i’ve been following theophilus london since i found out about his mixtape (this charming mixtape) via governed by loyalty at the end of ’08. it was love at first listen. most recently, he’s released a music video for the song humdrum town.
humdrum is one of my fave cuts from the tape, and i have to say i like the tape version more than this remastered one. there’s something rawer about it. but that’s not to say that this tweaked sound isn’t ace as well.
this video gets an a+. great visuals (love him cruising down the center of the street with the cars as backlight). the vintage/throwback vibe is strong; the people in the bar rapping and singing the lyrics via karaoke, nice touch. in a landscape that’s seeing a lot of cookie cutter videos right now, this entire 3:38 croons originality, even with it paying homage to the film mean streets.
i look forward to whatever comes next from theophilus (LOVE his name, btw)…which i’m hoping will eventually be a video for my favorite song by him so far: cold pillow.
it’s somewhat somber that this is the first subject to appear on my new blog, but there’s nothing else i’d rather feature first.
2 days ago, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
i know several people with family there, as well as a good friend who works there. needless to say, my heart and thoughts are with everyone there trying to survive.
right now i’m watching the abc news special with the latest reports on the ground. they say that there is a 72-hour window directly following such a disaster when it is critical to rescue those trapped. there are 24 hours left.
i hope there are many trapped who are fighting and winning the unimaginable battle to live.
although it’s the poorest, i’m hoping that good comes out of this tragedy and Haiti sees major, positive change.
a blank slate can create something even better than before.
wyclef jean’s organization, yele haiti, has been a leading entity in the fundraising effort. although i’ve never been, this song off of his amazing first solo album, the carnival, always makes me think of the country.