The first I ever shot my music video. I always wonder how they created a music video? I was a big fan of BET Rap City, and Yo MTV raps. This was like a whole new world for me. I got to see my favorite Hip-Hop artist's songs play out in a music video to some of my top playlist of songs. I remember to this day were like Kriss Kross wearing their closes backward, Wu-Tang Clan dress like ninjas with masks on, and Nas wearing a pink suit like OG gangster films with the mob. This opening my mind to another world.
So when I starting making music I always wonder what type of videos I could make. As a kid, you always dream big so I thought of everything possible to place in my video. Then a few years later I finally got the chance to shoot my 1st music video. It was a guy from our neighborhood that ended up with one of my CDs. A cousin of mines gave him their copy of the CD. It's was my mixtape called "Shoot or get Shot Vol 2 (Back for da Cak)". I must say to this day I owe him thanks than ever for taking the time to work with me and my upcoming group. Rapyd Fire Entertainment was just starting out as well when I first met Brother John. That's what everyone knew him as. Johnny or Brother John is what most people called him. He gave me a call one day and ask to see would I be interested in working with him. His goal was for me and my new form group to get some exposure. He did not charge me anything to do this project he had in mind. Brother John then told me what was his game plan and what was his next move.
He wanted to do a video shoot starting with me and expand upon that to a DVD release about the group Rapyd Fire Entertainment. Here I was nervous but excited. I had no idea how this would work. I did not plan out the video or know what I would be doing at this point. Brother John ensures that is will easy and fun. He had planned the hold thing out before he had even told me what I will be doing. He picks out what song he wanted me to do from my mixtape and said this will be short and sweet and over before you know it. He said to get all your group members to meet me at this location and at this time. Make sure you learn your lyrics to the song I choose off your mixtape. The day right before the shoot he gave me a call told me how it will play out. He said you will be lip singing your lyrics to the song and I will sink it up with the music. I still did not fully understand what he was saying. Now it's the big day of the shoot and I got the members of Rapyd Fire to meet with Bro John at the place he wanted us to be. He was in our local neighborhood but it was a place he was more familiar with than I was.
He had my group to stand behind me as he plays my song from his vehicle. I could hear the song just pumping from the car as people in the background starting to watch in wonder what was going on. I started to hear the people in the background say things like, "they shooting a video, he not from our side of town, I think it's cool, who is that rapping?" and so on and so on. My heart nearly drops after this because this was like being on stage but very different. We try out a few takes and he then said "cut". He told to don't worry about what you hear people saying in the background because once it comes out they will think you for it. He told my group to give me some more support and you got this. It's like being in the studio with the camera on you. Just rap your song out if you were doing on stage and the rest will follow. After maybe a few more takes I was finally ready to do it the right way. It started to come natural and before I knew it Brother John was yelling that a wrap people. I had done my first video shoot. Until this day I can not thank him enough for what he has done for me. After that day I had learned the art of making a music video and the basic elements to creating a music video from that one shoot that we did. So I would like to share that video with you all today. Enjoy!
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