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“My friends (always) supported me ... Watching them laugh and enjoy the short videos I put together inspired me to take it to the next level,” said Alonzo. “The greatest thing about all of my friends from back home is they see me as Matt, the kid they grew up with.”


Almost 10 years later, he is definitely at the next


reer was launched (SkeeTV is the #14 most watched YouTube channel and has had over 200 million streams). Within a month of being hired he directed Kardinal Offishall featuring The Clipse’s “Set It Off” and The Game featuring Travis Barker’s “Dope Boys.” The “Dope Boys” video was an instant Internet hit and currently has the third highest views on Skee TV at


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level. The turning point was getting his foot in the door at a concert in San Diego. While filming the opening act, Alonzo talked his way into filming the headliner, Lil Wayne. He cut up the footage from the song “Gossip,” put it on YouTube, and it quickly had over 2 million hits, setting the stage for the opportu- nity of a lifetime.


He was contacted by DJ Skee of SkeeTV and his ca- over 17 million.


“It was the greatest feeling ever,” said Alonzo of directing his first music video. “I had gone through a few tough months before, and I was unsure of where my career was headed so it was almost like some sort of redemption. It made me appreciate the position I was in, and it inspired me to continue pushing my career forward.”


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