When Wausau resident Alex Grant shot a video of a rap performance at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2018, he never could have imagined that one day he would be directing and editing a music video in Ripon with that same rapper.
That was the beginning of what developed into a collaborative friendship between Grant and Raphiell Ford, who goes by the stage name Mayyh3m.
Back then, Grant was working in the University Centers Marketing team at UW-Stevens Point during his final year of college. Shortly after, Grant sent his video to Ford after it was edited, kick-starting a cordial relationship between the two.
“From there, I just dived right into his music and he really enjoyed the video,” Grant said. “That was the introduction. It was just a random concert.”
Fast forward to 2021 and the two reconnected to film a music video for Ford’s song “The Truth” at The Heist in Ripon, utilizing multiple rooms inside the building.
The shoot took place last week Saturday and took most of the day to complete. They began filming last week Saturday around 9 a.m. and finished Sunday around noon.