Daniel Blumen wants to welcome you to Atlanta. The soon to be 13 year old and his family have put together a charming rap video to say as much.
Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah is set for this coming May and instead of making up a slew of cards to mail out, the family decided to do something a little more creative. Their Save the Date video is a lovable remake of 2002′s popular “Welcome to Atlanta” music video by Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris.
Rapping lines like, “Now I get top billing and I’m just chilling. Just wish I weren’t allergic to Penicillin,” Daniel is definitely the star of the video, but staying true to the original, there are plenty of big name cameos. Throughout, Daniel is shown hanging with Mayor Kasim Reed, “talking much smack with Shaq and Barkley,” DJing with Frank Ski, and even Ne-Yo makes an appearance.
The video features shots from all the Atlanta hot spots like Turner Field, World of Coca-Cola, the TNT studios, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Most of Daniel’s (or D Mazel Tov’s) lyrics are Bar Mitzvah themed – “Just read from the Torah…and when it’s finished, you know I’m not a kid anymore-ah.”
“We wanted to do something kind of fun to get people excited [about the Bar Mitzvah],” Liz Price, Daniel’s mother, told ABC News. Price said the inspiration came from seeing a New York friend’s own Save the Date video fashioned as a remake of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”
“We wanted to make it about Atlanta,” Price said while talking about the choice of “Welcome to Atlanta.”
Price said Daniel familiarized himself with the song (the clean version) and began writing the lyrics with a little help from the family’s Bar Mitzvah DJ, DJ Keith. Most of the footage around town was shot all in one day and all the production was handled by Gabi Chennisi, Brenden Duncombe-Smith, and DJ Keith.
When asked how the family managed to pull together the impressive cast of celebrities they got for the video, Price said that it “all happened through friends of friends.”
Daniel will turn 13 on Friday, May 10, but he’s hoping friends and family can make his Saturday “Bar Mitzvah day” where the “party won’t stop till Sunday mornin’.”