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Hey, this is TDG, the one wearing the white cap on the video above. Wanna know how “The Choice Is Yours” by TDG & Smiley-D was created? I’ll tell ya, keep reading. Smiley-D and I met on the internet and after recognizing the common goals we have it was quickly agreed that we should collab. With Smiley-D in Oklahoma, and me in Texas, I knew we had to make the most of today’s technology. So I grabbed my acoustic guitar, dropped a beat, produced this track and we wrote some lyrics to it. Not lyrics just sayin’ anything, but something that would help someone change their ways for the better. Why did “Man In The Mirror” just pop in my head? Eeeeeee Heeeee, lol! But on the real, we sent files back and forward and once we had a complete song we knew people needed to hear this. So we planned the video shoot. I made my way up to OKC and shot the first half of the video shoot with Smiley-D. We had a few adventures too. Day one, there was an earthquake! While eating dinner at the table all of a sudden everything started rumbling and shaking. I busted out praying right there! Some of the people in the room thought for a second about hiding under the table, but it was made of glass. Forget that idea! So we all sat there and waited it out, while I was still praying out loud. The earthquake stopped and we laughed about our funny reactions to it afterward. Nothing was damaged where we were. A part of a highway about an hour away was damaged though. Another adventure on day two of the shoot was we were standing near the edge of a building with no railings to get the Oklahoma City skyline in the background. One slip and that would have been it! See what we go through for you, lol? We made it though and got the shots done so I headed back to Austin to finish the second half of video shoot with The Mack Boyz (the dude that got jumped and the other dude that got stabbed in the video, they’re actually brothers that rap together). I edited the video, graphics. As I continued to communicate with Smiley-D, we decided to give this track to the public for free because we know the message in the song is needed. There is also an acoustic version available on amazon. We’re cool with either choice you make, at the least please share the song or video on facebook, tweet it, or share anywhere so it will help someone. “The Choice Is Yours.”
“Hey World! It’s a new day, keep your head up it will okay!” This hurting world needs to see there is hope in Christ. I know I need hope sometimes and it’s better to encourage yourself and help the people the around you instead of have a pity party, get depressed, and be of help to no one. This is for those who think there is no way out of bad situations. Always remember, it’s only temporary. Trouble doesn’t last always. Today is a new day! Yesterday is in the past. It’s time to shape a better tomorrow with good choices we make today. None of us are perfect, that’s why we gotta allow God to guide us. Whatever you’re dealing with, He can take care of it. Take it to Him in prayer and leave it there.
The opportunity came to visit my bro SaulPaul for a few gigs in Atlanta, GA. Afterwards, being the visionary he is and the work-a-holic I am, we decided it was time for another collaboration. We had done the single “Be Easy” from his debut album, ‘Remember The Name’ nearly a decade ago, and between that time and now, toured together thoughout the states as a duo and with the acoustic rap group Psalm Fresh. Now this time we wanted to make a video, with just us, chillaxin,’ with his acoustic guitar and my voice. The original video of “The BIBLE song (sing and rap)” had already gone viral, so it only made sense to do an acoustic version. It’s up on itunes right now and so far people are lovin’ this one too.
K Nikolas and I met over the internet through YouTube. We listened to each other’s music and knew we had to collab. So K Nik wrote the lyrics, produced the beat, and got his bro’s Jake and Tony on the guitars. I recorded my part and he mixed it all down. We then had “Last Known Address” (now on itunes) which one estatic viewer has called “an instant classic” – check the comments on YouTube ;D. Having a video was a part of the plan of course, so K Nik got his peeps in Fortuna, California together to shoot his scenes. Meanwhile, I got my peeps together to shoot my scenes in Austin, Texas. We sent video files back and forth as needed during the editing process and thus came the “LAST KNOWN ADDRESS official video.” We did a radio interview for the song on 95.5 FM in Eureka CA. I had to call in from Texas. All the host could think about when he heard Texas was cowboys and lassos, lol. With all we had to do to get this song and video done, promoting the video after all that fun called for more restless nights, but it’s reached nearly 30,000 people so far. I think it’s been a great effort on both parts keeping in mind we have not met in person yet.