Video: Dame Drummer - Get What You Gave

New art from Oakland by way of Cleveland's Dame Drummer. Dame continues to push the envelope and use his art to spark hard conversations. Peep the prep release: Get What You Gave Conceptualized, Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed and Mastered by: Dame Drummer Recorded at Zoolabs in Oakland, California Filmed and Directed by: NOBL Chief Lighting Technician/Gaffer: Benjamin Dennis This video was conducted as a social experiment to test the assumption that there needs to be a shift in thinking. A shift in power. A shift in mind body and spirit regarding racism in America and the rest of the free world. The song poses a real question that supersede the lyrics to the song. If you knew you were going to get what you gave would you still treat others the the way you do? Negatively or Positively: There is always a choice. "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Desmond Tutu "The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom." Paulo Freire This is the participants real-time reaction hearing "Get What You Gave" for the very first time. Follow him at https://www.instagram.com/damedrummer/ #DNA

Video: Rapsody - Ibtihaj ft. D'Angelo, GZA

As Rapsody inches closer to releasing her third studio album EVE, the North Carolina-bred MC has dropped a new visual for “Ibtihaj,” which was unveiled at New York City’s Times Square on Friday (August 2). Produced by 9th Wonder, the track also features heavy hitters D’Angelo and Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, who appear in the video alongside Mary J. Blige and Roxanne Shanté. According to the press release, the song’s title pays tribute to Ibtihaj Muhammad, a member of the United States national fencing team. In 2016, she became the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics. The lyrics revolve around having confidence in yourself and always being fearless. Rapsody's latest "EVE" is expected to arrive on August 23.

Nipsey Hussle & DJ Premier | The Premier Hussle (Full Album)

Word on the street is that there was a DJ Premier/Nipsey Hussle collaboration in the works prior to Nipsey Hussle's untimely demise last month, this remix/reimagining might be your best option unless there are some tracks in the vault. The project "The Premier Hussle" presented by Altered Crates & DJ Tiger puts Neighborhood Nip and Premier into an alternate universe where the listener can almost believe the synergy is real. DJ Tiger blends some of Premier's lesser known tracks with Nipsey's acapella's for the ultimate dream collabo Marvel issue of "What If?". Peep it out.
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Nimsins "It’s Been A Long Time Since I Cried- 6 Track EP

East Oakland's Lo-Fiction representer Nimsins releases the audio portion of "It’s Been A Long Time Since I Cried", describe by Nimsins as "an audio-visual journey into my psyche." Earlier this month the Lo-Fiction crew dropped visuals for "Nike Check" described in an KQED piece by OG Penn as " illustrates the permanent pursuit of the purse.

 

Official release statement:

Inspired By The Hyper-Masculinity and Misogyny instilled in Young Black Boys Primarily. Although it’s just as prominent in all boys of color.
This Ep is an ode to all the people out there who struggle with their emotions, repression, depression, and even being desensitized in your reality.

Each Track (besides the intro) has a visual which directly reflects the mood and energy of the said song. The First Visual Will Be Released March 1st.

The Entire Project Was Produced By; @jesusgt
Recorded /Mixed/Mastered By; Dj Ammbush @ammbush 

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Video: Fantastic Negrito "A Boy Named Andrew" (Directed by Freddy Macdonald)

Fantastic Negrito presents new visuals for his Grammy Award winning Best Contemporary Blues Album "Please Don't Be Dead" (his first Grammy for 2016's "The Last Days of Oakland"). "A Boy Named Andrew" takes the viewer through a series of Negrito's tour/concert performances as well as back stage footage, a day in the life of the artist bringing a different angle on contemporary Blues. Oakland represented to the fullest, tune in. 
On the release, Negrito states, “I was ‘A Boy Named Andrew.’ I grew up in foster care feeling like an outsider, and I wanted to write a song about it – about the real stories and real people I met that may not get their stories heard. The video was shot on location in Milan. We love Italy and the energy of the people there. It was directed by a talented 18 year old named Freddy Macdonald. Thanks Freddy for all your time and energy making this happen.”
Director: Freddy Macdonald Producer: Fred Macdonald Cinematographer: Sebastian Klinger Editor: Freddy Macdonald Production Company: Macdonald Entertainment Partners