Independent artist, Five Steez, has released the new music video for his latest single, “Welcome”, from his upcoming digital EP, ‘These Kingston Times’. The video, directed by Nathan Cowan of Caribbean Films in association with Bubbla G, Rocket Media and The Talent Inc, shows Five Steez traversing the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, beginning in Trench Town, the neighbourhood of Reggae icon, Bob Marley, and the father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc.
“Steez and I go way back and it was a pleasure doing a visual like this that matched the lyrics in his song,” says Cowan.
“Trench Town is a significant place because it was the home of so many Reggae legends, including Bob,” says Five Steez. “However, one often forgotten fact is that it was also the community in which Kool Herc lived and learnt the sound system culture, which later helped him in the creation of what we know today as Hip Hop.”
“Welcome” is available for free download only on Bandcamp until the release of the EP on October 14. On the track, produced by OneMan Beats, Five Steez introduces the uninitiated to his city – Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. The song, which begins the EP, features an uptempo head-nodding instrumental and a multi-layered hook with scratches on a Jamaican vocal sample done by the producer.
‘These Kingston Times’ is said to be the modern tale of the Jamaican capital. “I wanted to paint my city the way I see it, and in a way I’ve never heard the story told before in music,” says Five Steez. “Since Hip Hop’s genesis with DJ Kool Herc, there has always been a Jamaican influence and involvement in the genre, but you’ve never heard about actual life here in ‘yard’, as we affectionately call it. It’s a new perspective in Hip Hop, but parallel to that of urban environments worldwide.
‘These Kingston Times’ is currently available for pre-order on Bandcamp.com!!!
Five Steez is an independent rapper from Kingston, Jamaica who began capturing attention in 2010 with his ‘Momentum’ mixtape series alongside Bronx-based DJ Ready Cee, and later his 2012 debut album, ‘War for Peace’, which received great reviews from various outlets, including iTunes.