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Macy Gray Releases Soccer Video to Celebrate World Cup

From Girlie Action:

Macy Gray Releases Soccer Video to Celebrate World Cup!

An Already Beautiful Game Gets a “Beauty” Make-Over with Soccer Playing Models

Macy Gray is in the soccer spirit. In fact, she just released a new soccer-themed video for "Beauty in the World" to celebrate the World Cup. The video, directed by Giuliano Bekor, features leggy models hitting the turf in the Los Angeles Coliseum, where they exhibit some pretty fancy footwork, ball juggling and more than a few tricky kicks – all in high heels and tight skirts!

If watching beefy soccer stars making magic with a soccer ball takes your breath away, you better be sitting down for this one. Beauty in the World, indeed!

Macy Gray’s New Album, The Sell Out, In Stores Next Week!

Don’t Miss Macy Gray Live on TV

June 22  - “Good Morning America”
June 23 – “The View”
June 23 - “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”

The Adventures of Trae Tha Truth Episode #3

From Nancy B:

The Adventures of Trae Tha Truth Episode #3

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Houston, TX - Trae Tha Truth may be going through it right now what with radio bans and lawsuits and whatnot but the Houston rapper certainly hasn't lost his sense of humor. Episode #3 of The Adventures of Trae Tha Truth finds our hero once again out on the road touring and his patnas are dropping like flies. Comedian, Lil Duval, makes his animated debut this go round along with media celebrities Sway (MTV), Angela Yee (Sirius) and Ozone's Julia Beverly.

Fresh from a visit this past weekend at Rikers to see Lil Wayne, and with recent shows under his belt opening for Drake, TI and Lupe, who knows who will end up in Episode sure to stay tuned.

Meanwhile, in the real world, here is a video clip from Angela Yee's show as she gives Trae the floor to discuss Houston radio's ban on him and the events spawned from it - .

Next up from Trae is his annual Trae Day celebration (July 22nd). Details to follow shortly.

MP3: Jake One and Fatal Lucciauno "Cry For Help"

From Sportn' Life Records:

MP3: Jake One and Fatal Lucciauno "Cry For Help"

"Cry For Help"



As the former hype man for Seattle's D.Black, Fatal Lucciauno is known for freestyles and for being an intelligent rapper with street knowledge and credibility.  In 2007 his debut album "The Only Forgotten Son"earned him a slot in URB's NEXT 1000 and the attention of Seattle's top producer Jake One. You can expect to hear more from the pair in the future, but for now this will have to do. In this song Lucciauno says " Its a response to the negative image some local press painted of me while he I was locked up a couple of years ago" Cry For Help also doubles as an awareness message, asking that people listen to the youth when they act out, because it can be too late by time we realize they're asking for help.

Critical Praise for Fatal Lucciauno:

The Most talked about rapper in Seattle right now is Fatal Lucciauno -The Seattle Times

Everyone should go out and get this album, everyone!!!!!!!!
It's one of the most refreshing and original albums to hit the Hip Hop scene in a long time with fresh, original, gritty and real lyricism combined with the unique but reminiscent of Scarface and Nas voice of Fatal Lucciauno, make this an album to own. -Ya Heard Music Reviews
With a flow which sounds something like Shyne meets Lloyd Banks, plus an enormous chip on his shoulder, Fatal L. is here to keep hustling like a true rap Don. -URB Magazine
Poetic, potent, hard-hitting hip-hop from an artist with solid street credentials, amazing freestyling skill and a powerful drive for self-expression. -Gene Stout/Seattle PI


Like many young black men in America, Fatal Lucciauno (born Rahmeece Chevosier Howell) fell into the cycle of street life and drug dealing. What makes Fatal different than your average thug on the street is his obvious old soul, which you come to understand when you first meet him.  After delving deeper into his music and personality you begin to understand that he also has an extremely keen sense of history and people.  Lucciauno began as a battle rapper on street corners, playgrounds and public buses, after realizing there was more than just competition pumping in his blood; he pursued his desire to create music.  At the age of fifteen he became the second solo artist signed to Sportn' Life Records, and the hype man for D.Black.  It's Fatal's Intelligent and unique approach to street rap sets hip apart from the heard.


Co-Founded in 2002 by DeVon Manier, Sportn' Life Records currently serves as the longest operating independent Hip Hop record label in Seattle.  The labels roster includes D.Black, Fatal Lucciauno, Spaceman, SK and Marissa. .

The Game, Ice Cube, Soulja Boy & More "Sponsor" Teairra Mari

From Anne Kristoff:

The Game, Ice Cube + Bow Wow "Sponsor" Teairra Mari





June 17, 2010 (New York, NY) – People are mad at Teairra Mari. Or, more accurately, they’re mad about Teairra Mari. If they’re not appalled about the lyrical content of her new banger, “Sponsor,” an outlandish homage to the perks of finding that someone special to lace you with the finer things in life, then they’re irritated that certain channels have enacted a double-standard to excuse themselves, despite fan requests, from playing the song’s video. Either way, it doesn’t matter. With good-look guest spots from Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy, “Sponsor” has quickly moved into the Top 20 at Urban Radio, prepping Teairra for a scorching summer full of sought after concert performance dates, the digital release of a 5-song EP on August 17, and her appearance on the big screen.

August will find the sultry songstress in a substantial role in Warner Bros. Films’ The Lottery Ticket. Opening August 20, The Lottery Ticket features an all-star cast that includes Ice Cube, Bow Wow, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps, and Charlie Murphy. Teairra beat out a number of other high profile young actresses to land the role of sponsor-iffic Nikki Swasey. “I’m like the hot chick in the projects,” laughs Mari, “but something’s not right because I’m still in the projects!”

Teairra Mari is no stranger to rocky roads. Signed to Roc-A-Fella Records at just 16-years-old, the Detroit native burst onto the scene in 2005 with her debut album, Roc-A-Fella Presents: Teairra Mari. The album debuted at #2 and spawned a Top 10 single with “Mark Her Feel Good,” and a crossover hit with “No Daddy.” But things went awry shortly thereafter prompting the “Princess of the Roc” to receive the phone call, as she was dressing for her senior prom, that she was getting dropped from the label.

After a brief dark period, Teairra pulled herself up by her bootstraps. “Name it and claim it!,” she recently told Academy Award winning actress and talk show host Mo’Nique. “No one’s going to pull you up but yourself. No one’s going to give you confidence but you.”

It was during that period that she connected with music industry veteran Cudda Love (Mase, Nelly), who quickly signed Teairra to his Fo’ Reel imprint. Cudda and Teairra spent the next two years reintroducing her to fans with buzz tracks "Hunt 4 U" featuring Pleasure P and “Cause a Scene” featuring Flo Rida.

"This world is a place where you have to show people. And you have to keep showing them,” says Teairra. “I know people counted me out. I want people to know this is in my heart and this is not something I decided to do just because someone decided to give me a track. This is something I wanted to do my whole life.”

So what does Teairra make of all the “Sponsor”-versy? “Personally, I prefer a corporate sponsor,” she told Mo’Nique. “So, right now, Warner Bros. is my sponsor. But no matter what you do – doctor, lawyer, board of education – wherever you get your coins from to pay your bills, that’s your sponsor. Work it!”

Catch Teairra live this summer at:
June 17            Cincinnati, OH
June 18            Shreveport, LA                        KMJJ Birthday Bash
June 19            Charlotte, NC
June 25            Los Angeles, CA                      WBR Party
June 26            New Jersey                              FMF Car Show
July 1               Chicago, IL                              Taste of Chicago
July 2               Indianapolis, IN
July 3               Charlotte, NC
July 10             Tampa, FL
July 11             Cleveland, OH                         WENZ Summer Jam Concert
July 30             Toronto, Canada



View: “Sponsor” video featuring Soulja Boy  .
Watch: The Lottery Ticket movie trailer .
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2010 MuchMusic Awards to Feature Drake & More This Sunday

From Tamara Brown:

2010 MuchMusic Awards to Feature Drake & More This Sunday

As the countdown continues to the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards, MuchMusic announced today that Canada’s biggest and baddest street party will be simulcast south of the border on Fuse, Madison Square Garden’s national music television network. Now viewers across the U.S. can see all-star performers that include co-host Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Adam Lambert, Ke$ha, Marianas Trench, Down With Webster, Drake and Hedley. The 2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS airs live from MuchMusic’s Toronto HQ on Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

“The MMVAs are going to be where every music fan wants to be on June 20,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “This partnership with Fuse brings the MMVAs live across the U.S., letting more people experience this amazing show. Nowhere else do fans have access to such an exciting street party like ours, with a chance to see the most-buzzed about musicians and the hottest celebrities. This also makes this show a great platform for the world to see our amazing Canadian talent!”

Based in the U.S., Fuse is a national television network exclusively dedicated to music that features live concerts, festivals, events, original series, and all-access interviews. The simulcast of the 2010 MMVAs is another example of how Fuse connects fans with their favorite musicians through entertaining and engaging music programming.

            “Fuse is excited to partner with MuchMusic to air the MMVAs,” said Sal LoCurto, Senior Vice President of Programming, Fuse.  “The exclusive broadcast of this must-watch awards show reinforces that Fuse is the destination for the hottest music events and concerts, as well as programs featuring today’s biggest artists.”

Media accreditation for U.S. media is extended until June 11 at />
Presenters to be announced at a later date.

Official sponsors of the 2010 MMVAs on MuchMusic include Nokia, Playtex Sport™, Procter & Gamble, Smarties, Stride Mega Mystery*, and Virgin Mobile Canada™.

About MMVAs

MuchMusic gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at the 2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. The show airs live on Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET with a star-packed Red Carpet special beforehand. Encore presentation of the MMVAs airs on CTV one hour after the MuchMusic broadcast ends (June 21). Past years have seen kick-ass performances by Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Black Eyed Peas, City and Colour, Kelly Clarkson, Nelly Furtado and Timbaland, Rihanna, Simple Plan, Kanye West, Billy Talent, The Killers, Kardinal Offishall and Akon, Alexisonfire, Classified, New Kids On The Block, Britney Spears, Hedley, Fergie, and many more. At the MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at or Twitter @MuchMusic for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.

About Fuse

Fuse, the national television network dedicated exclusively to music, brings viewers closer to their favorite artists and bands by featuring original series and specials, exclusive interviews, live concerts and video blocks – all rooted in the music experience.  Celebrating the hit makers of today, familiar favorites and edgy newcomers, Fuse accommodates the wide ranging tastes and attitudes of its 18-34 year-old audience with compelling music programming on-air, on-line, on-demand, in HD and via mobile technologies. Fuse is a part of MSG Media, which includes television networks MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD, as well as MSG Interactive, which oversees all company wireless and online initiatives.  MSG Media is a division of Madison Square Garden, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSG), along with MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment. MSG Sports includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League); and MSG Entertainment includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Wang Theatre in Boston, the Beacon Theatre, as well as the legendary Chicago Theatre, and which manages wholly-owned live entertainment properties including the Radio City Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  Additional information about Fuse can be found at .

Wu-Tang Clan Premiere Pollen: The Swarm Part Three on AOL Music

From Tonia Samman:

Wu-Tang Clan Premiere Pollen: The Swarm Part Three on AOL Music

The legendary Wu-Tang Clan is gearing up for the release of their brand new fifteen track album, Pollen: The Swarm Part Three, which hits stores next week, by streaming it in its entirety on AOL Music and AOL Spinner this week.  The record, which drops June 22nd  from Wu Music Group, is the third installment of the official swarm franchise and features original Wu-Tang Clan members RZA (Bobby Digital), Ghostface Killa, Method Man (Johnny Blaze) and many more.  Volumes I and II of The Swarm have sold over eight hundred thousand units to date.

Listen to Wu-Tang Clan’s Pollen: The Swarm Part Three [Wu Music Group] on AOL: and .

The Wu camp issued an official letter last month announcing Pollen’s release, and offered a 30-second teaser of a never-before-heard track by the late, great O.D.B. titled “Dirts the Boogie,” which Dirt recorded with his son, Y.D.B. Boy Jones.  Check it out at the link below, along with two additional teaser clips for “Assed Out” by the Wu-Tang Clan and “M.E.F.” by Johnny Blaze.  In speaking about Pollen: The Swarm Part Three in their letter, Wu-Tang headquarters declared, “This album will effectively pollinate and enter your senses and is guaranteed to inspire and buzz the ears of any true Wu fan looking for that real WUTANG indulgence and experience without leaving out the this generation’s expressions of hip hop and those still to come.”  The RZA also chimed in that, “these tracks are ready to prove to Wutang fans that real Hip Hop is less about the bling and more about expression.”

As previously announced, Wu-Tang Clan will hit the road this summer to perform their notorious 1993 debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) live a the 7th annual rap tour Rock the Bells. Additional Wu dates throughout the summer will be announced soon.  The RZA is also scheduled to produce GZA’s Liquid Sword II due to be released by Wu Music Group at the end of the year.

Listen to teaser of never before released track by the late O.D.B. & Y.D.B. Boy Jones, “Dirts The Boogie”: .

“M.E.F.” teaser (by Johnny Blaze): .
“Assed Out” teaser (by the Wu-Tang Clan): .

Rock the Bells Tour Dates:

08-21 Los Angeles, CA – NOS Events Center
08-22 San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08-28 New York, NY – South Island Field | Governor’s Island
08-29 Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion



For More Information: .

DJ Khaled Announces "All I Do Is Win" Now Certified Gold

From Gio at Koch/E1 Entertainment:

DJ Khaled Announces "All I Do Is Win" Now Certified Gold



(New York, NY) – Miami hip hop star DJ KHALED goes Gold once again, as his smash single and sports anthem “All I Do Is Win” is certified Gold by the RIIA, with over 500,000 copies sold.  The single is featured on DJ Khaled’s latest album, VICTORY (on We The Best Music/E1 Music), which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Chart upon release.  Additionally, DJ Khaled will perform at this year’s BET Awards, which airs live on Sunday, June 27th on BET.

“All I Do Is Win” features T-Pain, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, has reached top 5 on the Urban Radio chart and continues to explode. The video for “All I Do Is Win” is currently airing on MTV, B.E.T., MTV2, MTV Jams, MTVU, and MTV Hits.

DJ Khaled says, “I'm excited that my record is Gold. I'm more excited that it will be platinum soon! Expect more hits from me! Shout out to everyone that's supported this great win! WE THE BEST MUSIC!”

The official remix for “All I Do Is Win” has just been released and is available exclusively for purchase on iTunes.  Click here for more: The remix features Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain.

To watch the video for “All I Do Is Win” go to: or view it below.

To date, DJ Khaled has sold over 825,000 albums via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records).  His previous Platinum and Gold singles include “We Takin’ Over,” “I’m So Hood,” and “Out Here Grindin’.”

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content enterprise that acquires and exploits world-class film, television and music properties around the globe. Its four primary business units (E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution) operate in Canada, the U.S., the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Belgium, providing extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production and distribution, kids programming, and merchandising and licensing. E1's growing content library, which currently includes more than 4,000 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 45,000 music tracks, are distributed across all media formats in more than 190 countries.

MP3: Moe Green - Top Turnbuckle Lifestyle

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Moe Green - Top Turnbuckle Lifestyle

The Vallejo Native Speaks On Dreams And Risks In His New Single

Critical Praise for Moe Green:

Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.

The Song:

Rising star and recent KMEL Bay Area Freshman 10 class selection, Moe Green is readying the release of his debut album, Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match, on Interdependent Media. Produced by Nick Maples, the new single, "Top Turnbuckle Lifestyle," finds Moe, whose Twitter handle is, aptly, @MoeTheDreamer, looking toward the future as he dreams of success. "In this song, I'm just trying to tell people what's gonna happen after I reach the next level in my career and in life," says Moe. With a smooth synthesizer and drums in the background, Moe's voice flows over the beat, as clear and lucid as the message he's sending. "I'm bout to kill it no bluffin'/yea I'm rubbin elbows with industry people who did something," raps Moe as he continues to make strides of turning his dreams and visions into reality.

Also staying true to the roots of the album concept, the title for the track, similar to the title of the album, references wrestling. "That's why I called it Top Turnbuckle Lifestyle," explains Moe. "In wresting that's when the guy is on the top rope and jumps off not knowing if he is going to land the move or not so he is really just putting it all out there with the risk." For this Vallejo native, Moe is ready to dish out a take down.

Check out "Top Turnbuckle Lifestyle" here: .

The Background:

The rap game is overflowing with aspiring new MCs, all crammed into a single ring fighting for that lone heavyweight title. One particular competitor who has fully dedicated himself to the good fight is 22-year old Moe Green from Vallejo, California. His forthcoming debut album, Rocky Maivia: Non Title Match, is titled after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's first professional ring name and perfectly embodies Moe place in today's hip-hop circuit - the newcomer who is one day going to hold the championship belt. Like any fighter, years of training, dedication, and discipline are required to claim the top spot. Moe has been training for this his entire life. Having competed in speech and poetry meets growing up, Moe found himself genuinely attracted to the creative freedom music imparts early in his life, even writing rhymes in kindergarten with his childhood best friend and E-40's son, Droop-E. Listeners of Rocky Maiva can expect to hear tales from a young man from a hard hit city trying to find his way in the world the best he can. On growing from Rocky Maivia to one day standing amongst the greats, Moe says, "I need to win a couple belts first. I have to prove that I have the skill to do that and this album is like my wrestling debut." And so, the journey begins.

About Interdependent Media:

Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, Moe Green, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit .


"Top Turnbuckle Lifestyle": .

Devo Spice Update for 6/16/2010

From Devo Spice:

Devo Spice Update for 6/16/2010

Hey guys,

2 big things to report.  First, I'm doing a new weekly podcast with Luke Ski, and second, I'm having a big Sudden Death blowout sale.  For the next month you can get all my releases dirt cheap!  Details (copied from the web site) below.

--== New Podcast! ==--
From the "things we should have done years ago" department comes a new podcast! The Funny Music Podcast is a new weekly podcast hosted by Devo Spice and The Great Luke Ski.

Each week these two artists- two of the most popular artists on The Dr. Demento Show- get together and talk about the two most recent songs on The FuMP, or The Funny Music Project. Whenever possible they will have other FuMP artists on to talk about the songs that were posted. And this happens live every Thursday night on Dementia Radio ( so you can tune in live, chat, and hear it all as it unfolds.

Like any good podcast this one has an RSS feed so you can get the shows delivered to your computer, iPod, or even your TV automatically without lifting a finger. Just subscribe in iTunes or your favorite podcast program via this link:

The first episode, which we're calling Episode 0 because we're still working out some of the kinks, is now live. This episode features Steve Goodie, the man responsible for The FuMP's most downloaded song to date: Tweetin' On A Jet Plane. This week there is some great insight into Steve's latest masterpiece Black Water.

You can get the first episode from the feed above, or if you're not the type of person who deals with feeds you can get the MP3 directly from this link:

So tune in live every Thursday night on Dementia Radio to Luke Ski's show Dementia Revolution. The Funny Music Podcast takes place as a segment on that show Thursday nights at 10 Eastern. Or, subscribe to the podcast and listen whenever it strikes your fancy. Send any questions and feedback for the show to and Luke and Devo will address your questions on the air.

The show will be showing up in the iTunes store shortly and we'll get it listed on any other podcast directories we can find as well. For now, subscribe to the RSS feed above and you won't miss a thing.

--== Sudden Death Blow-Out Sale ==--
You may or may not have heard, but at the end of July I will be moving. And I realized recently that I still have a bunch of old Sudden Death CDs and Cassettes stacked in my basement. So what does this mean for you? Well, I want these things out of my house so I don't have to move them. This means it's a great opportunity for you to complete your Sudden Death collection because I have marked everything down. Way down.

All cassettes-that's everything from Dead Things Can Rap Too through Fatal Accident Zone-have been marked down to $2.99. All CDs, which includes Fatal Accident Zone, Brain Dead, Technobabble, and Fatal Error are just $4.99.

The CDs can be purchased from either or from the store at, but the cassettes are only available from the Albums page at ( So go to, select About, and then Albums and you'll see everything.

This sale is going to run through July 15th, which is when I leave for Nerdapalooza. Because when I get back from Nerdapalooza I'm going to have to finish packing up everything that hasn't sold and move it to the new house. At that point I'm going to throw out whatever cassettes haven't sold save for probably 5 of each which I'll keep for posterity. So this is your last chance to get the old Sudden Death cassettes and complete your collection. Once they sell out, or once this sale ends, the cassettes will never be available again. So get them now while you can. And don't forget the Decade of Decay album which is still free with any purchase. I still have a few of those left so if you want one just add it to your shopping cart with your order.

The more you buy the less I have to move, so help me get this stuff out of my house!


Breez Evahflowin Music Video w/ 1000's of Hand-Drawn Frames

From Breez Evahflowin:

New Breez Evahflowin Music Video

On the heels of last fall's Breez Deez Treez release, which critics called "a brilliant audio memoir," and "Thoughtful hip-hop done the right way," Breez Evahflowin and Dutch creative artist Arjen Noordeman have collaborated to release an animated video of the album's second track, I Know.

Inspired by the personal honesty and introspective nature of the songs contained in Breez Deez Treez, Arjen Noordeman was instantly drawn to the track I Know, in which Breez speaks about the challenge of writing meaningful songs in a world of instant-gratification and gimmicky hooks.  Breez writes in I Know,

Some get caught up in the gears after years on the grind
What he hears in his mind don't appear when he rhyme
His connection to feeling is nearly dying
He appears designed 
To the deals he signed
The line
Gets blurry when we worry about what we owe
Weak minds leak through the audio
In particular nobody you know
But its a part of anybody who flow
Don't think about it,
… I know

After listening to the song, Noordeman came up with the idea to make an animated video drawn entirely by hand, and blended with video of the MC.  The concept was to make an animated sketchbook, like a diary reflecting the personal story of the artist.  The process began with Noordeman shooting video of Breez on his NYC rooftop and at his studio in DUMBO.  The filmmaker then printed 100 frames of video at a time so he could carry the printouts around with him, sketching the individual frames in pencil whenever he had a chance.  Noordeman then transitioned to to brush-painted animation, while his partner Christie Wright conceived of an animated ink-drawn line to tie the different elements together.    The result is a mix of live-action and hand-drawn animation that tells the story of an MC striving to maintain a unique voice in a sea of cookie-cutter commercial hooks.

In an age where sophisticated computer graphics can be produced at the touch of a button, this video proves that the hand of an artist can still be relevant - in fact the roughly 3,000 hand-rendered frames represent a departure from today's digital effects standard, and a return to a time where honest and hard-practiced skills made the difference between amateurs and professionals.   Unmasked by sophisticated tricks, the hand-drawn frames show you everything that went into this video, much like the way Breez focuses his songs on the quality of writing and intentional avoidance of vocal gimmickry prevalent in so much hip-hop today.

(click here to watch the video)

"I know" is track 2 off the full length album "Breez Deez Treez".
Music by Daveytree.
Video directed, animated and produced by Arjen Noordeman, Elasticbrand.
Roughly 3000 frames were drawn by hand for this video.
Live action portion was shot in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Artist Bios:

Breez Evahflowin
A founding member of the Stronghold underground rap collective, Breez Evahflowin (born Enrique DaSilva) emerged as a leading force in the New York and national battle rap scenes during the late '90s, and was crowned the national grand champion of the famed Blaze Battle competition in 1999.  During his freestyle rap days, Breez released his own independent solo 12-inch "Forsaken" in 1996, which appeared on the BBE Music compilation Hip-Hop Forever (1998) by DJ/producer Kenny Dope.  In the early 2000s, Breez recorded singles for an assortment of different indie labels, including the Boston-based Detonator Records, as well as contributing a slew of guest appearances on records and tours.  During his tenure, Breez has worked with several underground rap artists including Vast Aire, Slug, Chali 2na and the Molemen, and released his own solo EP "Fly" on Just Be Records in 2003.  Breez Evahflowin's first proper full-length album "Troublemakers" - a collaboration with producer Dirt E. Dutch - was released on Little Ax Media in 2008.

Arjen Noordeman

Arjen was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands in 1975.  He received a BFA in graphic design from Academy of Art & Design, Arnhem, the Netherlands and a MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Arjen has worked as a designer for the interactive design company the Chopping Block, NYC and various broadcast companies including RTL in the Netherlands and Bravo networks in New York City.  He held the positions of Director of Design at MASS MOCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and Art Director in the Advertising department of Nickelodeon in New York City where he created concepts and design for TV and print advertising for in-house and external clients. His work has appeared in various publications including Print Magazine, Creative Review, and 100 habits of Successful Publication Designers. A lifelong hip hop fan, he started directing music videos for underground artists such as Breez Evahflowin, Rising Sun Quest and Access Immortal in 2007.


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