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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt December 27, 2015
Hip hop artists Krazy Kurtas-
trophy, Keno Nocturn, Jsmoke Da
Warnin and Joe Black collaborat-
ed earlier this year on the reg-
gae/hip hop single Chosen Few.
It was produced by Rishi "Mo'-
Times Productions" Ramlagan,
with a music video directed by
Kirt Carmona for Central Nervous
The collaborating artistes shared
the history and message of the
song in an interview. The team has
already been featured on television
interviews, as well as radio talk
segments locally in promotion of
One of the target audiences for
Chosen Few is youth who may be
afraid to follow careers and life
paths that are considered against
"The message of the song is to
follow your dream and don't ever
let anyone tell you what you can
or cannot achieve in life," said
Krazy Kurtastrophy (real name Kirt
"We are here to let them know
that it is okay to express themselves
through art, music or whatever
form of entertainment you
choose," he said.
The collaboration was a long
time in the making.
"We all knew each other for
some time now and Rishi pulled
it all together," said Nocturn.
"We all came together for Cho-
sen Few as leaders in our respective
teams to make this happen; we've
all known each other a few years."
Jsmoke Da Warnin---real name
Jelani Nedd---was responsible for
the hook and also brought the
fourth collaborator and his
Cloud9TT Studios colleague, Joe
Black into the collaboration.
"I wrote and recorded the hook,
Black laid down his verse, Keno
recorded his verse at another studio
and sent the files to Rishi, along
with what we had done and the
song was created. Rishi got the
song mixed and mastered and, see-
ing that Krazy K was already an
aspiring videographer, we all
thought it fitting for him to shoot
the music video."
Joe Black, the catalyst behind
Chosen Few's concept and featured
in verse two, defined his role as
one intended to bring a "dramatic
and picturesque" hype to the song.
"When I was writing this verse,
I decided that since we were the
realest, more established artistes
in the T&T hip hop game, I would
give that street scripture to give
knowledge of who is who, and who
does what and why we are the
Chosen Few. We worked through
the blood, sweat, tears and years
to gain the respect for what we do
in our different lyrical styles."
The collaborators all agreed that
the message behind Chosen Few
is one meant to both empower
others as well as a declaration of
their own hard work and success
to date. They sought to represent
their different hip hop factions,
the chosen few who have dedicated
their work to the hip hop music
genre both at home and abroad.
"We have been here, working,
grinding, losing, winning and our
contribution to the music and
potential market cannot and will
not be ignored. We are a chosen
generation in more aspects than
one and should be recognised as
such. Rebels in our own right but
not anarchists in d least," said
After the music video's strong
debut on social media and Synergy
TV, the group is hoping to push
the song and the music video
through the radio circuit, more tel-
evision stations and also through
The five most underrated
movies of 2015
Most arguments would not happen if the parties took their time to define
their terms so, to forestall whingeing from those whose favourite under-
appreciated film did not make the cut, this is not a list of the year's most
underrated movies in the world, or that anyone in T&T could have seen
on DVD or the Internet: this is a list of films that were on general release
on the big screen here in Port-of-Spain this year, that too few people
bothered to check out.
The list does NOT include films that screened as part of the T&T Film
Festival, the European Film Festival in Port-of-Spain, or the African Film
Festival, all of which programme films that would be unlikely to open on big
screens here at all, if not for those festivals. If the list did include those films,
it would have been topped by Timbuktu, easily the best film put out on
general release anywhere in the world this year (and which screened at the
T&T Film Fest and headlined the T&T African Film Fest; Timbuktu actually
tops BC on TV's list of the best DVD releases of the year).
These films are listed here in descending order of excellence, with the top
slots being farther distinguished because their remarkably effortless and
thoughtless dismissal here necessarily included dissing one of the world's
best directors and, probably, the two leading contenders for Best Male Actor
in every available competition in the new year. Son of Saul was released a
titch too late in the year to be able to be sure it did badly enough to belong
on this list.
1. Black Mass. Steve Cooper, whose other two feature films so far were
Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart, is not a director to be easily dismissed
but Trinidadians managed it without breaking a sweat. Cut the Trini some
slack and say that blanking Cooper is at least understandable, since he's not
nearly as famous or as accomplished as the director ignored into second spot
on this list---but how the firetruck did Trinis manage to miss the big screen
version of what might be Johnny Depp's best-ever performance, as the sadistic
Boston criminal, James "Whitey" Bulger?
2. Steve Jobs. Director Danny Boyle has made a fire truckload of great
films cutting across every genre, from zombie (28 Days Later) through druggie
(Trainspotting) and world cinema (Slumdog Millionaire) to children (Millions).
To miss a Danny Boyle film---like Trance, or Shallow Grave or 127 Hours---
is bad enough; to miss a Danny Boyle film with Michael Fassbender in the
role of one of the modern world's most important individuals is a sin; or
should have a penance attached, at any rate.
3. Unfriended. BC on TV's top horror DVD of 2015 was one of the most
ingenious films ever shot. Set entirely on the screen of a laptop computer,
it brings together, by using the Skype interface, all six of its major characters
side-by-side on smaller screens within the computer screen on the cinema
screen. Ingenious, for sure---but there were often more people on the screen
than in the cinema at MovieTowne in its short run.
4. Wild. Reese Witherspoon has made a slew of trash movies, almost all
of them having her blonde in the role or in the title, and a handful of good
ones---Pleasantville, Walk the Line, Mud---but what might be her best movie,
almost a one-hander, as the woman making a 1,100-mile hike by herself,
ran for a shorter time at Invader's Bay than the real life Cheryl Strayed took
to do the Pacific Crest Trail.
5. Inherent Vice. Set in the psychedelic 70s, part American Hustle, part
Brady Bunch, Paul Thomas Anderson's most recent film---he made another
little period piece called There Will Be Blood---was based on the Thomas
Pynchon novel, the same guy who wrote the famously challenging Gravity's
Rainbow; Trini audiences preferred their own inherent vices.
How could Trinis have missed Johnny Depp as James "Whitey" Bulger in Black
Joe Black, one of the rappers on the collaborative hip hop/reggae single Chosen Few.
PHOTO COURTESY JOE BLACK
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