An Edmonton rapper asked a stranger to lend him his red convertible for a video. The answer was yes

After lunch with colleagues at the Sugar Bowl restaurant in south-central Edmonton in June of this year, Adam Kaminski returned to his parked car and found a small piece of paper hidden under the windshield wipers.

“The first thing that popped into my head was someone crashed into my car,” Kaminski said. “So I was a little uncomfortable at first.”

But when he opened the letter, he found it was a beautifully written request from rapper Edmonton Ntwali Kayijaho, who wanted to use Kaminski’s red 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible in a music video.

Kaminski showed the letter to his wife and children at home; His daughter convinced him to accept the request.

“My daughter thought that was great and said, ‘Dad, you have to do this,'” he said.

6:11A helping hand to make a music video

Adam Kaminski borrowed his 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible to make the music video for the song Message to the Youth by musician Edmonton Ntwali Kayijaho.

A few days after he left the note, Kayijaho was at work when he received a text from Kaminski agreeing to lend him his car to shoot a music video for the rapper’s song. Message to young people.

An old red convertible car was parked outside on a sunny day.
Adam Kaminski’s 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible now has a role in a music video. (Adam Kaminsky)

The 26-year-old was born in Rwanda and moved to Edmonton in 2000 with his family.

He got into rap music after watching rappers like 50 Cent and Tupac Shakur. He says he is also inspired by artists like J-Cole and Kendrick Lamar.

Kayijaho started performing at the age of 16 and has since been on stage at the Fringe Festival and at local venues such as the Starlite Room. In January 2020, he opened for Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA at Winterruption YEG, a winter music festival.

He’s been trying to get a vintage car for his third music video since spring 2022. But it hasn’t been easy: when he discovered the car he liked, he lost it. it when entering traffic after the lights change color.

When he finally saw Kaminski’s car, Kayijaho – a believer in John 16:24, “Ask and it will be given you” – decided to take a chance by writing a note.

Two smiling men standing hugging each other outside on a sunny day.
Ntwali Kayijaho and Adam Kaminski got to know each other after Kayijaho left a message in Kaminski’s red convertible outside the Sugar Bowl restaurant. (Saint Diego)

Kayijaho said he is cautiously optimistic that everything will be okay.

“I wasn’t sure it was going to happen so my excitement was mixed with fear and anxiety, like what if it fell?” he say.

After several months of trying to get the schedule sorted, the two met on a sunny September day to make it happen.

The result was a 2 minute 36 second music video posted to YouTube on October 23. The video looks like a classic ’90s movie, with scenes of Kayijaho driving in a red convertible. down the familiar streets of central Edmonton.

Kayijaho has never driven a vintage car before and describes the whole experience as a “really amazing moment” for him.

“It’s great,” he said.

Kaminski bought the car from a colleague’s mother. He said he was looking to buy a red convertible and when he saw the 5.4 meter long machine, he knew right away he had to have it.

“It’s old and loud, loud and wonderful. That’s my favorite,” he said.

When there’s no snow on the ground, Kaminski uses the car as his main method of getting to places, like the summer afternoon Kayijaho discovered it.

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