The latest Jamla release was Rapsody’s new EP, Beauty and the Beast, and to continue to promote that project, she drops the video for “Drama” today, shot by our longtime collaborator Cam Be. Rapsody gets crewed up for the video and spits an abundance of slick nods to famous figures along the way. Her sports allusions in the 2nd verse really got me. The video features all-centered looks at Rapsody, either individually or with her crew. The editing nicely turns up a notch at the end so press play and keep an eye and ear open all the way through.
Jamla Records emcee HaLo has a boom bap single and video that’ll be more memorable than your daily rap release. “Galore” features Masta Killa, is produced by Khrysis, and comes to life in a new Camovement music video by Cam Be. In various scenes, HaLo interacts with a female lead according to the story and also rhymes separately to the camera, whether in front of a screen with some fresh animation, or diving underwater. Being so familiar with Cam Be’s work, I have seen him add to his arsenal with these new animations and the underwater cam, which add even more possibilities that HaLo carries out well above. I also appreciate how everything is pretty much centered throughout the video, giving a consistent feel to it amidst all the changing scenes. If there’s one critique I have about the song, it’s that the hook moreso borders repetitive than catchy as I resonate more with the verses and lines like, “my lust conditional strictly visual”. Enjoy above!
And I suggest you play some catch-up with Cam as his other most recent video is a quick one highlighting his never-ending travels.
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What more of a fitting day than Independence Day to release a project called “Be Free”. And if the connection wasn’t clear right away, it definitely is with the dope cover art that illustrates where Cam Be & Josh Free rep: Chicago, USA.
We’ve been following Cam & Josh for a minute here on GWHH. Both are talented videographers if you haven’t yet noticed, but we’ve also been following their musical endeavors since their involvement in the greater Chicago collective, Untitled. The two have continued their soulful rhymes for this 12-track full-length free download, Be Free, that we’re proud to say is GWHH-Sponsored.
The duo’s first preview was the gripping “U”, which features stellar rhymes from the two over a great, raw production and concludes with one of J. Ivy‘s most stirring spoken word verses (and that’s saying something for him). “U” is the first full track on Be Free, following a dope instrumental that sets the tone as the intro. In fact, there are a few instrumentals… rather, Camstrumentals — short interludes produced by Cam Be that are all on point and splice the project at the right times.
I must stress that I’m vibing with the full 32-minute listen from beginning to end; I would just like to share the 3 tracks that jumped out at me as much as “U”. Perhaps you can skip to one of these if you’re pressed for time before your BBQ or rooftop party today… (before I digress…) “OK” contrasts a range of angst and anxiety with a soulful hook and a feature from Jamla Records’ Add-2 that could be the perfect song to combat stress. “War” features close collaborator Jamaar J and centers on global issues and mixes in views against the systems created to destroy us, and to drive it home, various chilling news clips make for the song’s outro. I know I’ve said this numerous times in Gowhere’s history, but any hip hop song that incorporates a news clip a la the intro to ‘Pac’s Me Against The World (my first experience with this), is an instant *Tibs Fav. Finally, the project’s outro: “You Changed It All” is about growth, features the most complete mix of live instrumentation, my favorite female vocals on the project, and serves as an overall, excellent exclamation point to Be Free.
By now, you know I suggest the stream/download so I’ll end it on one more connection you may or may not have solved yet. Be Free — the clever combination of the duo’s fictitious last names, but it’s really more than that. A mantra we can live by everyday that resonates even more powerfully today: Be Free!
Just a short couple of weeks ago, Hebru Brantley helped usher in another exciting summer of new Chicago art with his latest exhibition opening at the Chicago Cultural Center. Parade Day Rain features a bevy of paintings and sculptures from the superstar artist who has been commissioned by everyone from LeBron James to Jay Z & Beyonce to Nicki Minaj.
Our friend and superstar videographer himself, Cam Be, has been working closely with Hebru during his creative process for the exhibition and Hebru’s recent show overseas in London. This new Camovement above documents said creative process and the work — not only in final product form, but in partially completed form too. It’s the only look at those stages of Hebru crafting his art. Plus, we even get a couple cuts that show some other forms of inspiration in Hebru’s studio like an old Michael Jordan Wheaties box (fitting). One full look at the gallery at the end is a great teaser to go see the exhibit in person — again, at the Chicago Cultural Center, running all summer through September 23rd. Props to Cam on the video again as well — the 360 around the Flyboy sculpture is a phenomenal way to lead us in… I had to watch this twice.
The present is a gift what do you call the past?
So many chasin’ cash while I’m pursuin’ change
It’s comin’ out my blood man you see it’s not in vein
Zion train arrivin’, but I think I’m driving
Whether you walkin’, runnin’, or ridin’ I hope you find in your..
That’s how Cam Be concludes the second and concluding verse to his new collab with Josh Free “Destination Happiness”. This feel-good, thought-provoking record is premiered through this new Camovement music video that shows Josh and Cam rhyming to the camera amidst the limitless space of outer space. As a result, the effects are cool, yet don’t take away from the words as Josh and Cam (in that order) put down some intelligent depth in their verses. Shelby Obleton features and Jamaar J helps film the Cam Be-directed video — the second off the duo’s Be Free project.
Find in your Destination Happiness too and let the video above help inspire you!
One of the hardest hitting tracks on Between Heaven & Hell is Add-2‘s “Death of Chicago”, where the lyrical storyteller explains his pain, anguish, and powerlessness about living with the harsh realities of our hometown. For the audio backdrop, he linked with his Jamla labelmate Khrysis, and now for the visuals, longtime collaborator (and GWHH videographer) Cam Be. Their videos always come correct and this one’s no different as they brought to life said harsh realities of the city. Little subtleties like the careful color correction Cam adds on the city’s skyline or the black and white on the streets adds to the tone of the lyrics. As such, “Death Of Chicago” is best experienced as a video and it goes without saying at this point that you should press play above. Common says so too…
It’s always a treat to see Lauryn Hill live nowadays and she just graced the Miami 9 Mile Music Fest stage this past weekend with high energy and all her hits to perform. Another new Camovement by Cam Be captures “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “How Many Mics”, “Ready Or Not”, and “Final Hour”. Once again, I love how the audio and visuals are illustrated, it feels like it’s really there as Cam mixes in up close footage with wider shots of her and the band. There are a lot of subtleties to see all the way across the edited medley. If you enjoy this, also check out the Camovement on the Marleys below!