Feb/28
2006

It's the return of....

Tha One an Only aKa Mister Poizonous the Lyricist. I'm fresh off my trip to Houston, Texas and I'm more tired than a medical intern after two twenty-four hour shifts. I had to write this out before I caught a nap or I would've forgot most of what I was going to say.

If you're just tuning in to my blog I was in Houston for the weekend to shoot videos for two singles off my upcoming album Sinister Ambitionz. I arrived Friday the 24th after an 11-hour plane ride and had to be up at 6:15 Saturday morning for the shoot. I wasn't too tired from the trip but the seven-hour time difference caused some SERIOUS jetlag. I was dazed when we first started, it felt kinda like a out of body experience but once the shooting began I was on point.

The director of both videos is my homie John Wayne (just like the actor) from Chicago and hes got talent and an eye for videos, so the end result is going to be dope. His company is JWS productions a multimedia company and the crew he hired was top notch. To give you an idea of what this man can do, he's done videos for allot of artists and soon will be directing a video for Bodega (his artist) featuring Lil Jon and Bun B, plus the actor in the "I Maintain," clip was in the movie Titanic. His name is Bob (there were a gang of bad puns associated with his name) and although we had him working in the rain and getting chased by a dog (that is one of the scenes in the clip) he was a good sport about it and maintained his professional integrity the whole time. I was invited to fly back for the cameo appearance in the Lil Jon video but I'm not sure if it fits into my schedule, if I got the time I'll be there.

My first day of shooting was marred with issues but we made it work. Although Houston is known for being hotter than hell during the summer time, it was unseasonably cold while I was there. Plus it rained like it was the last days of mankind for most of Saturday. At one point I thought was going to have to build a ark like Noah and paddle us back to the club to continue shooting. Instead of canceling the shoot my crew were real troopers so we worked through the rain until we got almost all the scenes done. We didn't get done until around nine oclock (4am Amsterdam time) and everyone needed some sleep. I didn't get any though cuz I had to make calls back to Europe and make sure the business was still getting taken care of while I was gone. I got to sleep around 1:30 am and was back up at 6am the next morning for the "Diggin U,'" shoot. We packed two video shoots in two days so there was very little room for error and egos.

Sundays shooting went better cuz we were indoors almost all day plus it was the "Diggin U" shoot so we had some nice eye candy to keep the men motivated. There were quite a few attractive ladies who came thru to make sure the shoot had the kind a flavor to match the lyrics. Then my homie Big Jamie (Whatsup playboy) called up the Houston ghetto supastar Billy Cook to come thru cuz he was feeling my style. Billy Cook has been on over 400 albums with everyone from Scarface to UGK he can sing in almost any style, has constant airplay in the south and Asia, plus has the range of an opera singer. He was signed to Rap-A-Lot for 4 years but now runs his own label and has a few of his own artists. Were going to collaborate on a few tracks for this album so you'll will hear his talent for yourself. Also I met this cat named Golden Boy (his complexion matches his name perfectly) and his manager/ producer while I was shooting on Saturday in downtown and he also had some flavor. GB (Golden Boy) is an emcee whose built a nice buzz for himself, thru his mixtapes. We vibed a little in between shots and I had him come through for Sundays shoot. Im also going to do a few tracks with him for the upcoming album cuz this cat has some lyrics. Most people think the entire south is bass and crunk music but GB is a real lyricist with a vocabulary that would astonish some cats from NYC. All the people im talking about will be in the clips so now you can place a face with the name, and get to know them before they blow-up.

I was only in Houston from for 4 days (Friday to Monday) so I didnt get to see much of the city. I did get to go thru North Houston (where my hotel was) the fifth ward (cuz theres a guy there named Steve making some T-shirts for me) and most of downtown. One of the funny parts of my trip was going through downtown and seeing the infamous Enron building, which amusingly enough was almost totally empty. The Enron buildings are a group of three buildings connected by a circular tube tunnel between them. I was told by JW (John Wayne) that when they announced that the company was broke, employees started taking desks, chairs and anything else they could get there hands on. Although my trip to H-Town was brief I learned quite a bit about the state. For instance, Texas was once its own country (for real) also that it still retains the right to separate from the rest of the nation if it needs to. Also that it has almost as many police officers as Las Vegas and that is saying ALLOT. The two most important things I learned were, everything is bigger (food, drinks, clothes, animals) in Texas. Second and more importantly for those who think Texas is all cattle rodeos and dumb country bumpkins. You're very wrong EVERYONE carries a gun. Not just some of the people EVERYONE, from your little old lady to the average teacher or bus driver. Its not illegal to carry a gun its only illegal to conceal it. You can go almost anywhere in the city and buy a gun, people collect guns like someone else would collect comics, stamps, or sports cards. Joel (JWs younger brother and producer of the clips) told me that the gun ranges in Texas are usually so packed you had at least an hour wait before you get to shoot anything.

SO if you plan on going there and causing problems or jacking a few senior citizens, beware you might find yourself filled with more lead than a pencil, or worse taking a dirt nap. Other than those small tidbits of knowledge Texas seemed fairly laid back and I would definitely go back to work with the local talent if the price and time was right. Thats it for my weekend adventure and I'll keep you'll posted on when the clips are done and added to my website (it takes 3 weeks for the editing to be completed).

Til Then, Be Safe

Tha One an Only

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