Eat Pie or Die Tryin'
Striving to be the next parodist prodigy, Ryan "Pieman" McArthur picks up where the phenomenal musical comedian, "Weird Al" Yankovic, left off. Pieman sets himself apart from other underground and YouTube parodists by exposing his own creative, easy-going personality into his music. Pieman parodies popular genres like Hip-Hop/R&B, Alternative Rock, and Pop. Ryan Everett McArthur was born May 3, 1994 in Lake Charles, LA along with his older brother, Marcus, born April 14, 1993. As an infant, his parents filed for divorce, which led to limited visitations to his father. This left Ryan's mom as a single mother. His mother was concerned about putting her children in public schools too early, so at the age of 6, Ryan and his brother were Home Schooled. In result of this, Ryan started public school in the 2nd grade and was virtually more advanced than his classmates. During his years in public school, Ryan became involved in performing arts and music composition classes in his Elementary school. Outside of school, Ryan's dealt with family issues that resulted in him taking a turn for the worst. Ryan's father got remarried. Ryan's new stepmother was physically abusive to Ryan and his brother. After months of Ryan's father pushing his argument of full custody of the children, Marcus, Ryan's brother decided to move with his father. Ryan was 9 years old. Later, Ryan experienced some negativity at his school. Due to a verbal incident at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in his 4th grade year, Ryan was suspended from the school. To avoid legal actions, Ryan was forced to attend Ralph Wilson Elementary, a slightly run-down, inner city school. Ralph Wilson helped Ryan adapt a taste for Hip-Hop/R&B and Rap music, with his favorite artist being Lil' Wayne. Later, he reinstated his passion for performing arts by participating and winning Junior/Child Talent Shows by lip-singing popular songs at the time. Disregarding his past school year experiences, Ryan's Middle School days helped launch his career. As a 6th grader at S.J. Welsh Middle School, the students were required to remain seated in the school courtyard for assembly until the school bell rang. Every Friday, Ryan's friends would host their own "Freestyle Friday", in which everyone (including teachers) gathered around a table where one student makes a rhythmic beat on the table while other students make their own freestyle raps. One Friday, Ryan was dared, and paid, to participate in Freestyle Friday, which was his first time in his life performing a song that he actually made without preparation. With his comedic lyrics, he stole the show. The next week, he decided to change up his rhyming platform. Instead of rapping about money, cars, and girls like everyone else did, he wanted to rap about pie just for kicks. With his "pie freestyle", Ryan received the nickname "Pieman" which stuck with him until this day. Later in Middle School, Pieman pushed toward his musical ambitions. Now, instead of performing songs made by other artists, Pieman started creating his own comedic parodies of present day radio hits. His first song was a parody of Lil' Jon's hit song, "Snap Ya Fingers", that he named, "Eatcha Pie", a song plainly about his love of pie and everything about it. He used this song to win each and every talent show he competed in, Child or Open-Entry. To continue his musical ambitions through High School, Pieman knew the best thing to do was to move to Houston, TX with his father. This created a lot of tension in the McArthur household, but eventually, his mother realized it was an acceptable decision. Now, living with his father, brother, and his new, and nurturing stepmother, they then moved to a town neighboring Houston called Katy, TX. There, Ryan attended Katy High School, where they have a legacy of Academic and Athletic excellence. This is where Pieman made his first "at-home" album entitled "Pieman 4 Life" in the 9th grade. Selling it locally in areas of Katy and Houston, Pieman caught the attention of ACT-SO, a program created by the NAACP to promote the success of African-American teens by exposing their knowledge of business management, sciences, and performing arts. Ryan competed in the Entrepreneur category but, unfortunately for the day of competition, he did not win. That didn't bring his hopes down too far though because during his 10th grade year, Pieman produced another "at-home" album that violently exceeded his first in the areas of sound quality, lyrical diversity, and song choice. This album was entitled "Not The Same." The only downside to this CD was that is had no cover. Ryan had to resort to using pens and permanent markers to label the CD. "If your song were bad, I would never touch this CD", said executives that he met. But the CD got attention of radio stations and his School District that wanted him to create projects for them to display in order to promote him. Ryan created his last "at-home" album his 11th grade year and it topped every last one that he made. He made it look as professional as possible. This album was entitled, "Eat Pie or Die Tryin'." The cover for this album was intended to parody the cover or 50 Cent's album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." Ryan is currently an 11th grader at Katy High. He is an Honor Student, Football Player, attending the Miller Career and Technology Center studying their Audio Production Program to later become a Certified Sound Engineer, and distributing his new album in order to launch a professional career. Ryan's primary goal in the future is to surpass the success of "Weird Al" Yankovic's legacy.