“Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality… that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hallmark of excellence.”
-Orison Swett Marden
“I just want people to take this concert and this 20 year anniversary serious as far as it being a real black history month,” says So So Def founder and record producer Jermaine Dupri about the southern rap label’s upcoming anniversary bash in Atlanta. “It’s like 15 black artists coming together to do a show for the fans.” Artists like Da Brat, Bow Wow, Xscape and Kris Kross. Dupri also reflects on the time TLC’s late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes lived in the closet at his mom’s house in an interview with The Booth’s Joe Clair. Hey, everybody’s got to start somewhere.
Atlanta, GA — Daniel Blumen’s Bar Mitzvah is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, and he wants you to save the date.
So he recorded this professional level rap video to remind you. So far, Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah music video has about 70,000 page views so hopefully his parents rented a large hall for the party.
As Daniel, who judging by his gear appears to be a big fan of the Atlanta Braves and Falcons, raps in the video,
“Welcome to Atlanta where the playas play, hoping you can make my Bar Mitzvah day,
“13 years since I was born, and the party won’t stop until Sunday morn.”
The Bar Mitzvah is the traditional coming-of-age religious ceremony (usually at age 13) in Judaism followed by a celebration that can be relatively modest like a birthday party or as elaborate and over the top as a wedding reception, or somewhere in between.
Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah rap video is apparently a remake of the “Welcome to Atlanta” music video by Ludacris. Daniel’s mom Liz said that her son “familiarized himself with the song (the clean version) and began writing the lyrics with a little help from the family’s Bar Mitzvah DJ,” according to ABC News. The Atlanta footage featuring various city landmarks was reportedly shot in one day.
Daniel — or at least his parents who are attorneys in a big Atlanta law firm — seems to be well connected to some of Atlanta’s movers and shakers who make cameo appearances in the video. And if this professional music video invite is any indication, who knows how much his parents will be shelling out on the Bar Mitzvah reception itself, including as Daniel says, “straight kosher munchin’ .”
Daniel’s father Rick wouldn’t reveal how much the rap video production cost, but added that “it was not expensive. The paper invitations are more expensive, and they are not fancy,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Heeb Magazine was quite impressed with the effort Daniel and the production staff put into the pre-Bar Mitzvah rap video:
“All we can say is: With that much effort going into a save-the-date video, this kid had better nail his Torah portion. Still, soon-to-be-a-man Daniel we say to you: Mazal tov, and well done!”