Directed by Nick Palmer, “Bye My Lonely (Warped Tour Diary)” chronicles MC Bravado closing the book on his career as a High School English Teacher and leaving town to join the Vans Warped Tour in Summer 2018, just days after the untimely passing of his roommate. One devastating loss was immediately followed by another, as one of Bravado’s childhood friends died suddenly, only one week into his cross-country trek. Produced by Militant Marxman, the song and visual tell a story of pursuing your destiny in the face of grief and forging meaningful new bonds through a newfound acceptance of vulnerability.
The video has the look and feel of a journal entry from a notebook full of sketches, scribbles, and tears on its college ruled pages. Editor Mike Jon collects Palmer’s scenes from the RV stumbling through state lines and interweaves them with photos of Bravado’s friends to produce the effect of memories permeating the present: “This is the closest thing to a living diary that I’ve ever been able to create. It was the worst time of my life and the best time of my life simultaneously, the full gamut of life’s feels; I was brought to my knees yet somehow maintaining a full sprint, so above everything, it affirmed that nothing would prevent me from making a career out of music.”
With the aforementioned major touring, festivals (SXSW, A3C), and collabs with Hip-Hop heavyweights (Joell Ortiz, Statik Selektah) under his belt, MC Bravado has proven to be one of the most accomplished and formidable wordsmiths in the DMV. While he’s realized his dream of becoming a full-time artist, MC B remains passionate about working with at-risk youth and continues to do so through nonprofit music education programs like Beats Not Bullets. “Bye My Lonely (Warped Tour Diary)” is the final visual from MC Bravado’s acclaimed The Living Game album, stream the project here and follow MC Bravado to keep up with what is shaping up to be a massive 2022: