Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Money. Brower. Respect. | The Documentary
Mass Appeal presents the latest documentary "Money. Brower. Respect." featuring Brooklyn's own Gloss Gang. There’s a t-shaped urban oasis called Brower Park that sits in the center of Crown Heights. Four acres of grass, trees and concrete, surrounded by the blocks that faced riot gear and broken glass during the Crown Heights riots 26 years ago. Brownstones lining those streets peer almost ominously, as if the energy of the park has drawn them in after years of watching from such a close distance. It was in this park, where a group of kids came together, bridging the gap from hobby into full-blown rap careers. They called themselves Gloss Gang. Their videos found their way onto social media over the past few years. Music videos like “Feelin Good” represented quintessential Gloss Gang — awash with ad-libs, their clips feature what seems like half of Crown Heights rapping along with their lines and bouncing to the beat, experiencing something felt more than understood. The Gloss Gang’s music distances itself from that of bygone Brooklyn rappers, toeing the line between frenetic and melodic with dexterity. They perform only one way it seems, with as many of their friends around them as possible, all rapping along. They don’t give a fuck if you like it as long as they like it. Such videos provide a small indication of Gloss Gang’s support in their own neighborhood. In a city that’s been handed over to corporations and condominium developers, Brower Park was the place where Swook and Stackz and countless others could live, grow and develop their own unique style. MASS APPEAL’s latest documentary film, crafted by director Nick Briggs, reveals the struggle and the pain, the highs and the lows of these emerging artists. You’ll hear from Swook, Stackz, as well as frequent collaborators Bee Staxx, Adrian Lau and their manager Sheriff PJ. You’ll watch them grow through unprecedented access to archival footage spanning a ten-year period. You’ll learn that Gloss Gang’s not really a duo, but in fact a trio (their third member, Vonna Hurk along with affiliated group 2605, were incarcerated earlier this year). There’s the pain and happiness, tragedy and success all through the eyes of individuals who really live the shit they rap about. Amidst it all, Gloss Gang still remains stronger than ever. Hungry for more, ready to make their name known. To put their neighborhood on their back. To make the name “Brower” ring around the world. Watch the film here and check out their most recent video for Immediately, live on Mass Appeal. Subscribe to Mass Appeal here: http://goo.gl/LqG3wZ --------------Mass Appeal-------------- Website: http://massappeal.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/massappeal Instagram: http://instagram.com/massappeal Facebook: http://facebook.com/massappeal
Shon Roka (pronounced Shaun Roca) the DJ also known as Shaun Ortega was born on the west-side of Chicago. He started gaining fame as a bboy in 1991 and later became a member of a well known crew called the BRICKHEADZ. He would perform for such artist and events such as The Roots, KRS One, Immortal Technique, Dougie Fresh, Common, Rhymefest, Cypress Hill, Pharoah Monch, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Taste of Chicago, Lollapolooza, Looptopia, B96 Summer Bash just to name a few. The BRICKHEADZ also won many breakin' competition nationally and internationally. While Shon Roka was being active as a bboy he was working on his craft of being a DJ. DJing for w/ Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Adidas, Vans, Uprise (Chicago) Skateshop for numerous in-stores, sporting events, galleries and corporate outings. Also Shon Roka is a resident DJ post Covid in Chicago at McGee's, Tantrum, Imbibe and Harbee's. While being a DJ, he has been teaching music production and the Art of Skateboarding through Maggie Daley's After School Matters. Also known as Gallery 37. For more information contact via email.