Category Archives: Music Videos

Hip-Hop Kinetic Typography

Dream Girl Kinetics

This is a Hip-Hop Kinetic Typography Music Video I produced for some independent artists out of Toronto. I was inspired by the Cee-Lo Green video ‘F— You’ and other Kinetic typography videos. A funny story accompanies this video, or tragic, I was like 80% done with the video, but then my power went out; which corrupted the file, so I had to spend another 10-12 hours re-creating everything. That was a lesson in saving multiple drafts of all video projects – especially in the Wonderful, yet buggy, Adobe After Effects, lol.

And of course with anything that is abstract, comes politics – especially when dealing with different people (which now, I really understand why most artists want to work for themselves and not deal with bullshit from other clients, collectives, etc.) … but thats for another chapter in my book, I’ll just say that when sampling a population, make sure your sample is representative of the target audience of your works.

Video Produced, Directed by d dot b (moi).

Also check out this artwork I did too:

Euro-Hop on Hip-Hop

The Euro Flava on Hip-Hop

2010 can probably be seen as the year of the ‘teaser’, where hip-hop got a little sugary taste of euro flavor. And the equivalent to the creepy guy that delivered the sugary snack was none other than Euro house star producer David Guetta. With chart-topping tracks for Kid Cudi, Estelle, Flo Rida, and Black Eyed Peas, other hip-hop and urban artists are taking note and realizing a new potential and opportunity. Some absolute truths exist with the euro market;
A) it is a big-ass market,
B) most Europeans already embrace the hip-hop culture

Thus, as hip-hop grows and continues its syntheses, 2011 will be the year of more and more songs embracing the Euro flava’. Rihanna just dropped a literal euro album, and everyone from Usher to Ne-Yo has singles in the works.
However, some of the hip-hop purists abd your general haters, have voiced some of their dis-taste for this evolution – citing it as ‘pop’, ‘euro trash’, and turning hip-hop into shit. What I think it is actually doing is tapping into a sub-genre that for some reaspn took very long for artists to explore. Hip-Hop has many Flavors, and this particular one will be somewhat on the pop tip; with mindless lyrics about club life, e-popping, and alcohol drinking rhymes, but isn’t it better than the current ‘club hip-hop’ trash of Wocka Flocka and other ‘hits’ that only talk about shooting and drug dealing? I guess I am referring to deciding between picking on one of the lesser evils, but from a societal standpoint, music laced with heavy degradation and negativity can’t be good. We are probably a long way off for clubs to be playing Talib Kweli or Immortal, but give me a euro-pop track with layering instrumental compositions with mindless lyrics, over bass-heavy coke-laced raps.

And really, life is all about innovation & progression, and that is what hip-hop has always done – I’m not saying that this sub-genre should dominate the artform, but it should be a viable repertoire in an artist’s weaponary and should be similied to ‘dirty South’, ‘west coast’ hip-hop style.

David Guetta feat Chris Willis, Fergie, LMFAO


Flo Rida – Club Can’t Handle Me ft. David Guetta

Sweet Freedom

Sounds of the 80’s

When you have a song stuck in your head, for a couple of years, it really sucks; especially if you consider yourself a music snob/connoisseur. Today however, via the wonderful app ‘Shazam’ for Blackberry, I was able to come across this gem from the 80’s; Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers in ‘Sweet Freedom’. This song was part of the soundtrack from one of those formulaic black cop/white cop movies of the 80’s ‘Running Scared’ featuring a young Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines (where did he go?). I’m a fan of music with heavy synthesizers and variations, so I recall hearing this song a couple years ago, and said it had to be a part of my collection; when I saw the music video however, it really deviated from my perception of the artist – which is cool. I thought it was gonna be a gheri-curled out brother in tight jean clothing, not a Doobie brother. C’est la vie.
One thing that is always funny about the 80’s is that all the music videos and party scenes look very gay; it seems it was ga ay ‘ol time or something (check what G Hines is wearing and the close face dance sequence with B Crystal) – not for me. Anyhow, enjoy a gem from the 80’s.

.:: LiBM ::.