So I attended the Drop The Mic event last night presented by Project S.P.I.T. and UCF Campus Activities Board at the Starbucks on campus. This event was such a breath of fresh air. One thing I realize when I look back to my years at UCF that is a direct contrast to now is that there was no artistic scene for musical creative. I often felt alone in that realm with no one to network with except Full Sail students or local Orlando artists. This event last night showed me that UCF has grown in its artistic scene with so many new young creatives attending my alma mater. This fact makes me completely proud because there is now a space for young people like me. From the show itself to the cypher we did outside the venue after the show, I was totally stoked with the future of UCF. Those are just a few of my thoughts.
Special thanks to my WeTheFuture sister Kendall Josey for curating and inviting me out to perform. Follow @talented_chick & @ProjectSPIT on Instagram
Listen, if you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of the theatrics of shows and movies. Especially since studying TV Production throughout high school, I have enjoyed the shots used in filming, the depth of the scripts, and the music/sounds that tie it all in.
With that being said, if you've seen The Get Down , you should know EXACTLY why I love it so much. My love for the Hip Hop culture aside, this show is filmed very well stylistically. It's somewhat of a musical with elements of a stage-play glossed up with a comic book superhero like presentation. The acting is A1 and the characters are full of depth. It is hard not to fall in love with them.
The show tells the story of how Hip Hop as an art form and a culture began on the streets of New York from it's early days in the late 1970's. The backdrop is dark and gritty, but the characters and the music bring so much light to contrast. Each episode poetically titled and gives insight to what the characters are facing in the episode.
You get the feeling that Nas had a hand in this whether you noticed his name in the credits or not. If you're a fan of Illmatic, you get the same feeling you had listening to that album as you do watching this show. The poetic style of it all is just so fitting for the story it is telling. The Get Down also does a great job at giving step-by-step instructions on how to build a movement in the Hip Hop scene while giving the viewer a chance to appreciate the culture.
I definitely took my time in watching the 6-episode of the first season (available on Netflix) so not to miss a beat and I would advise everyone to do the same. I give this show 10 stars out of 5 simply because I know Season Two will deliver just as well, if not better, as Season One. I just needed to express my extreme endearment for this series due due to my production background, Hip Hop studies, and overall enjoyment for well put together projects. The Get Down is a MUST SEE!
Watch the official trailer below.
I want to start putting yall on the music I listen to often. Here's my Jam of The Week, The Sun's Tirade by Isaiah Rashad of TDE. This album is currently being slept on by the masses due to the release date falling on the same day as Travis Scott's newest album The Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (also a great listen). Isaiah Rashad has been on my radar for the last couple years since his first release under TDE, Cilvia Demo, and the long wait for this follow up did not disappoint. If you dig good vibes, peep the new work by homie.
Pictured Below: Isaiah Rashad and I before his show with Schoolboy Q in March 2014.
I don't know about yall, but I'm too hype for this biopic on Tupac Shakur. People don't even realize how big of a cultural phenomenon he was. People don't realize the role he played in freeing our minds, or how knowledgeable he was on things bigger than just rap or America. The Biggie biopic Notorious was aiiiiiight, but this All Eyez On Me is looking to be an eye opener. Check out the newest trailer released today below.
Here's some fresh new sounds from my brother of a long time, Rory "RO". I'm personally happy to see him back in the studio recording tracks, especially with a dope producer like CARLOW.
Fresh new sounds from WeTheFuture's own Ayaana. #WTF
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Brand new sounds from WeTheFuture's own HA.J.R.. #WTF
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Brand new visuals from WeTheFuture's own KP Gwala. #WTF
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