Check out the new music video for "Mass Effect" from Spectac & Amiri's album Almost Famous, out now on HiPNOTT Records!
For the third official single from Spectac & Amiri's album Almost Famous, the duo releases the Rick Foy-directed video for "Mass Effect". Paying homage to hip-hop's past, this video is sure to take you back to that golden age when hip-hop was pure and absolute. The album, Almost Famous (which also includes the singles "As If" and "My God") is available now on iTunes.
Director Rick Foy of Dvid Films, who previously directed the duo's video for "As If", has also directed videos for Jay ARE, Kam Moye and Kaze and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spectac Returns with Solo Album
It might seem ironic that someone who got tricked into going to college would go on to become a school principal, but for South Carolina native, Mervin Jenkins, it was just nature taking its’ course. Known to his former students as "Jenks", the streets know a freestyle fiend named "Spectac" (short for Spectacular). Born in Eutawville, S.C., the University of Hip-Hop was the only education that interested the young rapper who fell in love with rhyming at a very young age. With aspirations of graduating so he could move to New York and live with his aunt to pursue music, his mother had other plans for the young visionary. “I was all packed and ready to go, I had my Greyhound ticket and everything,” remembers Spec, “and my mother comes and says, ‘you’re not going to New York.’ She had applied to two colleges on my behalf and I got accepted, so I finally conceded and ended up going to Benedict College in Columbia.”
By the time he completed his masters in education Jenkins had entwined his love for hip-hop with his newfound love for education and began teaching middle school. Being immersed in hip-hop since he was the age of the students he was now teaching, allowed “Jenks” to connect to the kids on a completely different level; so much so that he uses comparisons between hip-hop and Renaissance artists as tools to help his students better understand historical figures using modern examples. Spec, as he’s called for short, uses his own life experiences as examples to his students who are wrestling with peer pressure by rhythmically telling of his own perseverance. Using hip-hop as his umbilical chord he connects to a generation dictated by the now grossly commercial engine. Jenks and Spec become interchangeable as he drops science using his gift to give Life Through Music. He created Life Through Music (LTM) as a way to use his own life to get a message out to young people. LTM is a lecture-performance designed to provide today's youth, in both public and private institutions, the opportunity to hear how he, overcame the negative influences of drugs, alcohol, and the numerous other temptations often associated with peer pressure. “My focus is on raising student achievement and self-esteem.” Says Spectac; “I tell the kids that you cannot change a system while on the outside of it. I let my audience know that I understand how hard things can be during their critical teen years. The key is to let them know that I am with them, yet stepping forward while maintaining those connections. The goal of my presentation is to show them, through my experiences, the limitless possibilities that life has to offer. I believe that too often educators get caught up in things that appeal to the head and not the heart. Young people tend to gravitate to that which is heart-felt. Unfortunately this simple technique has become almost non-existent in today's education arena. What I bring to young people is first-hand knowledge of two worlds that many felt could never co-exist: EDUCATION and HIP HOP."
Though he sports a suit and tie during the day, the nighttime brings out the real lessons as he schools new cats about what’s really good on the mic. Charting on Billboards top 100 singles chart with the first release from his five song EP, “Lessons From The Ghetto, Spectac is bringing a new curriculum to the game. He puts it down on several mix tapes including: Spitkicker mix tapes (www.spitkicker.com) "The next Spit" vol. 1, hosted by Phife Dog and vol.3 hosted by MF Doom, The Enyce Experience Mix Tape, Deejay Mr. Cee’s mixtape and the UNC (University of North Carolina) internet radio cd compilation. Over the years Spectac has been interviewed by countless radio stations across the US and overseas. He was also interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), by Dick Gordon of ‘The Story’, regarding his dual role as an educator and hip hop artist.
With the help of long time friend and business partner Jonathan McLeod (JD), the edutainer is set to release his full-length album "Spectac Returns: Spectac Starring as Superman for a Day, Clark Kent for Life" through Domination Recordings this coming August. Critically acclaimed artists Phonte and Big Pooh of Little Brother, 9th Wonder, Big Daddy Kane and a host of others contribute masterfully to help accompany Spectac's enlightening wordplay. Rooted in old school, and well versed in the new school, Spectac describes his sound as a Kanye West meets Pete Rock reality. Such is the case with the first single "One Day Remix" where "classic royalty" Big Daddy Kane chimes in on this tale of rising to the top. The reality that penetrates the baselines of the slickly produced tracks cover topics from his relationship with his father, to his step grandfather who wherever he laid his hat was his home; and everything in between. Known for his impeccable freestyle, coming off the dome is what captivates his audiences as they get tangled in his eloquently crafted stories garnering him street cred for his flow as well as respect for keeping it real...positive.
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