This is the music video for “Tell Me Something (That I Don’t Know)” from Looking Out For Texas. The song is about the frustration of a daily routine that seems to never change and how I’d desperately love to shake things up. I’m sure you can relate in some way. I’m grateful to have a job of course, but I’m dying for more than just sitting in an office everyday until I’m 65.
The music video was a lot of fun to shoot. I knew from the start that I wanted to find some payphones to use for my verses, it just seemed like that would be a random, funny and surprising prop to use in 2015. Since I was going the payphone route, I decided to go to Goodwill and find an old school cordless phone as well, I found one for $4. Everything else was made up on the fly as usual.
I went over to SHELLZ’s house to film his scenes and employ him to be the cameraman for mine, but since Boss Taylor and Anthony were over there I asked them to be in the video as well. Originally there would’ve been no action, but we came up with the head slam scene on the spot (in typical guerrilla video shooting fashion). The lighting in that dining area was great. Just lucked out on that. Also, I planned to shoot each verse at a different payphone and have me progressively moving across the city to SHELLZ, but unfortunately one of the three was too dark (which you can see in the outtakes at the end) so I scrapped that one. With that being the case I decided to just mix the best shots from the remaining two payphones throughout the three verses. The lighting was great for those, so I sacrificed continuity for the sake of good footage.
By the way if you’re curious, cops tend to drive by slowly and more than once when they see three guys at a payphone of a closed gas station on Villa Maria at 4am. I really hope you enjoy the video (don’t take it too seriously), but more importantly I hope you enjoy the song! Get the album if you haven’t already.