General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun/Boot Camp Clik & Burlington, Vermont-based producer Es-K present the music video for “Persistence“, the first single from their brand new collaboration album ‘Building Bridges‘. “Persistence” features guest verses from VVS Verbal & Louie Skaggs, and the video was shot by Sisco.
Produced mostly by Es-K, ‘Building Bridges‘ features guest appearances from Buckshot of Black Moon, Smoothe Da Hustler, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rockness Monsta of Heltah Skeltah, & a posthumous cameo from his late great partner, Sean Price. As one half of Smif-N-Wessun, General Steele crashed the Hip-Hop scene in the 1990s with their debut album ‘Dah Shinin‘.
Their last release – 2011’s ‘Monumental‘ – was produced by Pete Rock, and Steele has also collaborated with Tupac Shakur, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, Raekwon, & Bounty Killer. Es-K may be best known for his 2014 album ‘Serenity‘ as well as his ‘Spontaneous Grooves‘ beat tape series, where every beat on each tape was made in one sitting each.
A low-key display of introspective verses, classic cuts, & jazz-inflected beats, ‘Building Bridges‘ stays true to its name by bridging the gap between established artists & rising ones alike such as VVS Verbal, Shadow The Great of Loaf Muzik, Napoleon Da Legend, Mar’rz Atomz, Stage One, Louie Skaggs, Boone Bixby, Supreme The Eloheem (from The Representativz), & Coke as well as production from Hellfire Beats & Central Parks. DMC champion DJ Grazzhoppa contributes cuts alongside Hashfinger & Hellfire.
The cover art comes courtesy of Joe Buck, the artist behind the “De La Soul Is Dead” cover art. ‘Building Bridges‘ appears via Bucktown USA, the multimedia company General Steele created in 2004 alongside partner Cynical Smith, with digital distribution through Duck Down, including a limited-edition pressing of 500 records which will be available 12.2.2016!!!