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Oh man, I can’t believe it’s been about 5 years since I directed this gem. So much can happen in 5 years. This video will never get old to me and the way it all worked out was just perfect fate. I had no idea this little passion project would explode…
The Description of the Video written on December 19th, 2007
“a spec video directed by VA$HTIE for the song “Us Placers” off Kanye’s mixtape “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” (which samples Thom Yorkes song “The Eraser” of his solo album “The Eraser”), using child versions of each artist. appearances by: Jamie, Plain Pat, Stephen SB WEAR Barr and Ruffy.
directed by Va$htie. dp’ed by Kira Kelly. edited by Scenario.
this video was shot for the love of the song on zero budget! ie: all the clothes and props were mine or a friends. thanks to everyone who helped out and worked for free
special thanks to: the crew, the cast (Jumaane Jr., Nigel, Boogie, Michael and Michaela), Anna Sumilat, Plain Pat, Ruffy (Marcella and Phillip), Elle Clay, Rob Young, JaVon Floyd, Oscar Wild, Erin Lennox, Ben Dickinson, Raul Lopez, Kareem Johnson, Aahmek Richards, Scott Williams, and Stephen Barr.
***please note this was not a commissioned video. none of the artists included on the piece had anything to do with the video***”
Oh man, this song can’t get any better…the beat, the flow…fantastico!
Some facts about this video and KMD:
-KMD stands forÂ Kausing Much Damage, orÂ A positive Kause in a Much Damaged society.
-KMD formed in 1988 and hail from Long Beach, New York and was made up by ZEV LOVE X, DJ SUBROC & RODAN.
-All three were Black Muslims.
-The original third member RODAN left the group before signing to finish high school. He was replaced by ONYX THE BIRTHSTONE KID.
-Member ZEV LOVE X later became MF DOOM (Daniel Dumile – who I just read is Trinidadian & Rhodesian), his younger brother DJ SUBROC was also a group member.
-Native Far Rockaway 3RD BASS member, MC SERCH, caught wind of them and asked them to make an appearanceÂ in his video “Gas Face”.
- The guest appearance caught the attention of A&R Executive DANTE ROSS (the homie!). They were signed to Electra Records.
NICK DIAMOND, DANTE ROSS & ME (My 2011 Birthday Party)
-They released their debut album “Mr. Hood” in 1991 which focused on racism and black empowerment in a light-hearted manner.
-They released their second album “Black Bastards” in 1993. Â ZEV LOVE X created the sambo caricature being hanged.
-Shortly before the release of “Black Bastards”, member SUBROC was killed while trying to cross the Long Island Expressway.
-After the death of his brother, ZEV LOVE X retreated from the Hip Hop scene. Years later he would return as MF DOOM.
This is quite possibly my favorite white girl rap. The track is a perfect blend of hip hop, pop, new wave and jazz. Blondie not only takes the cake as one of the most influential American New Wave bands, but Debbie Harry was too cold with her blond tresses and punk fashion. I live!
This video is filled with fun facts (according to WIKIPEDIA)…like:
1. The music video debuted in 1981 and was the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV.
2. The location is set in the East Village of Manhattan (My hood, yo).
3. The “Man from Mars” or “voodoo god”, dressed in a white suit and top hat is dancer William Barnes. He also choreographed the piece.
4. “The final shot is a one-take scene of Debbie Harry dancing along the street, passing by graffiti artists, Uncle Sam, a Native American and a goat. Fab Five Freddy and graffiti artists Lee Quinones and Jean-Michel Basquiat make cameo appearances. Basquiat was hired when Grandmaster Flash did not show for the filming…”
I always found it funny that Basquiat played a DJ in the video and not an artist.
Everything about this track and video is perfection!
SOME TRIVIA…via WIKIPEDIA
*The beat is sampled from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” (see video below)
*Everyone told Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) that Joni Mitchell wouldn’t approve the sample, so Janet called her personally and played the song for her. Days later, Joni said Yes!
*While Joni Mitchell was on tour in 1998, she added elements of Q-TIP’s rap into her performance of “Big Yellow Taxi” (Wow).
*Although the track is credited to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson – hip hop collective The Ummah (composed of Q-Tip, J Dilla, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad) state they actually produced the track…(which I definitely believe *staring at my nails).
*The video for “Got Til It’s Gone” was directed by one of my all-time favorite directors, Mark Romanek. The video is inspired by
the amazing portraiture work of Malick SidibÃ© and tells the story of South Africans having a good time in the 60′s/70′s during Apartheid.
This is still the jam!
I love this video!!! Rough 3-D and Radiohead make for the perfect visual!
Green Day was The Sh*t…or The Dookie. Such a trio of cuties that made bomb classic music!
I sometimes forget how these dudes inspired some of our most talked about newcomers in music today. This track is a classic.