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

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

Video: B.E.N.N.Y. The Butcher - Intro: Babs Ft. Keisha Plum

 

The Griselda onslaught continues with new visuals from The Butcher's latest offering "Tana Talk 3". "Intro (Produced by Daringer)" gives the viewer a look into Buffalo's beautiful landscape courtesy of YMG Shooter. Follow Benny at  https://www.instagram.com/getbenny/ and catch the rest of Griselda at http://www.griseldaxfr.com/

Video: DJ MUGGS x ROC MARCIANO - E Train

New visuals from the duo comprised of DJ Muggs & Roc Marciano, "E-Train" pulls you into the NYC DNA strand that compliments the grimey KAOS soundtrack. Listen to "KAOS" in its entirety on all major platforms.