On Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 2013, four members of the once most dominant crew in the Orange County Underground Hip Hop scene, Youth International Party (YIP), released a long overdue comeback collaboration song & video titled “Keep It Kingly.” The song is by Ras Ceylon & Lastman featuring some freestyle chants by Buxaburn and produced byDawit Justice. Needless to say… it was like a breath of fresh air.
As YIP was predominantly a Rasta-minded crew, the song is an expression of those sentiments. Rastas look up to Emperor Haile Selassie, of Ethiopia, as an example of royalty, dignity & nobility. Hence, the title of the song, “Keep it Kingly.”
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After seeing the video on the day it premiered, I was inspired. I, being one of the founding members, felt it was my duty to salute my fellow YI’s with a response song & video. I proceeded to make the necessary calls to get ahold of the instrumental & acapella for their song. I wrote a 16 bar verse that touches on our history in OC and also expresses a different concept of what “Keep it Kingly” means to me, as a Five Percenter.
By the following Saturday morning my verse was written and all the files that I needed to make my response was in my inbox. I went to work! In less than 12 hours I recorded, mixed, mastered, uploaded and released the song… and shot, edited, uploaded and premiered the video! I was in Full-Time-Grind mode!
In the video, which is nothing spectacular, since I only shot a couple takes and avoided using special effects, I’m standing in front of a garage door with the number 11. The 11th letter in the alphabet is K… and in the Supreme Alphabet, K stands for King or Kingdom. A king is a man that rules his kingdom in righteousness. A king lays down the law of the land. A king takes care of and protects the people within his kingdom (home). A King is a man who loves and respects his Queen!
So with all that being said… WATCH MY RESPONSE VIDEO!
DOWNLOAD THE RESPONSE HERE: