I’ve often commented on how the Internet’s weird rise in popularity and use over the last 15 years. It went from being something reserved for nerds and nerds only to a booming place of many cultures producing content and pushing creativity forward. When YouTube arrived we had all kinds of content being pushed on the website, but a lot of people weren’t just going to Youtube for new content. They were being directed there in some way shape or form. It wasn’t until the 2010s when YouTube’s presence began to significantly increase on the internet. Ad opportunities were a dime a dozen and content creators started making an honest income.
What about those who consistently pumped out content in between? They sort of got lost in the shuffle, and while they may have made something off what they did, it’s a crime that some of these channels didn’t get the popularity that not so talented vine turned YouTube stars receive nowadays.
FILNOBEP, also known as Broken Equipment Productions, was a YouTube channel started by two brothers: Twin and FatKid back in 2007. Their first ever video was the infamous “Birdman and Lil Wayne” series, which made its way to World Star Hip-Hop, launching the video into viral status.
This was great for the channel, and even though some of those views were siphoned by WSHH, people began to check out the channel and what it had to offer.
The duo continued making episodic comedy videos (Birdman/Wayne, Dipset The Movie, We Are Young Money and Gucci/OJ Da Juiceman) as well as parodies. The channel’s work became so well known that we of course got some offshoots. You can look around YouTube and see plenty of channels that were influenced by BEP’s style and substance, one of the most well known ones being “Be Your Own Boss Ent”, creator of “Shawt Bus Shawty”
FILNOBEP’s content created a corner for trap parodies by really talented people. It also created an animated foray into poking at an element of rap that hadn’t really been parodied on outside of people complaining about the subgenre at large.
What made BEP’s parodies stand out is that they actually sound like songs the artists would make with things they may actually say, just overly exaggerated. Take for example, an extensive parody that featured T-Pain, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Trae Tha Truth, Diddy, Drake, Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Jadakiss done over Childish Gambino’s “Eat Your Vegetables” beat (a remix of Aquatic Ambiance from Donkey Kong Country….not that you care).
The channel has gone dormant over the last year or so, reducing their video output before uploading their last video in February of 2017. It’s a shame that they’ll likely never get the recognition they deserve for essentially taking a category on YouTube and propelling it to a respectable level. They were talented musicians outside of the parodies, and I’m hopeful that their disappearance from YouTube has to do with a desire to focus on other passions of thiers. Either way, I’m grateful for the content FILNOBEP gave us for a decade.