M.anifest – Makaa Maka (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on May 25th, 2012 by Hyphen

I missed this video from my guy M.anifest when it originally dropped back in January, but better late than never.  M takes you back to his homeland of Ghana with visuals for “Makaa Maka,” which loosely translates from Twi as “if I said it, I said it” or “I say it without apology.”  Say that then.

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Nas & Damian Marley ft. Dennis Brown – Land Of Promise (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 10th, 2011 by Hyphen

I said this would be an incredible album before it dropped…then watched as many people overlooked it on their year end wrap up lists…and now we continue to see dope visuals drop for the Distant Relatives project.  I’m convinced that when people look back on it years later, they’ll finally give it the respect it deserves.

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The Making Of Act II (video)

Posted in Artists, Videos on March 8th, 2011 by Hyphen

I cannot wait to hear Jay Elec rap over this.

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Nas & Damian Marley – Patience (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 13th, 2011 by Hyphen

Incredible new visuals from Nabil Elderkin and the Distant Relatives.  “Patience” is found on one of two albums Lupe mentioned as his favorites of 2010 in our interview, and I must agree.  I remember hyping this album up and then being surprised when people didn’t generally rank it as high as I did.  It’s going to go down as one of the more underrated projects of the last decade.

Sidenote: how salty does Kanye have to be after seeing this?  Nabil is virtually his in-house director and he was sitting on this gem that would have been perfect for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy aesthetics…

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Baaba Maal – Television (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 30th, 2009 by Hyphen

This is the kind of song/video that makes me want to get away.  I haven’t taken a vacation in ages and it might necessary soon to clear my head and recharge.  There’s only so many emails you can do before you literally start going insane.

Thankfully, songs like this calm everything down…

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The Kid Daytona ft. Bun B – Air Born (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos, Sports on September 9th, 2009 by Hyphen

I absolutely love this track off The Kid Daytona’s Come Fly With Me project (download here).  The homey 6th Sense murdered the beat and Tona’s flow is so ill on it.  Shout to Three/21 Media and Derek Pike on the direction for the visuals too.  Great job all around.

Some words from the director Derek Pike:

Last week I shot the “Air Born” video for The Kid Daytona featuring Bun B. The beat which is produced by 6th Sense has this real mellow floaty vibe to it so I knew I wanted to shoot the majority of this video with someone or something floating in midair. Since shooting in outerspace wasn’t in the budget, I had to settle for NYC. Luckily, Daytona knew someone here on earth that could defy gravity for us, EBCstar Africa. We shot the whole video at a little park downtown, no permits. Aside from having to work around screaming kids at camp, and a basketball leagues scheduled game everything went surprisingly smooth. Daytona and Bun B are two of the nicest and most laid back artists I have ever worked with. Shout outs to the Three/21 fam Rik, Nancy and Steve, Jamal, Owen, Jordan at Sneaktip, Dan, Evan, and of course Daytona, Bun B, 6th and Africa.
-Derek Pike

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A.R.M (Krukid & M.anifest) – Delilah & Uprisin’

Posted in Artists, Joints on July 24th, 2008 by Hyphen


As I mentioned when I posted M.anifest’s “Babylon Breakdown” video, M.anifest, Krukid, and the homey Budo are putting together a dope project called A.R.M. (African Rebel Movement / Africans Representing the Motherland).  See, M.anifest‘s representing Ghana (shout to the Black Stars), Krukid reps for Uganda, and Budo…well, that’s the 206 connection.  They’ve decided to leak a few tracks from their upcoming album and the joints are fire.  Check ’em out below:

A.R.M. (Krukid & M.anifest) – “Delilah
A.R.M. (Krukid & M.anifest) – “Uprisin'”

Hit up the crew on their new MySpace page, http://myspace.com/arm4arm, and be on the lookout for the full project coming soon!

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