THEBLKHANDS represented in a big way. “Rich&Famous” featuring Jay Saif will silence any doubt that they have to have a big name artist to catch notice. This song stands alone with a fun video to accompany it.
Filmed in the streets of New York City the video stands out when the effects are not the main focus. Even with the effects, the video was well thought out and suits these artists well. At times gritty and most often comical, fans may have a hard time not laughing out loud. Some may be surprised of the comedic styling these artist display. It shows humor, intelligence and sarcasm, all wrapped up in a well directed video. Director Anthony Sylvester has a promising future.
The track. “Rich&Famous” is a musical and lyrical treat. The ILLA produced track is close to flawless, the deep bass is the type that makes listeners want to turn it up to feel the rumble, yet it by no means overwhelms the track.
Do not let the video fool you, this is a lyrical journey as well. It warns of the perils of an industry, where people are not what they seem and the temptations are many. Cazzie Jetson opens it hard before tossing the the track to Jay Saif who meshes with THEBLKHANDS well.
The chorus is shared between the two as well. While there are likely to be comparisons to Drake, they make him look like a poor example of how it should be done.
Dominic Serendip then takes over with a hilarious trip through Times Square with a metal detector. He plays this well and the video styling is superb. His flow. He has listeners chasing behind his words, at all times a step behind and often times missing it completely.
This trio has a magic formula and the artists they work with are of an equally high caliber which show creatively sound judgement as well. If they can’t make it in this business, then fans should worry about what will.
Download the track here: soundcloud.com/theblkhands/rich-famous-feat-jay-saif
Directed by Anthony Sylvester
AD – Nicholas Daniele
DP – Derek Aspenberg
Edited by Mike D’Angelo
Production Assistant – Ray Rodriguez
LPZ Media is currently working with Steve Lucin of Halucinated Design on a number of commercial and non-commercial projects, making great use of his fantastic motion graphic creations to accompany our live action productions. Take a look at Steve’s motion graphic reel below and hit him up for any of your design needs. He’s our guy!
v. A design, animation, or any other graphic piece of work that is creative, colorful, epic, and/or stimulating, which has been professionally designed by Steve Lucin.
Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Val through Anthony Sylvester, who was originally commissioned to direct the music video for “White Boy Boogie”. When I jumped on the project, I knew right away that Val needed something sleek and provocative, from a minimalist perspective. I quickly imagined Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” music video from the 80′s when I was a kid, and thought that perhaps the idea of Val rapping in front of a crew of hot girls would be simple and interesting enough to pursue; creatively speaking of course. I showed up to his studio with my Canon 7D, some seamless white paper, and two stands. In the end, we came out with the “White Boy Boogie” music video that still seems to resonate among many of Val’s fans. I hope that after his incredible success from Dancing with the Stars, he takes the plunge back into the Rap game… Check out “White Boy Boogie” below:
Dreamscape stands as a window view into the Live Lucid philosophy that Dominic Serendip created and stands by.
With the help of director Anthony Sylvester, Dominic describes Live Lucid as living life with full control over yourself and the dreams you wish to accomplish. Like having a lucid dream, living lucid is understanding where you are in life, where you want to be, and understanding that it’s only you, yourself that stands in the way from you living your dream. “Dreamscape” is the journey between two worlds, the world you currently live in, and the world you begin to create for yourself. It’s the journey from whatever is holding you back, and onward onto the land of fulfillment. It’s time to break down the barriers in your mind, build what you believe to be true, and use your dreams as a tool to drive you where you want to be. It’s time to Live Lucid.
Katakresis spent the last nearly four years in Ecuador and Chile teaching English as a second language and making music, often incorporating the sounds he discovered abroad into his own productions. His most recent album, “Beats Santiaguinos” was released as a free download in October 2010, and he is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, “Vantage Point.”
Here’s a new track just uploaded – http://soundcloud.com/katakresis/viernes-solitario
I’ve recently been commissioned by Kashroc, a record label out of LA, to begin directing videos off of producer, Timestretch’s upcoming album, “A Moment in Time,” featuring hip hop artists Hezekiah, Skillz, Chaundon, and Planet Asia.
My first shoot was in Philly this past weekend with Hezekiah, for the single “All I Need.” Taking cue from early shooting experiences, we took a day trip throughout Center City and North Philly on bikes, hitting up spots and shooting visuals, crafting a spontaneous but liberating narrative, that should speak to all those who just want a little love in their lives.
Philly is a hidden gem of great locations, quirky locals, and an ironically rough but laidback attitude, that is more than infectious. Going back to my home city always serves as an immense inspiration for both my art and personal outlook. I feel blessed at this point in my career to be traveling for work, and look forward to hitting the west coast soon to finish out the videos, and gain even more perspective into this wild and crazy world around us.
Be on the lookout for “All I Need” for a late October release, as well as the other videos later in the Fall and Winter!
Students, Faculty, and Administrators march with Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, in New York City’s annual Columbus Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. The grand marshal of this year’s parade was Mario J. Gabelli, alumnus and benefactor of the Gabelli School of Business, Class of 1965. It was a fun shoot with a quick turn-around. Really enjoyed meeting Father McShane!
So I’ve been a little MIA for a while on the LPZ blog, and truth be told, I miss being out there with the guys making videos… I’ve dedicated much of the past few months to my writing, with the hopes of developing a personal story into a feature film – but that’s a tale for another day.. It certainly feels good to be back on the blog and sharing my latest works. Props to Kev & Tony sly for continuing the grind and posting dope material!
So when KLO, Ant, and JPeez are not wearing our proverbial LPZ “capes” at night – we serve the TV/Film community in a variety of different functions. I work at GREY Advertising as TV Commercial Producer – and was recently granted the opportunity to *Direct & Produce* the new RADIO SHACK commercials. The spots are intended for National TV audience in both General Market and US Hispanic TV, in fact they’re already on the air .. We shot entirely on the iPhone 4S and Android Smartphones, based on the creative concept of allowing the actors to move freely and express themselves candidly to the camera. It was a small, nimble, two man wrecking crew consisting of Adam Defrin and myself – supporting us were the lead creatives were Barry Katz (copywriter) & Alex Kaplan (art director). The mastermind behind the entire campaign is Jeff Odiorne (executive creative director), a big fish folks, he invented the tagling “EA Sports, it’s in the game”… So THANKS JEFF for having confidence in me and your guidance during the shoot. This project was without a doubt, my biggest gig and the opportunity of a lifetime – for which I am extremely grateful.. Now hopefully there’s more to come
So if you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the Radio Shack spots…
NOW GO BUY SOME PHONES!!
Samuel Clemente is a hard man to track down. When he’s not busy solving advance calculus equations or experimenting with gamma radiation, his whereabouts are a great mystery. Sidebar: why are all mysteries “great” ones? I’d like to nominate this mystery as the first “mediocre mystery.” Lets try this again; When he’s not busy solving advance calculus equations or experimenting with gamma radiation, his whereabouts are a mediocre mystery, a seriously inconsequential absolutely positively highly mediocre mystery. Some have ventured to guess his whereabouts, with the leading hypothesis being “he’s on a couch somewhere eating Cheez Doodles.” And while I can do nothing to settle this non-existent debate, I can answer one just as important question: Yes, yes I did just try to whip it out.
- Love, Samuel Clemente
P.s. There shouldn’t have been a comma there, it should read “Love Samuel Clemente.” Seriously ladies, love me…. nobody else does… sad face.
Fred Bear of ikeepsit100.com and LPZ have once again teamed up to create the second episode of “Confessions of a Sneaker Addict.” After a successful first episode in LES with MC and LPZ friend and collaborator, Skyzoo, we decided to take it to Harlem for some uptown flavor.
We shot at the Vault, famed urbanwear shop in the heart of Harlem with legendary sneaker collector The Mayor.