Damon Russell, former producer for 'The First 48', reflects on getting arrested for the first time in his life, while directing & filming 'Snow On Tha Bluff', an indy flick recently featured in the 2011 Atlanta Film Festival.
'Snow On Tha Bluff' is the story of, Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow who steals a camera from some college kids in a dope deal and begins documenting his life. At first, its business as usual for Curt. He robs dope boys, he runs from the cops, and he sells drugs, all while trying to provide for his baby momma and 2-year-old son. But when one of the drug dealers he ripped off comes back for revenge, things in Curtis life spirals out of control.
Here is "Illusion" from Jaiden a.k.a. "The Cure" from his upcoming mixtape Shades of Grey: The Cure Suite II. The backdrop for "Illusion" is Kanye West's stirring hit "Runaway".
Jaiden is currently on tour with Shaggy, and is featured on three songs on the international superstar's Summer in Kingston album, slated for release on July 19. Jaiden will perform with Shaggy at the official album release party in Jamaica on July 16.
On July 19, Jaiden will appear on BET's 106 & Park and Music Matters to debut his video for "Ain't Enough" a new single which is currently available on iTunes.
Next week Jaiden will also begin rehearsals with Chris Brown, preparing for spot dates in coming months with the pop sensation.
Shades of Grey: The Cure Suite II will be released by the end of the Summer, and will act as a prelude to Jaiden's full-length album due out later in the Fall.
Video: Caktuz - "Still N the Hood: A Short Massacre"
North Carolina rapper Caktuz drops his new long form video Still N The Hood: A Short Massacre with indie singer TreZure Empire. The gritty video was shot on location in New York and North Carolina, and includes a violently-disturbing montage of footage from a long lost race riot known as the “Greensboro Masacre.”
The Greensboro massacre occurred on November 3, 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Five Anti-Klan protest marchers were shot and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. Most of the armed confrontation was filmed by four local news camera crews.
Caktuz & TreZure remix an old Nina Simone classic “Feelin’ Good” over Method Man & mary J Blige’s “All I Need” while random shots of “the hood” wiz by in this fast pace 7 minute music video. Directed by Caktuz, the video can only be viewed at his website www.caktuztree.com or below.
Great news to announce: I would like to report that all the doubts and speculation about HipHop being dead is not only over-hyped, but downright untrue. All who doubt this have the luxury of hopping on the Long Island Railroad and get off at the Central Islip stop and hear the streets scream Don Dada.
Raised in the "Six Three Slums", Don Dada has been a full force in the versatility category. With tracks ranging from "Be Free" to "F*ck You", no topic is left unturned. With an arsenal of hard bars and various instrumental mixtapes, Don Dada breaks into wordsmith mode and lays the schematics for future emcees and hip hop listeners both to come.
With his crew G.N.D also known as "Good Never Dies"; they have made a respectable name for themselves throughout the island. Most of Dada's attributes are credited from his dedication to freestyling and "writing as you go" for over 8 years now.
For the most Dada is focused on his plan of various innovative tracks, and sticking out like a sore thumb from the work the industry dishes out. Its not uncommon to hear his work bumping out of systems cars, at live events or out of headphones out on the train somewhere, oh btw get your ticket out...the conductor is coming.
London songwriter and rapper Baby Blue, whose name came about from sporting everything from clothing to contact lenses in the colour baby blue, has tastes that fuse the influences of Hip-Hop, Grime, R&B and Pop, to create a unique sound with crossover potential.
UK Superstar Estelle picked up on Blue’s talents from day one and flew her to New York to record tracks on her debut album “The 18th Day” including the “Hey Girl” track which featured Grammy award winner John Legend. NYC inspired Baby Blue to release her first mixtape, “Out of the Blue Vol 1”, which blew up in the UK underground and featured members of So Solid Crew, Shystie, Sway, and Akala.
She toured with Estelle for 4 months, taking in dates in the US and Europe where she gained experience and developed her skills as a songwriter. Later that year Blue worked with British legends Madness on their comeback single 'Sorry'.
Switch it up to summer 2011 and Baby Blue is back with a bang, currently working on her debut album featuring names like DJ Khalil & Davinche. 730 Promo are proud to present the official first video from the LP - “Play” - produced by UK favourite Donaeo.