Oakland, CA-based rapper Diesel Tyme recently released the music video for his single "Drank & My PJs." In it, he rocks a T-shirt adorned with Super Mario Bros. mushrooms, while his buddy, Dr. Jones, hangs a Nintendo Entertainment System controller around his neck in lieu of bling.
The video takes the idea of partying and clubbing the way most hip-hop artists portray them and changes them into something more…comfortable. “We wanted to show people you can have a good time, and you don’t have to worry about what other people are thinking,” Diesel told me over the phone. “You should be comfortable, and the best way to be comfortable is to be in your pajamas…and to be drunk.”
So what’s with the video-game-themed apparel and accessories?
“The mushroom shirt, that’s like a PJ shirt. You can see that I wear a Ninja Turtles one, too. And the NES, that’s from when we were kids. We used to play a lot of Duck Hunt.” Plus you never know when you might be at a party and need an extra controller — though Diesel told me that they accidently left the one from the video somewhere in Hollywood after a day of filming.
Although the independent rapper doesn’t consider himself to be a hardcore gamer, he says he plays a small but steady amount. He favors the simplicity of the NBA Live series (now called NBA Elite) to what he sees as the meticulous depth of the latest NBA 2K titles. “Video games should be fun…relaxing. I’m in my PJs!” says Diesel.
Download "Drank & My PJs" and hear more of Diesel Tyme's work on his Sound Cloud.