It was a spur-of-the-moment factor: A fast TikTok video shot in a Maryland playground.
However that quick video — 30 seconds of rapper Logan Kenneth Lengthy freestyling to a beat — has led to some massive issues for the Cape Coral resident.
The June 27 video went viral, ultimately racking up 5.6 million views on TikTok (and counting). And now it’s landed Lengthy on a nationwide TV present.
Lengthy — who raps underneath the title jusLo — will likely be featured Friday night time on the CBS present “The Best #AtHome Movies.” The present options viral house movies from social media.
It is going to be Lengthy’s first-ever TV look.
“Honestly, man, it’s just pretty surreal,” says Lengthy, 23, who lately moved again to Cape Coral after residing in Tallahassee. “All of this is moving pretty quickly. … It’s just crazy.”
Lengthy shot the video whereas attending a buddy’s bachelor occasion in Maryland. He grabbed one other buddy, Micah Meredith, they usually headed to a playground for the shoot.
The video reveals Lengthy freestyling to a few random phrases from Meredith: Philanthropy, astronomical and frostbite. It is a part of a sequence of TikTok movies Lengthy calls the “3 Word Freestyle Challenge.”
“I’ve always been a freestyle guy,” says Lengthy, who grew up in Cape Coral and graduated from Fort MyersSouthwest Florida Christian Academy in 2015. “It’s just something I’ve always done.”
Towards the top of the second take, one thing surprising occurred: A gust of wind knocked Lengthy’s cellphone off the swingset because it was recording — on the actual second he had completed his final bar.
He took it as an indication.
“That’s acquired to be the one, proper?” he says. “It was like God dropping the mic for me. It was pretty incredible.”
The TV present’s producers apparently appreciated it, too. Lengthy posted the video on June 27, and someday after that he acquired a direct message from them on Instagram.
He ignored it, at first, considering it was spam. Then they despatched him an e-mail, and he realized it was the true deal.
Lengthy ended up sending them an extended model of the video. He didn’t must go to Los Angeles for a taping, so he’s not solely certain what to anticipate Friday.
CBS publicist Jordan Lane Kowalski didn’t have any particulars in regards to the phase, however she mentioned movies on the present are sometimes grouped collectively in classes. This week’s episode will characteristic different musical moments, too, together with beatboxers, a household of guitarists and driveway musicals.
The episode airs at eight p.m. The present is hosted by actor/comic Cedric the Entertainer.
Lengthy plans to look at the present along with his girlfriend and oldsters in Cape Coral. They’ll file it, too, to allow them to watch it many times.
He says he’s excited in regards to the nationwide publicity and the way it may enhance his music profession. He hopes to maneuver to Los Angeles quickly.
“I’m just thankful,” he says. “I’m taking every day and living in the moment and just appreciating everything.”
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