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March 23, 2011, 9:52 am
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"This is diplo; also Wesley Pentz..."

Here at SME, we’re rather partial to moving documentation; especially when it gives us an insight into the people who cause us to skank. Diplo, the man behind record label Mad Decent and his avatar Major Lazer, has been featuring this short documentary at this years SXSW.

Whilst preparing for his annual Philadelphia Mad Decent Block Party, Diplo – unsurprisingly – reveals himself to be a salt of the earth kind-of-guy, talking about the influences he takes from studying both film and anthropology.

Shot mesmerizingly by director Wing-Yee Wu, this is one not to miss. Enjoy.


Via AYMEN.tv

[VIDEO] J Dilla: Still Shining (Documentary) by wearesme
February 7, 2011, 8:42 pm
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J Dilla would have been 37 years of age today. Sadly; this incredible talent was taken from the world on February 10th 2006, aged just 32. Dilla, born James Dewitt Yancey on February 7th 1974, suffered from an extremely rare blood disease called TTP which eventually took his life.

JD was one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Common. He continues to have a major influence on music, having left behind him a legacy and a catalogue of music.

As a tribute to the memory and legacy of J Dilla, a documentary has been released which was created back in 2006. “This is a piece designed for his fans and supporters who knew of his accomplishments before February 2006 and those that have grown to appreciate his genius. Here, we gain a greater insight and understanding about our musical icon.”

Happy Birthday J Dilla.


[VIDEO] Skepta 4Play Channel 4 Documentary (Full) by wearesme
January 30, 2011, 9:36 pm
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Here is the full documentary for which we brought you a preview clip a few days ago. Skepta is profiled for Channel 4’s 4play documentaries which offer a unique insight into some of music’s biggest names.

Watch Skeppy talk about his upbringing, the grime scene, boy better know, his tattoos and his upcoming album.

Skepta’s album ‘Doin It Again’ is released at midnight tonight (31st January 2011). Support UK music!

Doin It Again iTunes Download Link


[VIDEO] Skepta – 4Play Documentary (Preview + Link) by wearesme
January 27, 2011, 4:57 pm
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SME were just sent a preview to the upcoming 4Play documentary on grimes finest; Skepta.

The way preview has been shot and edited is genius. The poetry, recited over scenes shot backstage before a gig, present grime as an art-form, when other wise viewed as rough around the edges and often not given the credit it deserves as a movement.

Don’t be fooled; these guys are incredibly talented. Even more so than some of the US A-List popstars that you hear on your radio day-in and day-out.

*double click the player to view full screen – Vimeo isn’t blog friendly these days*

UPDATE: Click HERE to watch the full documentary.



[VIDEO] INFLUENCERS In-Depth Series with Steve Stoute by wearesme

The makers of the brilliant INFLUENCERS documentary are continuing the series through shorter episodes titled ‘INFLUENCERS In-depth”.

In case you don’t already know; INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The first episode of this sub-series features Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO of Translation, a brand management firm that “arranges strategic partnerships with Pop Culture icons (Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, Lebron James, Justin Timberlake & more) and Fortune 500 companies”. Stoute gives an interesting insight and discusses creating successful collaborations between Artists and Brands.

If you haven’t seen the full length ‘INFLUENCERS’ documentary, head over to www.influencersfilm.com/.


[Video] The Story Of Daft Punk by wearesme
January 6, 2011, 1:31 pm
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Since the release of TRON: LEGACY and the Daft Punk-produced soundtrack, it has introduced the French duo to a whole new audience.

This mini-documentary by WatchMojo tells the story of Daft Punk, so far – where they started and how they progressed in both their music and appearance and how they have helped bring electronic/house music into the mainstream.


[VIDEO] Jay-Z on ‘Operah presents – Master Class’ (OWN) by wearesme
January 5, 2011, 1:34 am
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The chat show queen and big hitter on the Forbes Rich List, Operah Winfrey, has opened her own television network.
The network opened on 01 January 2011 and one of the first shows since its opening was ‘Oprah Presents Master Class’ and the first enrollee was none other than Jay-Z.

Master class tells the stories you’ve never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, eight true modern masters step forward to share the greatest lessons they’ve learned along the way. In an intimate setting, they share their successes, their failures, their triumphs, disappointments and heartbreak.

Master Class offers an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the famous people we love, respect, and admire. First season masters include Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Sidney Poitier, Dr. Maya Angelou, Diane Sawyer, Lorne Michaels, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey.

This ‘documentary’, if you want to call it that, was very insightful and thoroughly enjoyable; even more so while in the process of reading Jay-Z’s book ‘Decoded’.

HOVA really opens up; he speaks at length about the deeper things such as his thoughts on Religion, learning from failures, his father leaving him at the age of 11, the impact of Rap on racial relations and more.



[VIDEO] WikiRebels – The Documentary (WikiLeaks) by wearesme

Those who haven’t been living under a rock lately will have no doubt seen/heard the word ‘WikiLeaks’ absolutely everywhere in the media lately. For those that aren’t quite sure what it’s all about and for those who would like to know more, we bring you this exclusive in-depth documentary on WikiLeaks and the people behind it.

“From summer 2010 until now, Swedish Television has been following the secretive media network WikiLeaks and its enigmatic Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange.

Reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing top members, such as Assange, new Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, as well as people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg who now is starting his own version – Openleaks.org!

Where is the secretive organization heading? Stronger than ever, or broken by the US? Who is Assange: champion of freedom, spy or rapist? What are his objectives? What are the consequences for the internet?”


[VIDEO] Beats, Rhymes and Fights: A Tribe Called Quest Documentary by wearesme

Michael Rapaport (yes, the actor) started filming a documentary about the legendary Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest during their 2008 Rock The Bells tour. He called the documentary Beats, Rhymes and Fights: The History of A Tribe Called Quest.

The documentary is going to be released next year. You can check out the trailer HERE (don’t worry it’s not your computer that’s out of sync, it’s the trailer), it’s going to be an epic.


[VIDEO] Nicki Minaj – My Time Now (Full Documentary) by wearesme
November 29, 2010, 4:48 pm
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MTV documents Nicki Minaj’s rise to stardom in My Time Now. Cameras follows Nicki n the months and weeks leading up to the release of her highly anticipated debut album Pink Friday.

See her performing at the VMA’s and returning to her home of Trinidad while offering an insight into her life and who the real Nicki Minaj really is.

Sadly it’s no longer available anywhere for UK fans with all the video’s having been taken down but our US fam can check it out by heading over to www.mtv.com.


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