The things that are very special.

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Today i received this pic, it really made my day.  Legendary Grandmaster DJ Disk from the Invisible Skratch Piklz had framed one of my pieces and hung it in prime position in his recording studio. 

Why this made my day was that Disk is someone that i believe is borderline Genius, someone who from a very early age and where going back to the late 70s had this vision of a DJ, I have seen sketches he did as a kid, one turntable and mixer, this was long before he got turntables.  He then went on to become a DJ, but unlike most DJ’s he focused on the one turntable and this new thing called scratching.  Along side his crew the Sratch Piklz took scratching to new heights, somewhere i think to this day no body has still come close.   They developed innovated styles, creatives will always create.   Beyond that me and Disk kept a great friendship.  We would talk over and still talk over ideas, concepts, here is someone that i can bounce off, and him likewise.

He is a serious record collector, very in tune with me and my older brother.  He surrounds him self with art and creative things.  We all had our up and downs and came out bigger men and we are still here.

One great memory was that Disk had been telling me about his  band ‘Tabla Beat Science’. So I checked them out, my cousin who plays Tabla also checked them out, He was like ‘Pritt that guy is incredible, I can not do that, his level is a master of it’.  So i spoke to my father who is 70 plus years who once tried learning how to play them.  He broke it down to me, that you learn by a language not music sheet.  So I asked him who is the best in the world? his answer was Zakir Hussain, who was playing Tabla in the band non other than Zakir Hussain. 

Although we are thousands of mile apart, Diamond D said to me, its really about people who you keep in your circle. So to see my Star Wars piece hanging in this mans studio.  It means a lot to me as this one artist recognizing another, in my world that speaks volumes.

Pritt

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How my ideas usually start.

Earlier in the week I started work on a new t-shirt idea. Inspired by the 60’s and 70’s poster artwork that was popular in the San Fan, Bay area.

Long before i ever knew about Hip Hop, my house was the home of psychedelic music and art thanks to my older brother and sister. Anyhow recently I saw a poster that I wanted to try recreate, but now to have a little hip hop flavor to it.

The original sketch featured names from the upcoming film ‘looking for the perfect beat’. I posted it on facebook to only get a lot of private messages ‘Pritt, where is my name?’. So yesterday my brother Kool Keithee McKenzie visited me to shoot my whilst sketching out a new idea. 3 years ago I got this slider for my camera, but I haven’t had a chance to use it. I picked up 2 tripods the other day from ebay, so this was the perfect opportunity to have a play.

In between editing my film this is how i spend my time now. either cutting up records or doodling. So here you go, this is quick look at how I usually work, and develop my ideas into a final product.

The poster features the names of artists who have always had my back and to this day stay in touch and support my work, if i missed anyone I’m sorry. I just ran out of paper.

Behind the scenes – Tha 4orce. Good Guys Never Win

Shot straight after completing the video for ‘Good Guys Never Win’ by ‘Tha 4orce’. Myself, Steven Ellington (tha 4orce) and Andy Higgs sat down to reflect on the days going on.

This video was done on a zero budget, but as Tha 4orce is part of the team we came together to try do something different.

The video features Andy Higgs, hailing from South London. He has established his name as an up and coming photographer and videographer. He was also part of the team that headed out to NYC last year to work with me on the King of the Beats film ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’.

It was a nice day. The sun came out. We was able to shoot, edit and upload the video in a day. Here is our take on the days goings on. enjoy

THA 4ORCE – GOOD GUYS NEVER WIN FROM SETTING STANDARDS DELUXE EDITION ON KING OF THE BEATS

Today I’m proud to drop this video. My Partner in King of The Beats Records Tha 4orce, Steven Ellington had been talking to me about making a trip to the Midlands to pay me a visit.

The Plan was to watch the Edits for the Film ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’. Discuss and plan our return trip to NYC to complete the movie. Instead we ended up shooting 3 videos.

The first was a video promo geared towards promoting his radio show. Mind Tha Gap Radio is a monthly show dedicated toward new music only. My part in the show is minimal. I helped plan and design the site .  To Motivate and be there spiritually behind the scenes.

The second is a video for the song – Good Guys Never Win taken from the Album Setting Standards the Deluxe Edition, the new vocal version produced and featuring Tha 4orce.

Shot on location in Birmingham City we started out sunrise this morning 01.03.2014 without much of a plan. The only idea we had was to make sure the main character would be walking somewhere. Unfortunately things did not work out to plan, the footage just did not come out to plan. So we went back to our old format of stand and rap infront of the camera. We shot 7 scenes returning back to Redditch to start Editing.

We put together a tidy video, but personally it lacked any spark. I felt it needed another layer and that we need to step our game up.

Thankfully Andy Higgs arrived at my place traveling 150 miles to join us on today’s project. We had a open discussion where I aired where I felt the video needed to go, and what I wanted to do. I had mentioned this to Steven earlier the day before.

Im not a fan of Pharrel Williams but I can not say that I do not really admire his work, vision on his Happy single. The video blew me away. I could see that this was going to be a big thing internet not just for its high spirited lyrics, topic and drum patterns, but the video concept. Bringing people together no matter their race, gender, sexuality, size, age or dancing ability. I could that this was going to be a internet sensation with people, groups all over the world being inspired to shoot their own versions of the song. He has lifted the spirits of the people like no president has ever done. its been a week already and look at how many global covers there are, even northen soul versions of the song.

I wanted to do my own spin on that, but unlike the videos that you see from Japan, Russia, Italy and Australia this would be like the answer record, not a diss version but the opposite to happy, Tha 4orce had written a very personal story, expressing his frustrations that many like us feel, how good guys grinding hard always seem to loose out. Hence the opposite to the Happy song by Pharrel.

Andy Higgs after watching the Pharrel Video at my house for the first time suggested that I sit in the back of his van with the doors open and shoot Steve walking around. We would get the smooth shot and maybe we will capture some magic. Steve said that we can do 2 takes, that he would rhyme ever other line and that we edit the 2 scenes together. We did one take of him rhyming the lines as we drove around Winyates shooting.

Returning to my house after 30 mins, I started to put a new video together. We got the magic, adding the element of a story or character to the video. Collectively we sat together as I edited the video. I must say Im very pleased with the outcome. Although we are based here, im very proud to have some great and creative people around me.

As I keep telling these guys at this age this is what I love to do, to be and continue being creative is something I strive and enjoy being / doing. In Rakims words..’I aint not joke’. Thank for your support enjoy our new video, directed by yours truly.