Video Premiere: Portland Rapper Dies, Buried Alive
Portland rapper Mike Bars drops the visuals for latest single Oh! (Buried Alive)
5 years after dropping the underground classic There Will Be Blood with SwizZz, Mike Bars is back from the dead in his biggest video yet, with his self produced single “Oh! (Buried Alive)” from his newest release, Desperate Measures.
Mike’s brand new EP “Desperate Measures”, featuring Jarren Benton, is available on all digital platforms now. Limited edition autographed hard copies, hoodies, beanies, shirts and crewnecks are available on www.MikeBars.Com!
Directed by Mike Bars and Cypress Jones
Shot by Cypress Jones
Drone Shots by Christian Nishioka
Editing, Color Correction and Special Effects by Mike Bars
Mike Bars as himself
Deepdown as Henchmen #1
Scott Mills as Henchmen #2
Gabe Gordon as Henchmen #3
Jacob Schwartzenhauer as Masked Man
Gabe Gordon as Masked Man
Kyle Gates as Henchmen #3/Nerd Mike stunt man
“We did this video for less than $100 and almost died at least 4 times shooting it, so huge thank you to everyone involved and everyone who shares, likes and comments! Barhead Army!” – Mike
Born and raised in a quiet neighborhood in Portland, Oregon– Mike Bars has never fit the mold you might expect from a hardcore rapper. With lyrics ranging from humor to pure paranoia–at times, even playing out like a murder fantasy–the Pacific Northwest native’s sleepy upbringing might come as a surprise to some. But every story has a dark undertone…and it wasn’t long before the threads of his childhood image would begin to unravel.
In his early teens, Mike began struggling to grip reality. The medications the doctors prescribed him for ADHD and anxiety only seemed to make things worse, and he began to spiral down a bad path, being forced to switch schools and enter counseling. It wasn’t until he ditched the pills that he discovered his own remedy: music.
Word spread fast. Becoming notorious for his outlandish and unorthodox image, he began gaining some attention from the blog circuit for his wild and hilarious debut music video “Grown Folks”. Not long after, he began opening for larger acts like T-Pain, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Three 6 Mafia, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright and Twista.
Five years later, Mike finds himself facing the new and frightening frontier of fame, and the reality of his dreams finally coming to fruition. On the verge of releasing a brand new eight-song EP Desperate Measures, with his leading single “Up to No Good” featuring Jarren Benton (which has already racked up one million views on YouTube), Mike prepares to delve deeper into the production side of things, and helm an innovative new sound as he plunges back into spotlight.