What do Becky G, Dr. Seuss, Method Man, Rebel Wilson, Jon Bon Jovi, Daniel Craig, Ben Roethlisberger and Rizm all have in common? That's right you incredibly smart people. We share the same birthday, which gave birth to inspiration leading me to post at this time. There will be a more detailed/personal account of exactly how I was inspired on my RaisingRizm blog, so stay tuned in to check that out in upcoming post.
Ya'll know who it is! Rizm! But ya'll don't know where I've been. Let me do you a quick catch-up. I been grinding like crazy to say the least. A lot of people be posting bout how they always grindin'. I myself am guilty of using the slogan as brief explanatory summary for work I'm currently engaged in but don't have the luxury of going into any further details about at the time.
My personal philosophy is that I'm actually too damn busy to spend time "telling" anybody, "Hey, look at me, l'm busy." If you always advertising how busy you are (#Grinding), is it really cause you ain't got nothing better to do than try to convince us? Just asking? Then again, it could just be that I'm not a good multi-tasker. Lol.
Since we last spoke, I released the 1st Official Music Video, for "SugarCoatedShhh", the 1st hot new single following the "7/30 album", on the RizmMusic YouTube channel.
*For this video we had locations varying from the lots of abandoned buildings (We didn't have to "give it" a grimy feel, it was grimy enough all by itself. Lol), to landmarks containing historic memorabilia representing past events, sites that played a part in the history of this country, to a place with graffiti so colorful if you stare at it long enough you can almost forget what you actually standing in the middle of. I said, "Almost". Ya'll know my paranoid ass ain't tryna' get caught slipping! Lol, but For Real for real.
*All of the scene locations chosen, as well as the entire blueprint for making the video was due to the brilliant work of none other than....... Nah, not Rizm, not on this one, but that was a good guess. I like how you think. Lol
*Actually, the credit for plan execution goes to the Award nominated Critically acclaimed Movie Directer/Producer Poetic Lace. Having a more "close-up" veiw of what goes on behind the scenes has given me a totally different perspective, as well as a new found respect for the crazy work ethic this Brother has displayed. It's one thing to have talents, gifts, and a great skill set, but to successfully manage all these things into an efficiently working machine that's effective is another, but that's exactly what he does. It would amaze you to see what all actually goes into producing just 4 or 5 minutes of quality content and that's with everything going according to plan.
*90% of the time, things "do not" go according to plan. This is like one of those law's of nature, similar to gravity. I can't explain it. I don't fully understand it, but if you go into it starting off armed with this pre- knowledge and remember to remain flexible in how you accomplish your goals.....I'm not saying it won't be stressful, but you'll be able to handle it in a way in which the stress doesn't drive you cray cray. Lol, but for real. For example, small stuff like when I saw all the trash scattered about the ground it "looked" great scene wise but when I actually began performing while trying to stay looking in the camera instead of down on the ground where I really wanted to divert my attention because this wasn't just "regular" trash.
With a quick closer scan of things I had already peeped a couple of used syringes on the ground. The 1st one was one too many for me, so from that point on in my overactive mind you couldn't tell me that there wasn't a syringe everywhere I stepped just waiting to stab me in the foot and give me something worse than a bumbump and I can't let my facial expression on camera reflect all the crazy thoughts going through my head while I'm trying to perform and remain professional. Another thing was the scene on the steps. It looked great, thanks again to the editing genius of Poetic Lace, but anybody who really knows me knows how clumsy and uncoordinated I can be at times. It takes work to make me look cool cause I'm just not that guy. Lol.
I've been know to have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time so you might be able to imagine how challenging it was for me to go up, down, and all around the steps while trying to perform the song without breaking my ankles or trippin, fallin, and busting my head wide open. So yeah, all the unpretty stuff got cut, of course. Like I said, I now have a new found respect, so shout out to Beyonce (Do people still say, "shout out"?)and all the other greats that have taken a nosedive or 2 throughout their careers. We still love you and I, I mean we understand. To think about it, I had combat boots on for the scene, but Queen Bey does her thang in high heels for the most part.
That's not a goal I'm trying to reach, but I am impressed with the fact that she can do it. She has a pretty good not falling to falling ratio. Lol. We overcame other obstacles we don't have the time to discuss in just this one blog post, but I will say this one last thing, "Mosquitoes!" I know right now you're probably thinking that complaining about mosquitos doesn't make me look very manly or thugged out. Whatever! Lol. These was like, Ninja Warrior Mosquitoes! I'm for real, they were on a mission, cause it's one thing to land on me and bite me. They had my whole entire body as a landing pad. Pick a spot, bite me and be gone, right? Nooooooo! They wanna go right in my eyeball! They was buzzing all in my ears.(If you've ever had a mosquito buzzing in your ear and you slapped yourself so hard in the face that you cause deffness in that ear cause you were convinced that the mosqito was trying to lay an egg in your brain, then you know what I'm talking about.) All up my nose!
You try to concentrate on keeping your facial composure and perform while the camera is filming you with this going on. The mosqito click had a kamikaze gnat they sent in as a final attack. When it flew into my mouth and hit the back of my throat all my rapping was gone with the wind and that's when I knew it was time to cut. I couldn't even get the word "cut" out. All that came out was this crazy hiss of death as I tried to cough, clear my throat of the dead gnat body, spit, remember not to swallow and for some reason I was holding my breath all at the same time.
Like I said, I couldn't actually get the words to cut out but I guess the director knew that part of the performance wasn't in the script. He did a quick check to make sure I wasn't dying for real, then went to packing up equipment with the rest of the production crew. Yeah, we all knew it was a wrap at that point. We all had to get over hurdles both personally and collectively to see the video shoot through to completion, but of course, but I have the same perspective now as I did then, which is that it was more than worth it! #1) Selfishly, yeah, even though it's alot harder to live your dreams in reality than people think, being able to do what I love for a living is nothing short of an absolute blessing. #2) Message. This song had one or two or three. Not all my songs do. I know, shocker right?! My job as an artist is simply to make good music and entertain you for 3:30-5 minutes/duration of the song. So although, oh yeah, I'm making a statement/saying something in every song, thus lyrics, but all statements ain't messages , feel me.
*In this song, I touched on some really obvious issues from a simpler less complicated veiwpoint like when I rap--"All lives matter, if you're human should be no Distinction"--"But faces that mirror my own are the verge of Extinction"....... It's a national problem but this is how it affects me as an individual. I can't be selfish to the point where I'm only concerned with me cause as I go on to say in the song, I have a son to think about and it would be crazy for me to hope for the world to be a "perfect" place, but when it is time for me to leave this planet I do hope that it's a "better" one, in which my son is blessed with the opportunity to live out his life's journey in peace, love, and happiness.
I don't think that's asking for too much at all. I hit on some other subjects going on across the globe as well. What I wanted to point out is simply that, as human beings, we can't afford to not care about each other even on a global level. We can't so easily turn a blind eye to atrocities in other parts of the world now that some of those same atrocities are showing up over here, right in our own backyards. We're not as far from being a 3rd world country as you think and again I got kids to raise up in this world, so yeah, I'm concerned, As a Parent, cause before I'm any of this other stuff having to do with business, my number one priority #1 My Son. My #1 job is being his dad.
Ok. Let me stop right here cause I forgot about the music for a minute and went into Daddy mode thinking bout my son. For a closer look at me in "Daddy mode", check out RaisingRizm blogspot where you can have a more intimate view at my humanness.
*Thank you to all those supporting the RizmMusic YouTube channel. I appreciate you connecting with me on IG/ all social media @OfficialRizm.
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*Peace and Blessings to the Universe.✌