Louis Quatorze Video

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My first video project was for an assignment in Latin class my Junior year of high school. It sparked an interest in me to visually express myself, which I carried over into my collegiate career. At the University of Tulsa, I founded a film club to bring together talented individuals from a variety of trained and non-trained backgrounds to write, direct, and act in student-led videos. Post college, I have continued producing shorts and documentaries, with several showing in the Saint Louis Filmmakers Showcase as well as the Saint Louis International Film Festival. In December of 2011, I decided to work intimately with the hip-hop music scene in Saint Louis to create music videos that would highlight each artist in ways that would challenge conventional thinking on what a hip-hop music video could and should be. I continue to collaborate with Saint Louis artists in the hip-hop scene to promote and show the creativity of the city, and my blog serves as a source of local hip-hop news for others to discover new music, new videos, and new perspectives.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:19

Anatomy of a Videographer

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The creative community, at large, in Saint Louis is underrated and overlooked. Even within our own state, Missourians look to Kansas City as the art mecca with its ten thousand fountains, Google Fiber, and fine arts schooling. This blog regularly features the music of impressive native artists that are hungry…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:26

SlumFest 2013

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On Saturday, June 15th, all of Saint Louis hip-hop will descend upon the Grove to rock the Atomic Cowboy with the best the city has to offer. In one place, all day from 2PM - 2AM, there will be a number of live performances from over 40 local artists in…
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:01

The Roof is on Fire

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For the past five months, this blog has explored multiple facets of local hip-hop. I've covered some of the biggest players on the scene that are making moves on the national stage, the producers that are critical in creating an infectious sound for rappers, and the effort that goes into…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 17:37

Up and Coming: J'Demul

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When most people are seventeen years old, they're still trying to find their way through life, often asking themselves the questions: Who am I? Where do I fit in? What should I be doing? This process of self-discovery and experimentation in our late adolescent years is highly influential on us…
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:11

Blame It On My 80-D

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When you have a good working relationship as a director with your actors, crew, clients, etc., you look forward to creating things with them. In music videos, when you respect the work of an artist and his/her/their music gets you genuinely excited, the creative process in developing a video for…
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 12:37

Hip-Hop Roundup - May Edition

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Most think of Spring as a time of warmer weather, bountiful sunshine (and in the case of Saint Louis, rain), and outdoor festivals with fresh food and jamming music. For hip-hop peeps, it's the busiest time of the year for new music releases as tons of mixtapes are hitting the…
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:40

Artistically Day Dreaming

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An original -- a goal of most artists, but simply having this as a goal does not mean that you are or will ever be. Likewise, saying that you are does not translate into being. You are either original or you are not. Although simple, originality in music, in any…
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:10

Mixtape Review: TyLan "Insomnia"

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Do you ever hear the first several seconds of a song on the radio and immediately know what it is? Without the chorus or certain distinguishable sounds having been played, certain artists' music is immediately recognizable, which is typically indicative of consistency. For TyLan, a Saint Louis native, music is…
Thursday, 18 April 2013 12:33

The Crews (featuring Doorway)

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Crews are not a new concept, they are an institution of hip-hop that have been around nearly as long as the music itself. From TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) in the West coast to MMG (Maybach Music Group) in the East, crews are ubiquitous for a reason: they serve as a…
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:31

A man, A track, A music video

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On this blog, we've mentioned Tef Poe multiple times. A native of Pine Lawn, a small, impoverished community within the Saint Louis metropolitan area, Tef has lived under tough circumstances, seeing members of his family imprisoned or killed. Despite his difficult upbringing, he has propelled himself forward through writing, which…
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 14:02

Concept is Key

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Honing one's videography skills takes time; years of experience makes camera equipment seem second nature, a third hand. Shots come together naturally, and there is rarely an awkward pause or moment in determining what looks good and what doesn't. Ideas come before production, and they are the great equalizer. Before…
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