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

Video: STONEY HAWK (SUNSPOT JONZ & APLUS) JUST LIKE THAT

Bay Area Icons Sunspot Jonz & A-Plus connect for Stoney Hawk!
Outhouse Records: SUPRISE SECRET ALBUM ALERT!! Sunspot Jonz(LIVING LEGENDS) and A-Plus (HIEROGLYPHICS) are STONEY HAWK!!! New collaboration album dropped New Year’s Day! This is the first collab album putting together the Voltron force of Living Legends and Hieroglyphics! Every track is pure slap! Check for it on all streaming sources and start your year off by bumping that underground dopeness!!! Track Produced by A-Plus --Animation by Corey Johnson-- Directed by Catero Colbert & Sunspot Jonz--- Dank Bandito Brothers Productions
Shout out A-Plus reppin DNA lovely with the 1st Generation Drums & Ammo T! 

 

 

This; That; and the Third: The Mogli (Dragon School) Interview

 

In this episode of "This; That; and the Third" DJ Ammbush kicks the year off with Drummer/Photographer/Videographer and all around creative Mogli. Mogli reps Oakland's Dragon School, a non profit that provides "youth and the general public a unique place to experiment, collaborate and develop community ownership via artistic avenues. Dragon School's method re-imagines the neighborhood as a shared culture of art, where unity is strengthened by diversity". Mogli breaks down his beginnings and how his life led to connecting with Dragon School. Inspirational jewels for any creative, tune in!

 

Video: Ill Camille: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

DNA got the word from Tajai (Souls of Mischief) during The Sway in the Morning Show (Shade 45) about Los Angeles MC III Camille. She's definitely representing her name to the fullest.
Here's a few words from Abby O'Neill, producer of The Tiny Desk series: 
Los Angeles rapper Ill Camille hooked me during my first trip through her sophomore album, Heirloom. Her lyrical prowess and storytelling were so moving, I immediately reached out to her on Instagram and asked if she would like to perform a Tiny Desk. "Please don't make me cry right now. Tiny Desk!?!? You don't understand. I've been praying on this", she replied. "This (message) made my year and my band is ready!" Ill Camille strays a bit from the hip-hop zeitgeist. She raps about love and family serving as the source of her strength, the importance of self-worth as a woman, and the necessity to nurture oneself from within. That core keeps her secure even when confronted by the despair of poverty and the difficult grind of a young artist. And you can hear all that front and center in her music. Her voice is like a cool drink on a summer's day: smooth, clear and replenishing. Her refreshing self-awareness and raw honesty are inherent in each song, pairing nicely with the jazzy, melodic rhythms provided by her close knit crew of musicians. The first two songs, "Spider's Jam" and "Live it Up," feature long time collaborators of Camille's, Iman Omari and drummer Greg Paul of Inglewood collective The Katalyst. Aneesa Strings, a bassist from the Bay Area, provided the low end foundation while also lending her rich vocals to "Fight On." Also, guesting on this song is fellow L.A. native and emcee Damani Nkosi, who's been rocking with Camille since her debut album, The Pre-Write. The four-song set concluded with the upbeat "Again," an ode to happiness and self-actualization.
Follow III Camille at https://www.instagram.com/illcamille/?hl=en

New Music from Producer Sideswipe "Fairlight Fairlady" EP

"Born in the Bay, posted in Philly" producer Sideswipe follows up his last project, "Goners," released earlier this year with his latest release "Fairlight Fairlady". Sideswipe stays in the realm of gritty, sample based instrumentals that carry with or without vocals. 5 instrumentals deep is enough to get caught in the grimey soundscapes. Download "Fairlight Fairlady" and other projects from Sidewipe at https://sideswipey.bandcamp.com

We'll keep you posted on Sideswipes moves, follow him IG: @sideswip.e