Teens silence bullies with their hit rap music video

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Teens silence bullies with their hit rap music video thumbnail Music video ‘The Return’ has been quickly gaining hits on YouTube and stars friends Tom Wilson and Nathaniel Clark as well as a performance by 7-year-old Jay Carron. Images courtesy of YouTube

IT'S said that humour can be a powerful weapon, and for two creative County Armagh teenagers that's certainly been the case when they hit back at their bullies with a four-minute video which is quickly becoming an online hit.

Seventeen-year-old friends Tom Wilson from Richhill and Nathaniel Clark, who hails from Tandragee, both attend the Southern Regional College in Armagh and together enjoy uploading prank videos to YouTube.

This sparked a backlash from other young people - online and off - prompting Nathaniel to write an anti-bullying rap in response, forming the basis of their video, 'The Return' which is currently racking up the hits online.

Speaking about the reason behind it, Tom told the Ulster Gazette: "My friend Nathaniel and I make funny videos for Nathaniel's channel, Gigante and we were really getting put down for it. People were just making fun of us, so Nathaniel decided to write the song in response to all of that.

"He wrote it in a week and then we recorded it with our friend Jack Leeman in SRC who studies music."

The video - which was shot by their friend, media student, Peter Johnston - features Tom, Nathaniel and seven-year-old, Jay Carron, who is Nathaniel's nephew. And while the sound may be completely urban, it's rural locations that form the visual backdrop to the track.

"We shot the video in two days at places such as the waterfall at Clare Glen, a field in Tandragee as well as Richhill," explains Tom.

The track's lyrics have a strong message to anyone who may be experiencing bullying:

"You gotta live your dream, you gotta roll that dice
It won't ever be easy but remember my advice."

One of Tom's favourite parts of the video, however, is Jay's performance.

"He's really good in it, he really delivers his lyrics brilliantly, " he explained.

The response from family and friends has been fantastic, Tom added, but perhaps it's the reaction from the bullies that has been the most gratifying;

"We've not had a word out of them since the video went up," he revealed. "The comments, everything, it's just stopped."

In fact Tom loved the creative process of making 'The Return' so much that he's keen to do more.

"Since it was all put together, and hearing everyone's responses, we definitely want to make more videos," he said


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