Detroit — The legacy of the late J Dilla has added another chapter with the release of the new music video “Center Of The Movement”, featuring hip hop icons 5 ELA and rising star Pierre Anthony. The song is the newest single from Rebirth Of Detroit, the latest album from J Dilla released on Ruff Draft Records.
The music video, directed by Steve Furay of Common Breath Media, shows the city of Detroit unified as the center of a new music and cultural movement, a position familiar to the Motor City as recognized by the world. J Dilla continues to experience a growing reputation worldwide as one of the greatest music producers of his time, a prodigious artist who accumulated a lifetime of classic material before his tragic passing in 2006.
5 ELA are one of Detroit’s most exciting groups in the city’s current hip hop landscape, with their highly anticipated new album “Global Warming 2022” scheduled for release in 2013. Their latest music video, “Salute”, is a 15 minute experimental short film also directed by Steve Furay.
Mudd of 5 ELA says the Center of the Movement video “is a powerful expression of what a love movement is meant to be. With historical artifacts displayed from Detroit’s and the world’s music history it gives a new meaning to the Renaissance City Detroit is known for.”
Director Steve Furay has created several music videos for 5 ELA through his company Common Breath Media, as well as the online video series 5 ELAvision. He is also a contributing writer for The Michigan Citizen, writing stories about the city’s hip hop community and it’s role in helping Detroit develop a revitalized art and media economy.
The video was created as a cooperative economic project, directly aimed at promoting all of the performing artists and the companies represented in the production, including Ruff Draft Records, 5e Gallery, Black History 101 Mobile Museum, Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe, Spectacles, and Common Breath Media.
A special introduction was also filmed for the music video, featuring words from Detroit’s internationally celebrated poet jessica Care moore, Paradise Gray of X-Clan, Omari King Wise, Duminie DePorres and Khalid El-Hakim, with an original score from Black Bethoven.
The video also serves as promotion for the new book “The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip Hop Memorabilia” from Khalid El-Hakim, owner of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. The book will feature interviews and essays by some of hip hop’s pioneers, including Professor Griff, KRS One and Paradise Gray of X-Clan, as well as rare memorabilia from the archives of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. “The Center Of The Movement” will be published by Moore Black Press, owned by jessica Care moore.
The video shows pieces of 5 ELA’s history through memorabilia held by the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, including images of founding member Proof of D12, a flyer for a classic 5 ELA show with Eminem as a guest opener, and a copy of the classic “Yesteryears” EP, produced entirely by J Dilla.
“The material objects of hip hop are created, used and often discarded with never being placed into a significant historical context,” says Khalid el-Hakim. “After 40 years of a movement that many people did not think would last, there is evidence in vast materials such as flyers, clothing, photos, promotional material, albums, cassettes, fine art and etc. that people are now finding value in.”
DJ LaJedi, official Starfleet DJ, sound provider for Michigan legend One Be Lo, and founding member of The Foundation of 5E Gallery, states that the Center Of The Movement video is an important step to bringing Detroit hip hop music back to the city’s Motown soul roots, and helping it be a transformation tool for the next generation.
“For 40 plus years, Detroit Hip Hop Culture has been nurtured in the womb of a Musical Mecca-Detroit, Michigan” says DJ LaJedi, a Detroit hip hop DJ. “The innovative tradition of Detroiters in music, entreprenurial, spiritual, educational and lifestyle arts has been the spark that keeps our fires lit throughout our celebratory and extremely challenging cultural story.”