New music videos by Sol-Leks & J.Craft

Summer’s in the air. And it’s a great time for some good ol’ NYC rap.

This time I’m bringing you some visuals from 2 of Manhattan’s Uptown elite. The first being a rarity from the leader of my Balance crew, and one of my favorite rappers that I know (if not my favorite) – Sol-Leks. The kid has been on a wild hungry streak, doing back to back shows and throwing this video together in the span of 2 days. I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan of this song until seeing the video. I get his vision now. It feels like a movement. He sampled it from a track on Kanye’s last album and chose it to be the lead of for what I hope means the arrival of Sol-Leks album. That would be something. For now, enjoy. And shout out to fellow Balance Crew member, 16’s Candles contributor and all around visionary, Who Is Number 5? for the camera work and editing. Nice assist by Rayniel as well. 

Speaking of Rayniel, who you may have seen me mention on this blog a couple times, the second video is by his team, the FM crew featuring the homie J. Craft on a solo mission. (Don’t it feel so 90’s? Peep the laid back flow and the brown bag on the car hood posturing) Rayniel also handled a majority of the filming and editing on this one. This is Inwood/Wash Heights Hip-Hop in it’s purest form. Manhattan keeps on making it! 

GWB film will finally give Wash Heights it’s shine…And I know the Star!!!

Much like my crew, The Balance, did for the area rap-wise when we released the video “DiMelo!” featuring almost every prominent rapper north of Harlem in Manhattan, there’s a film coming soon that will do the same cinematically for that very area. 

Washington Heights deserves it’s own spotlight and recognition on the big screen. As a region that is often used for locations in movies and seldom highlighted, it’s truly about that time.

Director and Writer, Jonathan Ullman has set out to do so. Using The Heights as a protagonist itself, the neighborhood is the primary setting for a fictional urban drama that gives a glimpse into life within the blocks steeped heavily in Dominican culture and often forgotten by the rest of the city. True enough, this is a lot less sunny than the depictions delivered by the In The Heights stageplay. No. This isn’t Broadway on Broadway. This is just Broadway. And with the void waiting to be filled, and a whole community waiting for a true-to-life reflection, this film can very well end up being this generation’s JUICE.

The IMDB site’s synopsis of the film reads,

“Near the shadow of the George Washington Bridge, a young Dominican teenager is hunted by a drug kingpin as his older brother must fight for both their survival over the course of a day in their Washington Heights neighborhood of New York.”

And with familiar faces like young Antonio Ortiz and veteran actor Luis Antonio Ramos, it feels more like a movement.

Most importantly, my boy Rayniel is the star of the film, bringing his career even closer to stardom. This blog didn’t exist when he made his national big screen debut in the indie film Sugar, but I was surely pumping and promoting it just as much as I will do for this flick. How ironic that Mr. Rufino is one of the many rappers from the Heights that assembled to make that “Dimelo” song and video a historic moment in Uptown history. It’s only fitting. The kid is super talented!

I’ll follow up once the trailer drops. In the meantime, check out some of the webisodes that update the film’s progress.

Opportunity Knocks, Sek-Won Breaks!!…New Instrumental Album

It’s the First of the Month.

And what better way to set things off than with a New release by my boy, Super-Producer Sek-Won??!

The project is titled Breaking Down Doors and you can sample it here…http://sekwon.bandcamp.com/album/sekwon-breakingdowndoors

This is the sophmore follow-up to his first album of beats, Earn A Name, and sees him reaching a point of refinement in his career as both a producer and album-maker. There seems to be a clean and clear point being made here. He lets the beats ride out with purpose and brings you into the identity of each one. Sure, there’s some repetition in the sounds he chooses, and with titles like “All Ya’ll Dumb Fucks Get Punished”, there is no denying that this is a Sek-Won project, made by Sek-Won. He puts his personality into his work and it shows. He can’t help it. He’s a kid straight from Washington Heights raised off salsa and underground NY Hip-Hop in it’s rawest form. You can hear his influences from tracks like “El Bochinche” to “Ma Rhumba”.

My favorite track is “Back At It Again”. Don’t be surprised if  you hear me make a banger over that one! I’m proud of my fellow former Group member from my defunct crew, The Balance. He’s Breaking Down Doors for sure…Just don’t stand in the way.

2 new Music Vids – Brandon Carter’s “Around The World” & Sol-Leks’ “Always Like This”

2 of my Favorite Rappers that I know!

First up…

The boy Brandon Carter Took advantage of his time in the islands and shot a video on location for one of my favorite joints from him. I was in the vid, via our time in the Grand Cayman Island yearly carnival, but alot of scenes got cut during editing.  Shout out to Brian on the camera work!! Let the video take you away for a minute while we up here above the equator deal with this Global Warming-induced iffy weather.

And second…

My boy Sol-Leks is a master at sampling. He took liberties with this song and made it his own. This is just a taste of what’s to come as he’s got 2 mixtapes dropping soon. Washington Heights’ own…He’s a problem. Shout out To Who Is Number 5? on the video! My crew, The Balance is still in full effect!