Every now and then, we all need some comic relief...
Just the other day, of my friends sent a me a link over IM of this video on YouTube. To my surprise it was a music video parody of Thai Ngo and Khanh Ngo's Vietnamese Gang by some white guys. I laughed really hard when I first saw it because it was absolutely hilarious!! Never in my life I would never imagine white guys making a music video of Vietnamese Gang and secondly, I would never imagine them throwing in random things in the music video such as a guy eating a sandwich, necklace chains of shoes and teddy bears, and bananas. Heck, you even got to give these guys mad props for even lip-syncing the Vietnamese part by Khanh Nho. This is an extremely funny video hahaha. If you don't find this video funny, something is seriously wrong with you...
I caught up with the guys at Turtle Neck Visual and they gave me a short interview about their music video:
ROYAL: What's up Turtle Neck Visual?
SCORPION: Hey whats up! Thanks for posting our video and interviewing us.
ROYAL: Tell us how did you get the name Turtle Neck Visual. What's the story behind it?
SCORPION: Actually that name is based off of our alter ego characters. You'll have to wait for that music video to be posted in November. It's our first original song... It should explain the name.
ROYAL: Where you guys from?
SCORPION: Liu here is actually from Spain despite his Asian appearance. I, Scorpion, am from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ROYAL: How did you first hear about Vietnamese Gang?
SCORPION: Shout out to Barney and Tre, some of our Asian friends, for exposing us to some awesome Asian rap artists about 6 years ago such as Thai, Khanh Nho, and Jinusean and we've been hooked since.
ROYAL: Tell us why did you decide to make a music video of Vietnamese Gang?
SCORPION: We wanted to practice our video making skills with some of our favorite music. This song in particular has a dark, heavy sound. The comedic touch was a good contrast to the dark sound. We also realized how impressed our friends were as we recited the Vietnamese lyrics, however poor the pronunciation... Really we just love music and making people laugh.
ROYAL: LOL why is one of the guys eating a sandwich in the video?
SCORPION: Haha, a classic scene! Gangstas cannot neglect the importance of nutrition... We actually don't know why. It started as a pre-shoot snack but was then incorporated into the scene. Turned out to be a hilarious addition to a hardcore rap video.
ROYAL: You also feature bananas in your video and slapped some guy with it. What's with the bananas in the video?
SCORPION: Bananas... that fellow we slapped represents intolerance to comedy, to music, to new ideas. Anybody thats too close-minded needs to be banana-slapped so that they see how ridiculous they are. And a banana robbery is kind of a protest to all the senseless violence and greed. lol, maybe we just wanted to be funny and we really weren't thinking that deeply.
ROYAL: Also, tell us about what other video you have in the works from your video production company?
SCORPION: We have some original songs soon to be released. Also some collaborations with local comedians and hip hop artists. And of course more fan-videos to songs that already exist. Definitely more asian songs will become videos.
ROYAL: Where can we find more of your videos?
SCORPION: Right now the only place is on youtube.com/turtleneckvisual. Hopefully our website will be up and running soon. In the meantime check out our Mortal Kombat video and patiently wait for more!
ROYAL: Anything else you want to say to the audience reading this from Asian Rap Worldwide?
SCORPION: Thanks for your time and we appreciate anyone who gives our videos a chance. We're just here trying to spread the love of music and comedy through the power of video making.
ROYAL: Thank you, your video was a blast. We wish you guys all the best.