Shortly after nailing down my Beanie Boy rapping persona, I realized I had a secret weapon that no one else in The Great Devilmas Beat-Off of 2011 could touch: swag. Namely, a black cap that has “BEANIE BOY” embroidered on it.
Of course, being the relentless, competitive beast that I am, I decided that as powerful as my swag was, it wasn’t enough. So I decided to unleash another secret weapon. A friend from years past, Jeff Johnson aka DJ D003Y D3C1MAL was down for a little collab. Little did he know that my idea for our round 4 rap would basically have him doing all the work.
Little did I know (okay, I kinda did) that this “work” is a walk in the park for DJ D003Y.
Not counting Jeff’s writing time, this video took a day to shoot and cut. I had the genius idea to shoot outside and the even better idea of not telling Jeff -- by the time he finally got to my place, the sun was quickly setting. So, saving my berating of Jeff’s punctuality for later, we raced through the song a couple of times and I did my best to patch the lighting inconsistencies in post.
All in all, I’m proud of Scroll Back. Jeff is immensely talented and it goes without saying that I am not a rapper or even a particularly good musician. There was a little backlash about such a collaboration being against the rules, but I quickly pointed out that The Great Devilmas Beat-Off has no rules.
In short, we stepped it up in a dramatic and unexpected way. And that’s what being creative is all about.
Of course, the co-progenitor of the Beat-Off would have none of this. And while he’s usually pretty quick with the turnaround, it was barely 24 hours after Scroll Back dropped that Rob released his new rap and initiated Round 5.
And holy shit, Rob stepped it up in a huge way. There isn’t a good way to say this without making it sound like Rob’s four previous raps were garbage, but this fifth one is a diamond. It shines. It’s beautiful. It’s geniously crafted. It finally makes me feel like I’m in a competition.
So really, with a second entry pending from Anna and new entries forthcoming from Tim, Eric, and even Middlebrook, who stands a chance at winning the grand prize?
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The anguished musings of a jack-of-all trades creative professional based out of Longwood, Florida. Find out more about him here. You know, if that's your 'thing'.
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