Imagine for a moment if Tony Soprano
lived not in NJ but in da Bay. This is exactly what Bay Area resident, YouTube
member, and local hip-hop artist EmceeT
visualized before he went out and shot and edited (directed by ZTY Media) the inspired above video clip, spoofing the intro to the popular, and sadly defunct, HBO
series The Sopranos.
In the "Yay" version Emcee T (aka The Chinese King of the Bay
winds his way through various parts of the Bay Area in his whip with cigar (or blunt?) in mouth, and capturing along the way shots of such familar sights as the Bay Bridge and its toll-booth, the Caldecott tunnel, that big ole bow-and-arrow sculpture & the palm trees along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, the Martinez Oil refineries, the Showgirls Strip Club, Casino San Pablo, Oakland Port, the infamous Mac Dre
mural (off Harrison Street in SF), SFPD patrol cars, Lake Merritt mural, and at the end (in true Tony Soprano style), Emcee T's own house. Click here
for more of Emcee T's videos, here for his MySpace
, and for general info on "the real emcee" Emcee T, visit his website
And in case you want to compare it with the original shot in New Jersey, it's below for your viewing pleasure. By the way, the song used in the Sopranos
intro is by the group A3
and is titled (not too surprisingly) "Woke Up This Morning."
The full version, which is available on the Sopranos
soundtrack (look for it at Amoeba Music) is a really great song with a nice slow build-up and then towards the end it goes into a rap, clocking in at about five plus minutes compared to the television show intro version which is a bit under two minutes.