Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
I don't think I'm breaking any news when I say most hip-hop artists like being in the spotlight. When the mic is in their hands, they want all eyes on them. That's part of the reason why this clip for Queens emcee Bryant Dope's "Vibrant Soul" is so unique. He's not in it at all.
Instead of featuring himself, Bryant Dope features performance artist Felicia Limada doing an interpretive dance to the song. It's something that's very cool, and a nice break from the egoism normally associated with hip-hop.
"Vibrant Soul" also stands in stark contrast to the misogyny that permeates so much of hip-hop, as both the song, and the video, celebrate women.
The single is the first off of Bryant Dope's upcoming project, Raw Dope 2, which is due out March 11th. If you want more info, check out the interview I did with him last year.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.