W.A.R Media & Soulspazm Records are proud to present Mela Machinko’s debut “Hov Said It Best” coming out June 25th. However as pleased as we are, we’ve been met with some less than flattering feedback about it. See what Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Torae, Skyzoo & a host of others had to say.
In just a few more weeks, the Hip-Hop community will be given new voice and guidance through the release of an exceptional new documentary. Today, REEM Docs is proud to offer the first look at this groundbreaking film, DEMOS: An Independent Artist’s Guide To Success, as the first in a series of events leading up to the film’s May 22, 2013 release.
Two years ago, DEMOS creator and budding documentarian Kareem Fort set out to show the world alternate view of success in Hip-Hop. As COO of HiPNOTT Records, Fort knew first hand that, contrary to popular belief, success as an independent Hip-Hop artists is more than attainable; it happens daily, across the globe, in so many ways. Fort embarked on a journey to bring new light to not only the countless artists who have found success outside of the major label system, but also to the myriad ways in which they have created that success. The result is unrivaled resource that aims to inspire and educate aspiring Hip-Hop artists with the experiences, advice and proven techniques recounted by an elite group of Hip-Hop legends, successful independent Hip-Hop artists, and industry tastemakers covering the entire span of music culture.
Narrated by critically acclaimed artist Skyzoo, DEMOS features interviews with a wide range of artists, from newcomers like Hopsin and Nitty Scott MC to more established indie Hip-Hop veterans like Jean Grae, El Prez, Torae, and Mikkey Halstead, and even the likes of Rapper Big Pooh, Talib Kweli, Freeway and Naughty By Nature, who have seen both sides of the “indie vs. major” debate. In addition to the unique viewpoint provided by the featured artists, DEMOS also draws from the expertise of producers including NO I.D., !LLMIND, and Needlz as well as a cross-section of industry execs and journalists, including Fusicology founder Asya Shein.
In the weeks leading up to the official release of DEMOS, which will occur as a simulcast across several digital platforms on May 22, Kareem Fort, Skyzoo and several of the other voices that have contributed to the film will be traveling across the country presenting the movie and engaging audiences in panel and townhall-style discussions about the topics it raises. The first of these screenings is set to occur on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, FL from Noon to 2p.m. EST. The film’s release will also be supported by DEMOS: The Web Series, a ten-week long collection of outtakes and interviews from the film, set to launch in late February.
Both director/creator Kareem Fort and narrator Skyzoo are currently available for interviews to support your coverage of the film. For all media inquiries or to schedule a screening, please contact project manager Tai Saint-Louis at firstname.lastname@example.org. For your convenience, we have included a link to first trailer below.
For updates and additional information on screenings, other DEMOS events and news, please visit the film’s online home at www.demosdocumentary.com or follow the film at Twitter.com/DemosDocFilm.
HOTvsDOPE was founded by J-Live. J-Live tours worldwide as an emcee and a deejay, but has started this party as his main residency in Atlanta GA. Each party will feature two deejays going round robin and two visual artists with their work on display. The goal is to cultivate an environment where the best of popular music isn’t shunned, but can share a space with lesser known but also high quality tracks. Hot Vs Dope is about going out to a party and not hearing the same old club music. Selecting the best of commercial and underground, major label and indie. From the pop to the avant garde.
New full video for Jean Grae’s “Kill Screen,” bonus track off Gotham Down.
Jean Grae‘s ”Kill Screen” saga continues today. Having whipped up a frenzy with the song itself and last week’s mysterious video trailer, she’s now released the full-length flick for the Gotham Down bonus cut. Shot, directed and edited by Ms. Greasy herself, it’s a suitably noir and witty accompaniment to the track that features a bloody Grae and a host of subliminal images. Grae herself calls the video “an Easter egg hunt,” adding that “there are single-frame clues and messages and extra videos hidden within the video.” Let the hunt begin!
New trailer for Jean Grae’s “Kill Screen,” full video out September 24th.
It seems like just yesterday Jean Grae dropped “Kill Screen,” a bonus song to her forthcoming album Gotham Down (out December 11). The track set the internet ablaze, with 683 syllables that wove together pop culture-referencing rhymes and sweet video game samples. Now the cult of “Kill Screen” turns mysterious with this teaser trailer for the forthcoming video.
“This is the trailer to the “Kill Screen” video. I can make trailers to videos because I can do whatever I want,” Grae told Hive in an email. “I’m taking ice cream from a child right now. You can’t stop me. It doesn’t have unicorns in it, but it’s gonna be awesome anyway. Enjoy this and be confused until Monday. I love you!”
I Don’t Camouflage is proud to exclusively feature the first female for this series, Jean Grae. Born to South African Jazz musicians Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim, Jean Grae shares her child memories, her cultural influences from her family, race, and her take on this generation. Make sure to find out why she had to cut her hair too!
Shot, Directed and Edited By: Aiko Tanaka
Music (Instrumentals) By:
Jean Grae “Love Thirst” (Produced by 9th Wonder)
Jean Grae “Shook” (Produced by CRADA)
Jean Grae “No Doubt” (Produced by Nasain Nahmeen)
Jean Grae “Assassins” (Produced by M-Phazes)
Jean Grae “Casebasket” (Produced by Boogie Blind)
Jean Grae “U & Me & Everyone We Know” (Produced by M-Phazes)
Jean Grae “8″ (Produced by 9th Wonder)
Jean Grae “It’s Still a Love Song” (Produced By Blue Sky Black Death)