This song was driven by one of my biggest pet peeves, which is people saying they’ll do what will never get done. Whether it’s friends, co-workers or politicians, I’d rather you don’t say anything at all then tell me 10 times about something you plan to do or help me with. From time to time I’m guilty of the same thing, so this track is a bit of a reminder to myself as well, but for the most part I’m a man who tends to take action with very little discussion. Often times I’ll complete a task or goal without anyone around me even knowing it was on my radar. I believe that the more time you spend trying to convince someone else you’ll do something, the more comfortable you become in not doing it. So don’t talk about it, be about it. Please download the free full song or instrumental below.
This music video was shot in the beautiful area known as West Texas. I was visiting my relatives in Midland and thought while I was over there I could break off and shoot a music video using a fresh location I’ve never used. The wind farms out there are really cool. I knew I wanted to incorporate those. I also wanted to make a video that kept me hidden in plain sight. I don’t like how I look in general and I always hate when my music videos are mostly shots of my ugly mug rapping at the camera. In this video I was able to turn myself into a silhouette and let the landscape take the focus.
I was pretty pissed when I drove out to get my sunset shots at the wind farm in Stanton, TX and NOT ONE SINGLE TURBINE WAS SPINNING. I couldn’t believe the bad luck. There wasn’t so much as one gust of wind that night. I still got the shot, but it was as I was driving home that I noticed a nearby pumpjack and decided to grab one more shot of me rapping next to that. It turned out to be an absolutely perfect fit for the song. What goes up must fall to the ground. Not only do you have the visual of the jack going up and down, but in a time when the oil industry is hurting it represents that message in a real world example as well. Big thanks to my cousin Josh for helping me get the shots of me at the house that’s for sale and driving my truck. We basically drove around Midland trying to find something we could use that would make sense in the video and came across that house. The other road and landscape shots were ones I got while making the long drive home on my birthday. If you ever get a chance to drive the roads out around Rankin, TX you won’t be disappointed.
The song itself is about my habit of not getting excited about great things because I feel like I’ll jinx them if it’s going too well. I hate that I look at good moments that way, but I just can’t help but be suspicious. The other part of that is just the sadness that comes with knowing nothing lasts forever and anytime you’re on a high you need to be prepared for the moment you start your descent.
But to avoid ending this on a depressing note, I want y’all to remember the fact that I was standing alone out in the middle of a wind farm rapping for a camera on a tripod to make this video. I hope y’all enjoy it!
My new album “Looking Out For Texas” is now available! Sorry for the delay in posting about this. I’m very happy with how the album turned out. The title came from two things:
- My desire to be a staple in Texas rap music and my overwhelming pride in being a native Texan.
- Frequent flights back from Oklahoma after visiting family, literally looking out for Texas as I cross the border
I thought this was a cool way to mix both a literal and figurative concept into one theme. I cover many subjects, Texas pride, cancer (and how much I hate it), ups and downs of life, the things money can do to people, my love for a naked lady and much more. Haha. I hope you’ll check it out and find something on there you like. Visit the Buy Albums page to get this new music and start jammin’!
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,