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!
This music video would’ve been so much better if I had some ladies willing to be in it! I originally had some pretty cool ideas for making a sexy video, but I don’t know anyone that would’ve volunteered. Plus I’m not sure I would’ve been able to keep a straight face for my scenes, haha. Instead I decided to do a lyric video, which is a very tedious process. I was hoping to make it have cool fonts and movement like you see in professional lyric videos, but I just don’t have the capability. I was very happy with how it turned out though. Huge thanks to my friend Katy for loaning me a pair of her high heels (btw I used the magic of Photoshop to change them from brown to bright red) to use. I came up with the smoke effect idea at the last minute and I love how it looks.
This song was inspired by all the sexy ladies I’ve seen dancing on the runway. I wanted to make something I could picture them strutting out to in the clubs. If you or anyone you know are dancers and need some music to work to, please use this song! Here’s to all those fine women in nothing but h-e-e-l-s…
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.
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’!