Jovan's official music video for 'Progression of Our People'. Click to listen to Jovan on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/jlesl...
Produced by Jordeaux.
Intro Music Produced by Jovan Landry
Director, Editor, Producer: Jovan Landry
Cinematography: Kalyn Jacobs, Charles J. Wiliams
Fashion Artivist: Michelle Janayea
Make Up: Courtney "CeeJaye The MUA" Jones
Extras: Haile, Taylor Brooks-Burns, Vicki Street, Gem Tree, Lynsey Ann, DJ Vice LaRock.
As featured on The Conscious EP. Click to download the track or EP via Bandcamp: https://jovan.bandcamp.com/...
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Crime against black people are our everyday news and a painful reality. Police brutality is becoming more prevalent to us especially as we have smart phones to document these situations. Living in Chicago is one of the many places in the U.S who suffers from a lot of violence. The society we live in is not just for minorities such as black people. Black Culture is appreciated and stolen but the people who created it are people hated. Sometimes we turn our backs against each other but that is another division that is separating us.
The concept of the video is inspired by and in homage to Missy Elliott & her music video for “Teary Eyed;” where Missy is placed upside down in strait jacket in a padded room.
The video is located in a dark room with green and blue tones. You see Jovan is placed in the center of the room in a custom made strait jacket designed by artivist Michelle Janayea, hanging upside down by her lower body through yoga inversion as a symbol to lynching & restrictions that has been put onto black people since the beginning of our time in America.
“I wanted to create a song on how to better ourselves as black people. I remember a time where my mentor said to make music that reflect the times. I wrote this song for almost a year trying to figure out my words, in a way I can express myself where the listener can take away something. I believe that sometimes we don’t attack all of the issues within our community and I wanted to create a dialogue. I wanted to provide a few solutions.”
Jovan is a Creative based in Chicago, Illinois. Specializing in film, photography and music, Jovan believes in utilizing all of her skills in a positive light; With her music: reflecting what hip hop should be and should sound like. She describes her sound as “Old School meeting New School,” heavily influenced by 90s and 2000 hip hop music, boom bap instrumentals with an energetic new school flow. Inspired by artists such as Eve, Left Eye, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, Common, Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody, J.Cole, and many others. Jovan is an abundance of energy, clarity, and hope, letting the people know that hip hop: this culture and art form is not dead.
Things don't change if you still remain the same.
Most of us are still in this slave mind state.
When you think, about it, think about it.
Things unchanged if you really think about it.
How can we change if we stay in our lane?
Talk is really cheap, especially in this day in age.
If you think, about it, think about it.Things unchanged, unchanged.
Without a doubt, I feel like blacks [are] the only ones without
Love & hugs, they give us drugs, it feels like it's a drought
The most, unloved in history, wanted in penitentiaries
Judging upon our imageries, culture’s famous in industries
Exploitation, corporations, monetizing our monopolies
We’re always the anomalies, you’re killing our society
But are we hurting ourselves? Putting us on shelves
To be so, so sold out, tell me, are we loving ourselves?
We’re screaming “hands up” and “don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe”
Yet exchanging blows for views online, what to believe?
I see we making moves, and paying dues, for our communities
Standing up against the bigotry/police brutality.
I’m seeing a lot of things not living up to it’s worth
There’s many pieces to the puzzle of Black ‘Merica’s hurt
Don’t hate me off this verse, I’m not cursed, I’m figuring out
What our purpose really is, so we can come in large amounts, but...