How I Became A 44 Year Old Rapper
January 25, 2018 5:49 PM   Subscribe

How I Became A 44 Year Old Rapper
After a night of being teased for performing both the Running Man and the Roger Rabbit, I bet my wife and her friends I could make a legitimate hip-hop video and make $10 from strangers on the internet. I decided to completely commit to this bet for the sake of pride, art and the culture of hip-hop. I present to the fine folks of Metafilter......."Never Bet Your Money On Another Man's Game"

I took all the advice from my original thread and tried to make something in earnest and attempted to follow what so fucking future said by honoring a “provocative art form that is dripping with sex and bravado and poetry and inspiration and violence.

If you want to help me with the bet you can buy the track, venmo your support, or simply spread the video far and wide. If you have any feedback on the song or the video I would also appreciate that. This is the first time I have ever created a full length song or a video. If anything I hope it inspires someone else to do something creative no matter how ridiculous.

For anyone that is interested, here are some of the things involved in making the final product:

- Google Docs to write the rhyme which took an obscene amount of revisions.
- Inspiration for the 3rd verse from 'The Show' - Dougie Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew. This was one of the first hip-hip songs that I truly loved.
- Reason 10 with a Oxygen61 keyboard, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface and a Audio Technica AT-4040 mic.
- A professional audio engineer ( Matty Trump ) to do the final mix and mastering who I found on SoundBetter.
- DIY Green Screen using PVC Pipe, clamps, grommets, hooks, and a giant piece of muslin.
- My garage to do all the filming using a iPhone 7, a simple tripod, and a bunch of homemade lighting rigs.
- Raw video footage chopped on my IPhone, using Hyperspektiv for the effects, and all editing in Powerdirector and Audacity.
- The awesome folks of Metafilter who have always helped me win bets!

Thanks for having me.

Jason
Role: Writer, Producer, Performer
posted by jasondigitized (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

That's... actually better than expected. Good job, man!
posted by ph00dz at 6:32 PM on January 25


Pretty legit. Your website isn't working for me in Firefox though.
posted by 256 at 7:47 PM on January 25


Cool! Good job! You dance quite well, too.
posted by Too-Ticky at 4:08 AM on January 26


Very cool! And I agree with Too-Ticky -- you're a good dancer.
posted by rue72 at 6:38 AM on January 26


This looks like a super fun project. Congrats on getting it done!
posted by cnc at 11:43 PM on January 26


Look, I am not a rap connoisseur, but I am a connoisseur of enthusiasm, joy, and people doing the things they like because they like liking them. And you really went all-fucking-in, and it was a goddamned delight. Well done.
posted by duffell at 2:54 AM on February 24


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