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.
This video comes pretty late but as the saying goes, “better late than never.” The song is “I’d Rather Be a Lone Star” from my 2013 album Perseverance featuring Boss Taylor and SHELLZ. We shot this video back in 2013, but I didn’t realize until we were done just how prominent the wrinkles were in my brand new, giant Texas flag. I had tried everything to smooth it out and apparently I still fell short. Anyway, I waited and waited hoping we’d get a chance to re-shoot the flag scenes, but that never happened. I finally decided to just finish the edits and put this one out regardless of my OCD about the wrinkled flag. Hope y’all enjoy it and share it!
This song is from my latest album, Perseverance. I have to admit that this is in my top 3 from the album. The energy of this song is crazy and SHELLZ once again came through like a champ to deliver verses I honestly had trouble competing with. It seems like every time me and him team up its certain to be a banger. Originally my plan was to repeat my part of the hook twice and that would be the whole chorus. However, once SHELLZ laid his vocals there was an ad-lib portion where he was just screwing around saying the “I’ma-ruh I’ma-ruh” part. It was too good to chop out so I threw it in the hook and BAM, pure gold. Me and him have been making music together for over 10 years now. 10 YEARS. Been rapping together since high school. So this song was especially fitting for both of us in the fact that neither of us are willing to give up the music and we will always be around when everyone else is resigning.
The video was a blast to shoot. Another rapper we’ve been making jams with for over a decade, Boss Taylor (the third guy you see in this video), helped us out by working the camera for a lot of these shots. We’re all Bryan High alumni so when we saw the Viking wall we knew we had to take advantage of that location. The other shots were done at Tanglewood Park in Bryan and Blinn College parking lot. My favorite shot is the one of me and SHELLZ back-to-back as the camera cruises around us. We’ve had eachother’s backs in this rap game for so long now and that shot really put that into visual form.
I hope all of you love this one as much as I do! If you like it then please buy the song on iTunes or Amazon and share this video with your friends.
So what do you do when you have $57 in the bank account and your good friends Boss Taylor and Shellz ask you to do a couple verses in their show in Austin? You put $50 of gas in the Dodge and head out.
If you’re not familiar with the B-Town Crew and it’s members I suggest you visit the free music page. Bawsmann, now known as Bawstay or Boss Taylor, and Shea Shelton now known as SHELLZ had a set in a show hosted by the historic Victory Grill in Austin, TX. Even Jodi Pharoah aka J. McKinley rounded up with us to provide some great photo and video work and capture the scene. We had 4 of the 6 members of BTC together for the first time in at least 5 or 6 years. So the Victory Grill wasn’t the only thing historic about this.
Boss Taylor took the stage around 9:15pm and kicked the night off right. His set began with “Here to Break It Down REMIX” which set the energy level high. I of course was on the tail end of that one then jumped back off stage to grab some digital shots of the action.
Unfortunately you can’t anticipate how the equipment is going to work. But the show must, and does, go on. All of the mics began having issues, popping and cutting out. After about 2 or 3 songs there was only one good mic left and even it was having some minor popping. But SHELLZ and Boss worked like champs and made due with what they had. Sharing is caring afterall. They wrecked that remaining mic and even let me break it off a little at the end of the set. I have a verse on a song called “Texas” produced by SHELLZ. So we closed out the set with the same trio that opened it.
The crowd was loving every minute of it. I would guess there were at least 50 or 60 heads in there and with the size of the place being what it was that meant it was almost a full house. Everyone was bobbing heads and feeling the music regardless of any mic issues. J made sure some Big Hush t-shirts were put in hands so maybe there are a few new fans in the ATX.
I had a great time and I owe a huge thanks to Boss and SHELLZ for letting me be a part of their set! Can’t wait to go back to Austin and do it again. Only next time I’m not driving back home at 3 in the morning.
Ladies and gents I finally got my lazy ass around to editing the footage from the most recent live event. So Check it out! Parts 1 and 2. I’m mad though, I had to chop them down a bit due to YouTube’s 15 minute time limit on videos. So I lost the part where the crowd was singing “When I’ll Get My Sleep” with me, and it was awesome. Ah well, the rest of it is all there so sit back, relax and watch. For those of you that didn’t go to the show you better go to the next one!! I won’t always post the entire thing online so you’ll have to see it in person or miss it forever hahaha. Thank you everyone that came out and anyone that watches the videos.
Well last night’s show was an all-around success. Had a lot of fun, met some artists and jammed some real B/CS rap music. Big shout out to Shawn Noize, SHELLZ, 1402 Boys and Justin Wilson for killin’ their sets. And thank you to Unleashed MMA for hosting the event. Be sure to check them all out online! I had a blast performing for a pretty good size crowd that turned out. This was the first show where I pulled out the ol’ “When I say Big, y’all say Hush” bit and it was the coolest thing I’ve ever heard lol. Thank you everyone that came out to support the music. This will hopefully just be one of many so if you didn’t go last night then make sure you go to the next one! Here’s a couple of photos but if you want to see the rest just go to MY FACEBOOK PAGE and check out the album!