Monday, May 1, 2017
Brother Ali | Never Learn | Official Music Video
From Brother Ali's full length album, "All The Beauty In This Whole Life" out May 5th on Rhymesayers Entertainment: http://rse.lnk.to/AllTheBeauty "This is another presentation made possible by community. We shot it in New Mexico at Dar Al Islam, a beautiful worship and healing center built mostly by American Muslims in the Adobe style prevalent in the Southwest. Spiritual and wisdom tradition holds that buildings should be designed in harmony with the natural beauty of the location, as well as the culture of the people in that area. Many of my elders built this place, and many of my friends grew up there. One thing interesting about this location is that after the death of Tupac Shakur, the Dar Al Islam community opened its doors to film his “I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto" video there. The dancers are Al Taw’am from Minneapolis. You may recognize them from the "Mourning In America” video, as well as their own international videos and news pieces. The twins are dear family friends and leaders in our cultural and spiritual community. Their movement speaks of their family legacy of dignified regality. I believe them to be royalty. They choreographed this incredible piece and brought the entire song and video to life. The video was directed by Kron, whom we've worked with in the past. He and his crew did an incredible job and I'm deeply grateful. Of course, Ant made the track with G Koop playing the instruments and deM atlaS added some additional operatic vocals at the end of the song. Special thanks to: Siddiq, Sidi Hakeem Archuletta, La'kisha Raeesah Holloman, Amir Sulaiman, and anyone else I'm forgetting. Please enjoy." – Brother Ali Pre-order now: https://rse.lnk.to/AllTheBeauty Catch Brother Ali on tour: http://bit.ly/TheOwnLightTour Subscribe for more: http://bit.ly/RhymesayersYT Music produced by Ant Video produced by MEOW WOLF (https://meowwolf.com) Director: Kron Producers: Ryan Thompson & Tristan Love AD: Amy West Dancers/Choreographers: Al Taw’am DP: James Longmire 1st AC: Grant MacAllister 2nd AC: Royce Leii B-Cam/Drone: Brian Solomon Gaffer: Drew Stahelin Key Grip: Josean Partida Swing: Shantanu Saraga ART Director: Chelsey Danielsen SPFX: Scott Hastings Set PA: Noah Trainor UPM: Alexandra Renzo BTS: Lindsey Kennedy Edited by: James Love Kron Colorist: Anton Esteban Horse wrangler: Casidy Sanchez Horse 1: YoYo Horse 2: Joe Special Thanks: Leo Fields Dar Islam Mosque Albuquerque Fire Dept. Brian Barnes Rick Bressan Tim Calahan David Cudney David Busse Beautiful Sky Productions 12 FPS CineMechanics Amazing Animal Productions Sid Yost Bill Stengel Seth Fuller Bode’s LYRICS: I don’t know where to turn I hit my head I guess I’ll never learn But they tell me I should let it bleed let it sting let it burn Get my head firm My goodness good morning You’re still an apprentice Every generation of MC f**k with me so ill by consensus You see what I speak you touch it and feel it all six of your senses My mission is endless I’ve been in this ten and I’m still as relentless Now build you a fence if you’re feeling defensive My power comes from the Most High Lord God of the globe sky Soul vibration is so fly I can walk on water no lie Champion author small fry rock of Gibraltar north side Serving this culture might I confide that I’m here to assault you I got some money in the bank that I did not have when I start Got a little money up in my hand I do not have money in my heart I’m standing on champion greatness I can not claim it cause that’s the creator I stand up and state it That’s not bragging it’s praying that’s what I’m saying I don’t know where to turn I hit my head I guess I’ll never learn But they tell me I should let it bleed let it sting let it burn Get my head firm Ya Hafidh Ya Wadud I was standing on stage when my hero died feel the heartbeat of my people’s cries Nation nineteen thirty three bowties light of the deen gleaming in your eyes Even when the tears flow down both side you know why you sacrificed your whole life You can go ahead let your soul fly cause the whole tribe blood line flow through mine Listen we love to fight cause we fight for love the poor righteous sons where the diamonds from Libraries are transcribing us and our ancestors are more alive than us put down everything you’re trying to clutch an undying lust to see the climate just baby we ride ‘til our time is up that’s just The Divine in us I don’t know where to turn I hit my head I guess I’ll never learn But they tell me I should let it bleed let it sting let it burn Get my head firm
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.