Well at least you still got it done and I'm sure it came out fine.
Yeah, I'm not complaining. It's cool. It worked out for the best.
I know you still have another day of shooting left, but when is your estimated drop date for it?
There's going to be a little bit of a tedious task of the edit because this is not a typical… because of the concept. I don't want to say it because someone would be able to beat me to the punch if I said it. Without giving it away, what you're going to see is not going to be anything like a trailer. Hopefully, I would love to get it done and have it ready by no later than the second week of August. I'm on it, but it's going to be a little bit of a task with the editing because it's a really unique edit. It's not too far away though. And we got a lot of good footage last night.
Any memorable moments from the first day of shooting?
Good question. At a certain point, it looked like Mack and his co-star were actually on a date.
Go Mack! So we can expect to see some serious on-screen chemistry?
Yeah, there's definitely some temperature on the thermometer with their scene. His lead girl is Aimee Ovalles. She's a popular bottle girl on Instagram.
Have you ever had a weird encounter with a bottle girl? What's the inspiration behind all this?
This is what even made me write the record. From me doing hosting events through music and my TV personality appearances or whatever you want to call that, I used to believe everything that had a skimpy outfit was a stripper. I didn't know the difference between bottle girls and bartenders and strippers. I thought they were all the same creature. The first person who differentiated it for me was Lynda Rose. She's in this video and she's actually Troy Ave's lead girl in the "Your Style" video. When I saw her, I was like oh my gosh, who is this? What is this? I thought she stripped. I came at her like she stripped, like what up? She's like um, nothing. I'm just serving drinks. I was like, what do you mean? Dressed like that? She said yeah, I'm a bottle girl.
They reinvented the wheel. As I talked to her… I definitely have complete respect for her. It was my male ignorance. Men see no clothes and we automatically see no clothes. We don't know that she's not taking tips in the manner of somebody who would give you a wall dance or something like that. It's really just service while scantily clad.
I'm sure you're not the first person to make that mistake.
Just to elaborate more, I was just at a party club, I wasn't at a strip club. You know, there's a gentlemen's club, which is a strip joint and then there's like a 1 Oak or something like that. I might have been at Club System in Long Island City, and it was just a party party. It wasn't a strip club. When they came out, I thought, oh they got strippers! I didn't know there were going to be strippers there. That's why she was like no, I'm not a stripper. I'm a bottle girl. I just found it very intriguing and interesting the kind of following some bottle girls had via social networks. There's an energy with this. People are really enthralled and captivated by these women and their beauty. For me, like 5, 6 or 7 years ago you had all these other women. You had the Vida Guerrera and Esther [Baxter] and all the chicks that The Game named in his "Wouldn't Get Far" video, they were the ones. Now, especially in New York, these girls have a quarter of a million Instagram followers. Or even 80,000. You're touching a nerve when you hit that. That's an impactful number as far as having a base of people who get with what you're doing.
With social media, anyone can get a platform to have influence and build up their brand.
With me, even when I put the original version of it, I always looked at it in the manner of a tanning situation. Obviously it's been going on but sometimes it just takes the person who can articulate it correctly and let more people know what it is. In any sort of cool factor that comes along with it. That's all it is. They were already doing their thing. I see it, I peep it, I understand it.
I think that the challenge is just to make sure that they're all friends in the right way because obviously there've been many videos with many ladies, but I think these are the new potential faces that guys will fall in love with. You just want to make sure that you do it right. It's not a whore festival but then again at the same time, but it still gives what the Instagram followers have chosen to follow.
Yeah. Consistent with what's been going on. For me, it still has to look like hip hop even in the confines of dealing with that atmosphere. It was a play on a situation or a tanning of a situation. For me, it was just like hip hop. What if you did a record about all the bottle girls and just freak their names? And even bringing Mack into it, it gives it a fresh energy. I'm definitely excited for people to hear and see the record.
Do you plan to collaborate with Mack beyond this remix?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We got another one that's still in idea stages. Mack is super dope.
Is there anything else in the works your fans should be getting ready for?
I'm putting out Movies on Demand 5 definitely before Labor Day. For that and for my next album, I got some really dope records and collaborations. I'll give one joint away. I did a record with Kid Ink and Kid Capri that's retarded. That joint is crazy. Super crazy.
Anything else you want to add?
There are two records I want to talk about right now. The Kid Capri one and off the cuff, I have a record with Mark Crozer called "The Whole World." Mark Crozer is the guy who performs "Live in Fear." Thats the WWE Wyatt family's entrance music. We did a duet called "The Whole World" which is inspired by the Wyatt family story line and their characters. That's coming out. I'm shooting the video for that and it's coming out in August. It's really a big record.
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