Much love and appreciation to the fam over at Creative Misfits for the CVNCER EP review. I'd say their analysis was pretty spot on from the flow of the tracks to their meanings to pointing out punchlines. If you want to understand my music a little better, this would be a great place to look. Enjoy!
Over this past weekend, I was able to go see the critically acclaimed Birth Of A Nation. I have honestly been waiting patiently for this movie throughout this whole year. The impact of film can be so widespread if seen by the masses, especially within the black community of the United States.
This film gives black youth a hero in Nat Turner from the slavery era that we were never taught about (for obvious reasons). For most of our lives, we have only seen films depict African Americans as merely the help and in a weak position with the exception of Django Unchained. Not only does it show a black hero that arose from slavery, but it puts in context WHY it happened the way it did.
Another lesser known fact about this film is that the title is taken from an early 20th Century KKK recruitment film of the same name. That movie depicted the rise of the clan during the Civil War and Reconstruction era of American history. It depicts African Americans as savage rapists with no moral code and spawned the 2nd coming of the clan. Nate Parker, producer and lead actor, took this name purposely to show another point of view where slave rebellions left a legacy and led to the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation of the late 1800's versus the belief that Abraham Lincoln simply "freed the slaves" because he thought it was unjust and inhumane. He strives to show the untold side of the story and does so with an emotionally driven time-piece.
I wanted to refrain from giving spoilers, so I truly urge you to go catch this film in theaters and pray that it sparks your interest to do more research into the heroic history of the African American people in the United States. Below is an interview Nate Parker did with The Breakfast Club last week discussing the film before it premiered.
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.