Rapsody and Jamla Records invaded South Africa not too long ago and one of the results of the trip is this new music video for “Godzilla”, directed by Cam Be.
Cam kills it from the opening frame with a timelapse of the entire flight from the States to Africa. Whaaaat! I had to run it back already.
The video then proceeds with a mix of clips from Rapsody’s sold-out performance, meeting new fans, and action shots amidst the daylight and culture. See if you can catch every slick NBA reference in the rhymes as well. Very cool, all the way around.
Somethin’ a lil different, yet with all the freshness you would expect here on Gowhere. It comes from spoken word artist Aja Monet who delivers an increasingly engaging and emotional performance of “You Make Holy War” live from London.
On hand to document the performance was the homie Cam Be as he contrasts documentary style close-ups of Monet and her band with the poem continuous in the background. In fact, said band features bass, piano, percussion, and guitar and they provide a minimal and complimentary sound to the poem.
With the fantastic visuals to match as well, the video above is first and foremost about the words. I was hooked from the imagery 30 seconds in. Later on, I couldn’t help but think of our city after this line:
If I were to die tonight from a bullet, let it be a bullet of love.
If there is a crime there is to commit, let it be a crime, of love.
And lastly, Aja Monet ends the piece brilliantly that has more impact if you press play and tune in all the way through. Watch, listen, enjoy!
“You Make Holy War”
Shot & Directed by Camovement
2nd Camera by Nadyah Aissa
Andrew Kremer on Bass
Jessica Lauren on Piano
Simone Hag on Percussion
Jacques Nazaire on Guitar
Thank you to Lauren Hill and Daphne Kolader.
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.
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.
@HebruBrantley | Video is a Camovement by Cam Be | Soundtrack by Thelonious Martin