“Trilogy” hits stores November 13th.
“On my recent i travels to California to mix my solo project, one of the most inspiring parts of the trip
was working with Yancy and his people from LNDL (Live Now Die Later). Heres some music we
created in my time in Pasadena. We’ve got an album coming in the near future, but
in the meantime…. Roll up n smoke to this.” -Crooklin
“The game is letting wack sh*t slide…”
New viz from KemiKAL as he starts the push for his debut release.
This is first in line of a few promo visuals set to drop leading up to the release of the debut original project “Elevator Music: Going Up”.
Dir. by Akhil Kamble (@akamble)
The homie Church spits some off the dome type bars on Much as the not so big Big Sean looks on.
Big Sean stopped by Toronto’s Much Music Live Broadcast Show before his scheduled concert and was introduced to one of the city’s favorite rappers, Church Chizzle.
Zaki‘s voice tho!
And another one off Every Opposite. Nice background context from Valino below too.
Directed/Filmed/Edited by: Mark Valino
Produced by: Giles Monette
Art Directed & Styled by: Jerisse de Juan
Something in the Water
By: Zaki Ibrahim
Produced by: DJ Catalist (Alister Johnson)
download the song here:
This video was shot Nuit Blanche 2011 in Toronto it was one of the most organic shoots that I’ve ever shot. I had the idea to shoot a guerilla music video at Nuit Blanche since the first one in Toronto. Incidentally Zaki was in town and had just created “Something In the Water” with Alister Johnson (DJ Catalist) not long before I had met them. Zaki had the same idea to shoot during Nuit Blanche and I think she was planning to shoot with another filmmaker. Being a huge Zaki Ibrahim fan and after hearing the song for the first time I had to shoot this video. It was the perfect project to do during Nuit Blanche. We chose a couple key location that we thought would work thematically with the song and the rest we just looked for light effects I could play with. There was a lot of play with frame rate giving it the scenes distinct looks. As a bonus Zaki had arranged for Jo Jo and some dancer friends to meet us at the first location which added so much to this video and help start the shoot on a good pace. It was not an easy shoot but my small but strong crew (Giles Monette Jerisse de Juan & Kit Knows) that came out last minute and held it together. It was also a cold wet shoot that was shot over 6 hrs of rain. I was sick the next day and had lost my voice but it was totally worth it. I edited most of the this on my laptop on a plane flying to another shooting job I had in the Phillippines and finished it on my first night in India. I’m very pleased with how the video turned out and as always hope that the visuals do the song justice.
It’s all coming together now…Been hearing Promise‘s “Make A Change” record on G98.7 lately but didn’t know it was an official release in collaboration with the Toronto Police. Interesting (and a good look). They all came together yesterday on G to discuss the violence in the city and here’s the full report courtesy of The Star. Peep the page for an acapella from Prom too (link at the bottom):
Hip hop hope: Police (Toronto’s finest) and Promise (the hip hop artist) release song.
After the summer of gun violence came the culture of silence. Now comes the hip hop track, the latest salvo from a police service looking to inspire and connect with the city and youth it serves.
After the Danzig shootings, the Toronto Police Service teamed up with local artist Promise Shepherd to release a song called “Make a Change.” It’s the service’s first venture into the biz, with lyrics that call for ownership of the city and an end to violence. Promise wrote the lyrics and performs the song with some help from artists Kaid and Liya.
From verse one of “Make a Change”: “It’s a cold world but some hot spots in my city, I find it hard to rep a block in my city. Screwface, T dot is my city, nowadays you don’t wanna be a cop in my city, or a citizen, witnessin’, caught in the city, movies ain’t the only things getting shot in my city.”
“Music has a way to transcend; we’re hoping it will be the most successful medium we’ve used to date to reach areas and see results,” Staff Insp. Tony Riviere, of 33 Division, told a crowd gathered at G98.7 FM Sunday afternoon.
“Until we can get cooperation from residents” in priority neighbourhoods where a lot of violence occurs, Riviere said, “we can’t reach a maximum impact. If music does that, great. If not, we find other mediums.”
The song is inspired by the fallout of this summer’s violence. After the Danzig homicides, Sgt. Rod Chung, also of 33 Division, was at home watching his kids dance and started thinking about the role music plays in how his children dress and speak.
I would like to be interviewed by this woman. That is all. Oh yea…shouts to Era.
JD Era speaks on his Nike commercial deal, touring w/Raekwon, kids & violence (interview with your girl @MdotOnTop for @DaxTV).
Directed by Gian Carlo.
The single’s available now on iTunes.
Previously: NEW MUSIC: TRISH “HI-YAH” (PROD. MAJOR MUSIC)
Previously: NEW MUSIC: Trish “Lovin’ U” (Prod. Major Music)
Directed by Bruce Carson for The N.E.
Get the full project now on iTunes!
record label: Wes Williams Inc.
production company: The NE Inc.
executive producer: John Nadalin & RT!
producer: Joe Alonzi
assistant director: Patrick Hepburn
director of photography: Dave Stuart
first assistant camera: Andrew Curr
B – camrea op: Kevin Packer
make up & hair: Andrea Burg
wardrobe stylist: Yossi Fisher
key grip: Caley Wilson
electric: Tony Rainer
casting: Olivia le Bihan
editor: Dan Racicot (aprespost)
colour house: Red Lab
Guest appearances by:
Mell….TONE MASON, Bill Yoon, Kristin Fairlie
Dwayne Morgan, Kaleb Simmonds, Miku Graham, Rich London, 2 Rude, Chris Champion, Mike Echlin, Omar Raid, Barry Walsh, Muneshine, Trish, DJ Mel Boogie, Mona Kiran, Sarah Forrest , Cle Bennet, Kyle (Kap) Oneoh, Evan Clifford , Huse Madhavji, Jim Cuddy, Saidah, baba Taliba, Kevin James, JD Era, Trix, Willy Stouts, Ivana Santilli, James Cybulski, Michie Mee, Ghettosocks, Che Kothari