I’ve really been slacking on posting to the blog and I apologize. I have new music recorded and this is actually the first year since 2008 that I haven’t released an album or a mixtape, but I’ve been working overtime on getting my first short film made. If you haven’t been keeping track, it’s called Hit the Hitman. The above video is from a couple of weeks ago, right after we made out Kickstarter goal.
Making a movie, even a short film is really fucking involved. You have to plan and pick out everything, from the dishes to the music and everything in between. It is possible to just show up someplace and start shooting, but the type of film I want to make which involves creating a world unto itself, means that I have to look at and make a call on the smallest thing, like should we get a costume hemmed or what kind of lighting should we have for the scene. It’s kind of crazy but I’ve actually really been enjoying it.
As far as preproduction, my favorite part was doing the story boards. I literally drew every shot as if I was making a comic book or something, but just not as detailed because it’s just not necessary. But the thing that surprised me is how much I like working with actors. Coming up with how and why a character speaks or reacts to something is a really collaborative process and I compare it to when I’ve had musicians or singers come in to work on one of my songs. You have an idea of how something should be and then someone can come in and give you a different look at it that can totally elevate the whole project. It’s one of the coolest things that can happen creatively, IMO.
Anyway, I hope to step up my postings in the coming weeks. I’m trying to better manage my time so I can do all of the things that I love, one of which is listening to, making and sharing new music through this website.
Hope to hear from everyone in the comments as things progress and I hope that you’re excited to see our movie. If you’d like to get on the film’s Facebook page go here.
Thanks and PEACE!
A lot of rappers love to say “we make movies!” but I’m ready to do just that. Most, if not all of you on this email list are subscribed because you are a fan of my music or another artist on Under Sound Music. This will be my first major endeavor into making a short film and I want it to be a project that I share with my fans, friends and family!
Our film is called Hit the Hitman. It’s kind of a dark comedy that I wrote after I read an article online titled “Man Hires Hitman to Kill Hitman Hired to Kill His Wife.” What I thought the article was about was actually wrong but was actually pretty funny so I wrote a short script and shared it with my brother who got on board as the lead character. I’d tell you more of the plot but this is one of those things where if I tell much more then I give it away!
Making a movie isn’t like making music. In fact, making music is just a small piece of what it takes to make a movie. It takes a lot of people and of course that means that it takes money! We started a Kickstarter for this project and we’d love for you to be part of it. For your participation we’re offering some great rewards; everything from a mention in the credits to a signed poster and DVD.
Please take the time to check out the Kickstarter page and if you think it might be cool to see a movie written and directed by E Major, donate and make it a reality. Every dollar helps get us closer to our goal. We’ll be updating as we go to let everyone know how things are progressing and we’ll do a video when we’re at 50%.
Thanks for your time and I hope you join us in making this movie more than a dream!
New single from Rome Cee with fellow Baltimore artist IllConscious called “Life’s A Bitch 2014″. This joint is MEAN. Both MC’s naturally have styles that call back to the era of Illmatic so it just feels right that during the 10th anniversary of Nas’ classic 1st album, they pay homage with this track. Homage aside the joint is dope on it’s own, which is what’s really important.
Reminiscent of a young Nas and AZ, Baltimore emcees, Rome Cee and IllConscious trade verses over the soulful backdrop provided by up and coming producer, Ancient Soundz. The two tackle the hardships of growing up surrounded by street life and coping from different perspectives.
“Life’s A Bitch 2014″ will be featured on the compilation album, No Titles, presented by Consumer Voice entertainment due out Fall of ’14.
New music from August Gordon!!! He’s definitely one of the illest beatmakers I know and probably one of the illest out, period.
Here’s what August has to say about the project.
This project came about when I stumbled upon an old hard drive at a friends containing a bunch of great instrumentals that I had forgotten about from the late 90s into the early 2000s. I originally intended to just release a “Lost Tapes” beat tape of sorts but when I started going through them I realized that a lot of the beats had a real distinct east coast golden era flavor. I picked the best of those gems and added a bunch of stuff from recent years that didn’t get placed or Id forgotten,made some new beats, did some edits,interludes etc and viola, Beast Coast was born. Growing up in Baltimore and spending a lot of my childhood in NY, this serves as my homage to the northeast, a place that brought me my first true love in music, hip hop. This is a good joint to blast in the whip, play some dice to late night or just pump out some big ol speakers at a house party.Watch the levels cus I kept it unmastered and raw, the way u used to get tapes from your friends back in the day.Hopefully this will help u get caught back up in the nostalgia of a sound that keeps reinventing itself!! As always free download (donations accepted).I just ask if you enjoy the music spread it around. Peace and Love and have a safe, fun and productive summer )