Wale performed right after DJ Cassidy during Glowfest at Terminal 5. I wasnt a huge Wale fan and honestly am not familiar with his music much be he put on a great performance and got me interested in his album “Ambition” that dropped this week.
Here is a short video I shot of him :
Last Friday DJ Cassidy invited me to Glowfest at Terminal 5. I can go on about what a great performance he put on but I am going to let the video speak for itself :
“Piranha was commissioned by Silverstein Properties to create a short film depicting the completion of The New World Trade Center site. Piranha wrote, produced, art directed, filmed, and finished all vfx for this inspiring piece.”
Theophilus asked me to document the process of him working on the Calypso Blues song with Thomas Brenneck of the Manahan Street Band at a studio in Brooklyn. I always enjoy being in the studio with an artist and getting to see their process. Theo is extremely meticulous and detail oriented, he does not let anything compromise his vision of the final product he has in mind.
A portrait of him at the end of the day on the roof:
I’m kinda speechless. This is like the indie/internet rap version of “Flava In Your Ear” (hence the video reference) or, like, “Make It Rain” for you young bols. Despot (who is currently working on music after a hiatus with beats by Ratatat) opens with internal rhyme gymnastics while shuffling Lucky Charms (Irish?), Kool A.D. (first half of Das Racist) seems pleased-enough to be rapping pretty straight-shot punchliners with a golfclub, while Heems (other half) probably missed the shoot? So they edited him in – he’s rapping from a video in a video (no Xzibit). Is Dap next-level cooking? Awno. Danny Brown spits gun-play rhymes better than any self-professed gangster rapper on the charts right now. But… does anyone know what “Blunt’s Paul Bunyan” means? El-P, the second white rapper on the track, who is actually the best. rapper. everrr. to some people, reminds me why those people have a good point. By the time Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire comes back on his own track, he has successfully painted ‘Huzzah’ on a fat booty and, shirtless, spits a raw couplet referencing Equilibrium.
Each of these artists have had their share of internet spectators dismissing them as jokes. I don’t entirely blame those snap-judgement makers – depending on your vantage point and context, it can be hard to take an “internet rapper” seriously off the strength of a few YouTubes from the latest rap blog tryna break the next hype artist. But wheat separates from chaff and real recognize real – this track should kill all doubt that these dudes are anything but serious. It’s a movie. It’s a movement. It’s a moviement.