This is the music video for “Blow My Top” from Slow Nights. Fast Food., which is basically a song about going stir crazy. I had fun making the video and I think it was number 1,570 on the list of music vids shot in my tiny one-bedroom apartment. For such a small place I sure managed to film a lot of stuff in there. I’m not a social guy. If I’m not at work then I’m at home making music or killing time with TV/Internet/Porn/Etc. I came up with the spur-of-the-moment idea to pour milk on my cereal in a ridiculous fashion. I figured I needed something to entertain you folks since the scenery is the same as so many other videos I’ve made. Enjoy!
Yesterday me and Shellz went to the 2013 Hullabalooza Music Festival at Texas World Speedway in College Station, TX. I happened upon some tickets and when I found out Ludacris would be there I was all-in. Me and Shellz also happened to attend the last performance Luda did in College Station when he hit Reed Arena in 2004. Though he was late getting started on that performance, he was great on the stage so I knew he’d be just as entertaining (if not more) nine years down the road.
We got to the festival around 2pm and realized we’d be doing a LOT of walking and standing around. The two stages were what seemed to be two or three football fields apart and the artists were going to be alternating all day. We checked out local rappers The Pilots as they were finishing their set then settled in for the spectacle that is Riff Raff. I’m not a fan of this cat whatsoever but I’m glad I got to see him first hand to witness what people are so crazy about. I will say that some of the beats he was rapping on were straight BANGERS. I mean bass that shakes your eyeballs type bangers. While I couldn’t appreciate his lyrics or image, I certainly appreciated his request for some twerkers from the audience. He pulled a few ladies on stage and they showed off for a couple songs which was fine by me. Lil Mario also did a couple songs while Riff Raff took a breather, but I was excited to see OG Ron C as the MC on stage. I’ve been jammin’ that dude’s work since high school.
The next act on the opposite stage was a group called Radical Something. I’ve never heard of these guys, but the college crowd in attendance seemed familiar with them so they were all jammin’ together and having a good time. I’m a big fan of big fans. Even if I’m not into the music being performed I really enjoy seeing crowds interact and have fun with artists on stage.
After that we made the march back to the main stage where country artist Josh Turner was about to bottom out the low end on an equalizer. I’ve heard two of his songs, but otherwise I didn’t know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised by his performance. The guy was solid and everything just sounded really good. Plus I think “Baby lock the door and turn them lights down low” is universally relatable.
We then made or way up to the other stage and watched a duo called Cherub who I’d never heard of. They were just two guys with guitars and an MPC or something but they were gettin’ after it up there. I won’t be buying their albums anytime soon but they were very entertaining to watch and to see the crowd get into it with them. I think the next artist was a DJ but I can’t remember. I’m not hating, but I can’t really enjoy watching a guy dance behind a laptop to fist-pump music. Me and Shellz decided to chill out for a bit and wait for the next performer.
Back at the main stage we were hit with Childish Gambino. This was my first time hearing any of his music but what blew me away was the performance. He came straight out the gate with a bangin’ track that had the crowd going nuts. Then he just stayed on the gas pedal for his entire set with a live band providing the music. I was mostly impressed with how animated he was and how aggresive his vocals were but none of it seemed to be weakened by the length of time he was up there. Dude just did not get tired apparently. I get winded after just a few songs when I perform so I guess it just takes a lot of practice and conditioning. I’ll have to go back and listen to his songs now without the influence of stage lights and a screaming crowd. Sometimes those things can mislead you on whether or not you like the real song, but I might just be a fan now.
I think another DJ was setup after this. By now my back and knees were cussing me out for not giving them much of a break in seven hours so again we chilled and just waited for the next performer.
Two or three hours later it was finally about time for Mo Millionz followed by Ludacris. I’d never heard of Mo Millionz and I can’t remember anything he did. It wasn’t that he was bad necessarily, but he just seemed to be a time filler before Luda. Besides I was ready to call it a night and the crowd gathered well before he came on and was quickly growing ancy during his set. Once he was done we all waited…and waited…and waited. For over an hour we stared at Ludacris’ DJ on stage while obnoxious fans began screaming insults, doing Aggie cheers (which made no sense), and throwing glow sticks at the stage. FINALLY Ludacris stepped out and it was game time. After a song or two he told us there was a noise ordnance issue that was causing the delay and that his set wouldn’t be cranked up as loud as he wanted it to be. The only question in my mind was who on Earth would’ve have complained about noise at Texas World Speedway? Or if not that then why would it be enforced by the book? Look it up on Google Maps if you aren’t familiar, but this isn’t exactly in a residential area. Ironically, he was just about as late getting on stage this time as the last time he came here. Regardless of the reason, once Luda got going it was just as good as I expected. He did all the hits, gave some 979 and Texas shoutouts, then walked off stage and took his private jet back home.
All-in-all I’d say Hullabalooza was an experience I’ll remember for a long time. I learned that all-day festivals aren’t really my thing unless they allow chairs to be brought in next time. It also reminded me why I’d much rather be the guy on the stage than the guy in the crowd trying to keep drunks off of me and out of my ear. Maybe I’ll be a featured performer one of these years.
To see all of the photos I took just visit my Facebook page and checkout the Hullabalooza album.
Recently I was going stir crazy on a Sunday night in my apartment. I didn’t want to let the weekend go so I stayed up til about 2am writing this song. It’s just a feel good song to enjoy.
The sample is from Freelance Whales – Generator 1st Floor. I do not own any rights to their song, I just wanted to make this track because I love the sound of their song. Please download, share and enjoy!
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Stay in Chillmode,
On Sunday, March 11, 2012 I had the opportunity to perform at the Jet Lounge in Houston, TX. Big thanks to King Dirty Talk for hitting me up to be in the lineup. Never thought when I did that collabo verse for him via youtube/email that I’d end up performing in a show with him in H-Town. The turnout was less than expected but we still had a great time.
I had a 25 minute set which included Boss Taylor and SHELLZ so we broke it down nice and proper. The vibe was great and the energy was high so regardless of the small audience we performed like it was an arena show. Check out the video below for a recap. If you weren’t at this show then please get yourself out to the next one!
Stay in Chillmode,
This song is one of my proudest. I just had the itch to go hard and needed a beat that would fit. So after playing around with ideas I decided I was going to use Led Zeppelin to get the point across. The obvious sample is the guitar lick from “Whole Lotta Love” but I also took the drums from “When The Levee Breaks” and sped them up a bit with a touch of my own percussion. Add a little bass and some strings and everything just came together right. The video was shot with the help of my wingman G-Bird and the location of Mumford TX. Click Here to watch it. Download the song for FREE below!
This song is the hidden track on Always The Quiet Ones. I’m not telling you where it’s hidden so please just buy the album to find out lol. The concept is simple: the Battering Ram that I hold is my music, and every song or album I make is just another swing against the door of the rap game.
I know I’m not a perfect artist or even a great one, but I feel like I improve with every project. I feel like I just keep on making impact with the Rap Game door and eventually that thing is going to give way and let me in (“Yeah it took a few ‘hits’ but the wood is split”). This is where persistence pays off as well, I’ve seen so many people say they want to be rappers. They try for a bit and eventually give up when things don’t materialize quickly (“Hell I’ve been standing outside for so long, all the other people in line have gone home.”). There’s also the matter of being so deep in this pursuit now that I’m not going to turn back until something big happens (“I done worked too hard, done too much, I’m not giving up spreading Big Hush”).
The video was a blast to make. This one was the first video I’ve made with an actual concept and story that plays off the song. Big thanks to Cranium Boy yet again for helping me plot the video and film it. Not to mention his role as the Rap Game that’s trying to keep me out. We couldn’t think of a better way to show that he was the Rap Game so at the last second we wrote “Rap Game” on his t-shirt with a sharpie lol. Hey, it worked. One thing we were both proud of was the “Oh I see what they did there” moment at the end when I put the chair back under the door knob. This was to imply that now that I’m in the Rap Game I’ll have to defend my place against the next artist coming up to takeover. Enjoy the video, download the album, spread the word!
Stay in Chillmode,