Colorado Springs, USA –
A short while back, we put out the word on one of the most impressive downloadable paper craft projects out of Japan – A paper At-At modeled from The Empire Strikes back. Every component was free to download with a full set of instructions. We also challenged the Anchorpoint community to take a stab at putting one of these bad boys together. Alas, no one seemed to have the “plums” to step up and take a shot. That is until news of this challenge reached the ears of poet, engineer, dj, producer, promoter, MC, artist and creative dynamo – DISTRAKT.
Not only did this cat jump right in and put one of these extremely complicated puzzles together – he filmed it, overlaid animation, his own audio track and posted it as a vlog. I’m not going to lie, when I played this video for the first time I just about spit my Froot Loops all over my monitor. This guy is the “New Hope“.
So who exactly is Distrakt? Well, to answer that question I had to dive into all three of his sites. His main site, blog and MySpace page paint a man with a diverse range of interests and talent. The center of his passion lies in his devotion to Hip Hop. But not the typical bubble gum “Hip Pop” that pollutes the airwaves today. Distrakt‘s voice takes me back. His style seems more in line with 90’s powerhouses like A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde and modern masters like Talib Kweli.
In my younger years, Hip Hop used to speak up through the clutter. I guess it’s still talking, but it does not seem to talk to me any more. I guess we’ve fallen out of love. Distrakt is hanging on to a sound that punches you right in the chest. Hard. It gives me hope that Hip Hop is alive and well in it’s true form.
*** Now, I want you all to march on over and get to know the Distrakt collective. He’s got some terrific music for sale – take a listen and then buy it
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