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.
Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.
Guy B. Johnson
As you know from the news this morning, Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away at age 86, but her impact and soul will continue to have a great influence on generations to come.
We had our own amazing experience with Dr. Maya Angelou three years ago in what is probably our all-time favorite interview. We were blessed to see first-hand her beautiful, kind soul speaking powerful truths; her mere presence radiated volumes for us in that room and to many more beyond. R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou.
GWHH sits down with Common & Dr. Maya Angelou (a Camovement by Cam Be)
(later picked up for a BET special on Maya Angelou)
The truth is we make a mistake when we think that generations can be separated. The truth is you need me, so that I have shoulders you can stand on. And you need me so that you have shoulders somebody else can stand on. We are One. And to separate us and decide that we’ll be polarized is ridiculous, it’s stupid, and it’s dangerous. I am responsible to that 5 year old, that 15 year old, that 30 year old, that 55, I am responsible to you. And I try to live my life as a responsible teacher… giver. Yes, I try to live my life that way, so that I will encourage Common to live his that way.
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!
Earlier today, I posted the photos of the Marleys, Lauryn Hill, and more at Miami’s 9 Mile Music Fest, and tonight we have a Camovement by Cam Be of Stephen, Damian, and Julian performing ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, ‘Three Little Birds’, and ‘Buffalo Soldier’. These classics sound great the way Cam captured both the audio and visuals and it’s hard not to get up, stand up with the energy in the video above. Enjoy!