Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rapper Suntonio Bandanaz's Video Shoot Freaks Out First Hill

Posted by on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

And the reason why the video shoot alarmed several citizens and drew the heat? King 5:

Officers went to the rooftop of The Madison Apartments in response to several concerned phone calls. When they arrived, Seattle Police say that as many as six suspects were on the roof, carrying rifles and handguns.

They were also dressed in tactical gear, and one was carrying two ammunition magazines and a rifle. Upon closer inspection, police say they were able to determine the weapons were very realistic-looking replicas, and were being used in a music video the group was shooting.
Neighbors watching it unfold and snapped pictures from their high-rise windows in nearby buildings.

I know and respect Suntonio Bandanaz. He is one of the best rappers in town and he has consistently released solid (and usually progressive) work. But this time around, he was not using all of his smarts. He was playing with fire. That video shoot could easily have ended in a real shooting: real guns against fake ones. He must count himself lucky to be black, alive, and rapping today....


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This things require various permits from various local authorities. If they hadn't gotten the permits, I'd blame whoever was in charge of production, which I wouldn't expect to be the rapper himself, unless it's some kind of real amateur sort of deal.

That would be like blaming the lead actor if it were a film shoot.
Posted by GermanSausage on March 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Report this
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dnt trust me 4
Guns are cool. Just ask Goldie and Hollywood.
Posted by dnt trust me on March 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Dougsf 5
Many years ago some friends of mine were shooting a student film with fake guns and all ended up cuffed face down with Atlanta PDs boots in the back of their heads. Lesson learned.

Guerrilla filming is the way you gotta do it sometimes, but if you're gonna play guns, you best keep those scenes indoors or a completely secluded environment.

Also, never never never never never never never film with a real gun as a prop, no matter how unloaded you think it is. Never.
Posted by Dougsf on March 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM · Report this
lark 6
Good Afternoon Charles,
Yeah, I read about that in the Seattle Times this morning. Clearly, someone forgot to do their homework from the production team. At least no one got hurt.

Personally, I no longer am into music videos especially ones that feature guns as props. Just think it a bad idea.
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icouldliveinhope 8
Didn't the concerned neighbors see, like, cameras or anything?
Posted by icouldliveinhope on March 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM · Report this

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