, when I heard the beat, I knew that this song was the perfect one to use it for.

I wanted to make the song a sing-songy type of song – one where the verses sound like they could be sung just as easily as the chorus.  I slowed down my rapping speed, and emphasized words at the ends of sentences so that they’d stretch out more when people said them. 

I also wanted to infuse humor into the song by going on and on about owning this wreck of the car.  The lyrics are basically me giving a description of the two hoopties I actually owned – in fact, listening to this song made me realize just how f—ked up those cars really were!  But, seeing as I don’t have a car now, I was just happy I had something that could get me from Point A to Point B in a fast amount of time (as opposed to now, where I have to walk or catch buses and trains, which aren’t always reliable).

FYI: I intended to film a video for this back in November, but since I took so long to make a video for the song, it’s being included as a BONUS track on my new album, “The Great Black Hope,” out Wednesday, January 7, 2009 (i.e. MY birthday!)

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1.  The original chorus for this song was, “I drive a Hooptie (what!), I drive a Hooptie, n!@@a!”  However, even though it sounded crunk when sung, I’ve always had problems with other artist using the N-word in their songs.  It sounded like the right word to place in there, but the last thing I want is to be performing a concert, and hearing white kids in the audience yelling the N-word lyrics back to me.  So, when I re-recorded it for “The A.P.T. LP,” I changed it to “I drive a Hooptie, homey.”

2. The person saying “Yeah, man, that car is tiiiight!” is my cousin Sheldon, who came down to the south this summer to visit! It took quite a few takes for him to say the line on beat, so I had him record the same line over and over again about 9 times before he had it to where I could use it!

3. About 85% of the song lyrics are based on the two cars I had.  Specifically: the having one headlight, the engine smoking, the locks not working, spending 3 minutes opening one of their doors, having a couple of windows either not roll down or roll up, my car shutting down when driving too fast, having different colored smoke coming out of the tailpipe, my trunk being so wet due to rain leaking in that it smelled like fish, my bumper’s having rust, my car cutting off after being in reverse…

4. …and the line about “some joker hit and run the front side of my car” – I had just finished up the song, and thought, “Hmm, it still needs a few more lines.” I went out to make a quick run and, sure enough, there was a dent in the front part of the door where someone from across the street had backed out their driveway and hit my car.  This happened less than 24 hours after I had gotten my second “hooptie!”

5. My favorite line in the song is the very last line in the second verse, but I had to edit it for video purposes so my cousin could actually watch it.  You’ll have to listen through the song to see why!

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:

The reason I waited so long to shoot a video for “Hooptie” is because I wanted to get my cousin Sheldon in the video.  I figured it would be cool to get him in one of my videos, especially since he had a line in the song.  The plan was to catch a bus up to Philadelphia and spend Christmas with him and my other cousin, Samantha, and, in the process, film a video.

But of course, just because you plan something doesn’t always mean it’s going to happen.

In this case, Mother Nature changed my plans: at 5:31 AM I got a call from Samantha telling me it had rained the night before, and that the roads were iced over.  Furthermore, one of the major highways had been closed off by the city, and there had already been a report of one Greyhound bus accident – the same bus line I would have caught to go up for my visit.

Seeing as I didn’t want to die, I had to cancel my plans to go up north – and, more importantly, to film my video up there.

As luck would have it, though, my brother had asked our Mom to get him a Wii for him and his fiancée to play.  Upon getting the system, the first game he bought was Mario Kart Wii, a racing game featuring Nintendo characters. He opened the game the night before Christmas Eve for all of us to play at his apartment, and it was fun as heck!

The next morning, while waiting for my brother to wake up (I spent the night at his apartment), I started playing the game again to see how many new racing courses and/or characters and/or rides I could unlock.  Somewhere, in the middle of playing the game, I thought: “OMG – I could make a video for ‘Hooptie’ by filming myself playing ‘Mario Kart Wii!’”  It made perfect sense – it was a racing game involving cars (okay, karts – still, same thing!) and “Hooptie” was a car song, so they could go together!

I started filming the TV screen while playing the game, and decided that I didn’t just want to see a video with me winning all these racing matches.  Since the song was funny, I wanted the video to be funny as well – so, I decided to play the game as badly as possible, crashing into things, getting hit by stuff, falling off of cliffs – to match the song’s mantra of owing a crappy car.  After all, if I’m doing so badly on the races, my car must not be that good, right?

And, since I filmed it during Christmas week – and because my bro had Christmas decorations all over his apartment – I decided to film it like I got the game for Christmas, opened it up, played it, got frustrated, and gave up by the end.

All in all, it’s an okay video – I still wish I had been able to film the version with my cousin… but when you’re on a deadline, sometimes you gotta go with whatever options are available!

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits:

1.  Shooting this video was pretty easy, but the longest take was me filming myself playing all these races with different characters. I wanted the camera angle to be the same for all the races, so I kept the camera on continuously.  The take ended up being 29 minutes long!

2. The TV used is actually my brother’s roommate’s TV.

3. For the first driving take, I was actually playing the game with the Wii wheel.  For the other two takes – the ones where I’m either going frantic or off-the-wall with the wheel – I wasn’t actually playing the game.

4. My brother came in the room while I was filming one of my races.  He asked me if he could get a DVD out of the machine, and I said, “Sure, I’m trying to play bad anyway.” While he was getting it out, I started yelling at him for getting in the way, then had to remind him that I was doing that so I could, hopefully, get it on video (thus adding to the whole “I’m playing this game VERY badly” shtick)!

5. In order to get the shot for the TV, I placed my brother’s ironing board in front of the chair I was sitting in, placed a DVD case on the ironing board, then placed the camera on top of that.  Same thing for the shot of me next to the Christmas tree.  Like I always say, I ALWAYS find a way to get the shot I want.

6. At the end of the video, I say “Aw, screw this game – where’s that ‘Bust My G.A.T.’ game?!?”  Those who have regularly viewed my vidoes each week will recall that video 16 – “Bust My G.A.T.” – was a game I played on Wii in an EBGames store.  Actually, now that I think about it, the game was actually called “How to Be a Rapper: The Action/Adventure Game.”  But saying the song title was still a better choice!

7. Video discrepency alert!  For the part of the video where I race as Mario, I’m playing the 100 cc Race Cup.  However, on the “Better Luck Next Time” screen, it says I “lost” while playing the 150 cc Race Cup.  This is because, after playing badly as Mario on the 100 cc Cup, I went back and played an actual Grand Prix race so I could get the ending screen – only I accidentally played it on 150 cc!  If I had a Wii I’d go back and re-film it… but I don’t, so I can’t.  Dang it!

8. Estimated time for editing: Let’s see: I spent about 2 hours this morning before getting ready for work… then I decided that I was tired of being treated rudely at my job, said “Screw them” and stayed home… then I worked on it for a few more hours while watching “Sister Act II: Back in the Habit” and a special on E! about Saturday Night Live.. meanwhile, my computer was extra un-cooperative today, slowing up and/or stopping altogether at times… so, what should have been about a 3 or 4 hour edit time (the amount of time it usually takes when I don’t have any mouthed words to link up with music) took about 9 hours.

The funny part? I could have gone to work today to make money, and instead, I stayed home and edited this video while making NO money.  I didn’t want to risk working on this thing bpast a time where an internet place would be open for me to post it up.  I don’t know if that’s craziness or dedication… either way, when I get to California, I am DEFINITELY going to puruse a job as a video editor (a good job to have while I’m working towards not having a job, and one I seem to enjoy doing!)

That’s all for now – only 19 more videos to go! See ya next Sunday!

-A.P.T.

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