Kenny’s was a burger place located at the Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi. What was also in Kalihi: the childhood home of comedian Augie Tulba. You know what else was in Kalihi? The bowling alley known as Kamehameha Bowl, a/k/a Kam Bowl, where Chuck Furuya had some ox tail soup with some of his chef friends. What was also ALSO in Kalihi: Prometheus Brown and Bambu, who are united as The Bar, and together they’ve made an album called Barkada (Beatrock music) that will be released next week Tuesday. The album touches on their Filipino-ness, their roots in Hawai’i and Los Angeles, a Pacific and West Coast feel, and so much more. The album was self-proclaimed as a cross between “Nas’ Illmatic and Yall So Stupid’s Van Full of Pakistans.” Now, I’m not a big fan of Illmatic but the moment anyone compares themselves or their music to Van Full Of Pakistans, I’m sold 1000 times. “Coming (To America)” was produced by Seattle producer Justo, who you may know for his work as a member of The Physics.
Let me say this off the top: this is not a list of every single music video that was made in 2012. Making a video is now the norm these days, and at times the amount of videos I have a chance in posting is overwhelming. What this is is a listing of my favorites of music videos I have seen and enjoyed. It could be due to the artist, it could be due to the song, it could be a mixture of both, plus some visuals that I found pleasing to my eyes and thus the mind. I did not have a specific video I felt was the absolute best, but I felt these stood out for whatever reason.
Yinka Diz-Overnight Scenario
Prometheus Brown & Bambu-Lookin’ Up
Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis & Tyler, The Creator-Rella
Kimya Dawson-Solid and Strong
Diplo-featuring Nicky Da B-Express Yourself
Radioinactive featuring 2Mex & La Caution-Mint Tea
Eamon McGrath-Great Lakes
Sene-The Feel Reel
Shmu-House of Stares
El-P-The Full Retard
The Spinto Band-The Living Things
Dan Deacon-True Thrush
Kool A.D.-Al Green<
Has-Lo-Inherit The Stars (Paten Locke Remix)
Hungry Ghost-Epic Sadness
Boldy James-For The Birds
Rhye-The Fall (Live)
Says She’s Ms. Blat-Violent Nudity/Ha Ha Ha
Nosaj Thing featuring Kazu Makino-Eclipse/Blue
Toro Y Moi-So Many Details
Karriem Riggins-Round The Outside (Alone Together)
In response to recent shootings in Seattle, Blue Scholars decided to put together a track which speaks on the situation, calling for a bit of wisdom and help in the form of “May Day”. The song originated from a track Geo (a/k/a Prometheus Brown) did as part of a musical editorial he put together for the Seattle Times. That video brought back some positive feedback (along with the usual news website stupidity that often shows up in comments sections), enough to where Geo decided to put together a studio version of it with a beat from Sabzi‘s library, and here it is.
You may or may not find them in a blog featuring old school photos of them wearing Kangols, but you’ll definitely see and hear them in this video they did together for a track called “Lookin’ Up”, produced by Fatgums. The song is from the album Prometheus Brown and Bambu Walk Into A Bar, featuring an album cover that is very honorable for those of us sourced from the Pacific Rim.
Sometimes you have to wait awhile to find quality hip-hop, and here’s why the phrase “patience comes to those who wait” is appropriate. Here’s a new track by Bambu where he teams up with Blue Scholars‘ Prometheus Brown. Aisus, indeed!