Friday, February 26, 2010

Videos: Homeboy Sandman, YCtheCynic, P.SO, & Tanya Morgan Live @ SOB's (2-22-10)

So a few days ago I went to check out my dude P.SO the Earthtone King at SOB's who was part of a Tanya Morgan show. He has a new release called "Moontones" so we wanted to shoot some interview stuff. I took the liberty to also shoot some performances. This post also features: Tanya Morgan, Homeboy Sandman & YCtheCynic. Kooley High was also on the bill, but I didn't get a chance to shoot them due to lack of room on my camera... next time guys. Also apologies to DonWill for running out of "tape" towards the end of "On Our Way".

Well without further ado...

Homeboy Sandman & YCtheCynic "We Ain't Scared"

P.SO the Earthtone King "Moontones"

P.SO & Von Pea "Jungle" (Soundmen Remix) + "Stick 'Em"

Tanya Morgan "Tanya Likes Girls"

Tanya Morgan "Bang & Boogie" + "On Our Way"

NicaBia Productions

Don't forget to checkout the free downloads from not only P.SO but also YCtheCynic & DonWill from Tanya Morgan who has the Laura's Tape out now. Here's links to those projects:

P.SO & The Soundmen "Moontones" EP

<a href="">Almost Home (Intro) by P.SO the Earth Tone King</a>

YCtheCynic "You're Welcome"

<a href="">State I.D. by YC The Cynic</a>

Tanya Morgan Presents Laura's Tape starring Donwill as Don Cusack
Mixed by DJ Kingmost starring as DJ Rob Gordon

<a href="">Laura's Leaving Intro by donwill (of tanya morgan)</a>

Friday, February 12, 2010

"One Won't Do" J Dilla Tribute in Brooklyn, NY (Feb. 5th, 2010)

So last week after going to the Bronx Museum J Dilla event, I went back to Billysburg in Brooklyn to North 4th bar where Jessica Estevez aka iHeartDilla was holding an event with some other folks. I took my camera there and recorded some performances. There was way too many people on the bill, so I'll only be able to upload some of them. Here's a couple for now, starting with a surprise cameo from Ma Dukes...

"One Won't Do" A Tribute to the late great J Dilla:

Top $ Raz & The Minority Report

Daniel Joseph

Fresh Daily:

Homeboy Sandman:


InI MLD (Mighty Lockdown):

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

John Robinson @ BX Museum (J Dilla Tribute)

Last week I attended the J Dilla Tribute shows in New York City. The first was up in the Bronx. John Robinson aka Lil Sci from Science of Life was on the bill to perform. I divided the footage into three parts so it wasn't one long 15 min clip.
First up he speaks a bit on the situation in Haiti, and then goes on to perform what seems to me like either a freestyle or verses from a song.
Then on the second clip, he performs "Mascot" from his 2008 album I Am Not For Sale. Then he goes on to perform "Black Gold" his 2009 album (w/ MF DOOM) Who Is This Man?
On the third clip he takes us out with "Always Bless" from The Leak Edition vol. 1. (2007)

John Robinson @ Bronx Museum J Dilla Tribute show 2-5-10

"Mascot/Black Gold"

"Always Bless"

...Next up... Footage from iHeartDilla's One Won't Do Jay Dee tribute... stay tuned!

NicaBia Productions

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beats from BLAP

I wanted to put up this video I released last week from !llmind's celebrity BLAP event that went down in Brooklyn a few days ago. Checkout this video where it showcases music producers such as: Statik Selektah, Digga & !llmind to name a few blessing us with their music.

The way I came to record this event was simple. I was in the Bronx in the studio with Fresh Daily recording his recording session when he told me about the event. Me being a fan of !llminds music agreed to go and shoot some footage. There were a lot of up and coming as well as established artists in the building. In this video you can see in the background Von Pea and Don Will from my favorite group Tanya Morgan. Joe Scudda from the Hall Of Justus was also in attendance... plus many soon to be known names. 

Peep the footage, it's about 10 min. long and showcases some great music, as well as funny bits making this clip feel almost documentary like. 

...Beats from BLAP!

NicaBia Productions

Monday, February 8, 2010


Hello world,

I wanted to create this page to have a place where I can put all of my films so it's easy to find stuff created by me. Here's a couple of things you may, or may not know about me...

In 2004, I graduated from the New York Film Academy. Currently I produce content for my company NicaBia Productions. I've created content with my company since 2003, in different fields such as video games, music, sports and film. As the time goes by, I will post older content that's either already out on the web, or has never been released.
I want this to be the page that has all of my work, and easy to find. In this post I will present 2 music videos that I put together last year... first up... Fresh Daily...

Last year, I created my first music video "Apollo 13" for Brooklyn emcee Fresh Daily. It was really great to work with him on this project. The way it came about was pretty simple.
I had seen Fresh around the New York Hip Hop scene for a couple of years now. I remember at first he was just a normal concert goer, and he always stood out to me (mostly 'cause of his "Fresh" gear). He would always have a certain look that made him stand out, in what ever place he was in.
Fast forward to the summer of 2009. I attended the after party that Brooklyn bodega held at South Paw for the BK Hip Hop festival. I saw Fresh there and approached him regarding shooting a music video. We exchanged info, and quickly began to work on a concept.

We shot it on 3 different occasions. First, we shot some stuff at his old apartment alongside Benamin (Producer of the song). In late July I had to fly out to CA for a couple of weeks, but resumed production in mid Aug. The second day we shot at this bar called Bob's in NYC. Lots of people came thru to show support for the project. The third day was really only a half day. Woke up early to go shoot at the bridge. A couple of hours later we had wrapped up the video. It took me about 2 to 3 weeks to edit.

The video dropped on Saturday Sept. 19th. I'll never forget this date, because it was the day that legendary DJ Roc Raida passed away. I had finished the video and wanted to upload it to the High Water youtube page to see how it looked online. It wasn't going to officially drop until Monday. Little did I know that the video wasn't locked, and within minutes already had it on their site featured. A little while after that scooped it up and that version ended up staying live. Even though I had to make a couple of minor changes, I decided to leave it live so Fresh didn't lose out on pv's (page views). It was a great experience to work with him, and I'm really proud of the final product.

... Apollo 13 by Fresh Daily!

Then on November 19th 2009 I released my second music video. This time with Columbus emcee ZeroStar from Weightless records. The way I got to work with Zero was from me knowing Blueprint (Rhymesayers) and the website that I sometimes frequent its forums. For a couple of years now I have enjoyed Zero's music. Always wanted to work with him when he released his 1st LP "Forever Never Really That Long" but never got the chance since I lived in NY and he was in OH.

I also record video game tournaments held from the community. In October I had to record a tournament that was being held in Columbus for my next video game documentary. I then decided to hit up Zero to work on a music video. I stayed an extra day once I was done shooting my documentary footage, and shot "Intro (Everybody)" with ZeroStar.

On that day Zero picked me up and we went to his house to shoot some indoor scenes. The concept was very simple. Since we didn't have the time to really plan out something that would take a couple of days to shoot, we opted to just shoot the whole thing in the span of a few hours. Then the concept of let's introduce you to the audience with a simple look into your ordinary life came about. Since the song itself is one long verse we felt this would work, just have one long theme visually.

After shooting some stuff at his house, we drove around taking shots of the city. We stopped by a local mural from Columbus Hip Hop legend Daymon Dodson. I briefly got to know Daymon "SoWhat" from my early days on the forums. We had plenty of conversations over AIM but I never got the chance to meet him in person. I thank you for your great spirit and putting me on to some great stuff like Pete Rock's group The UN, and all the rare J Dilla stuff that I know cherish like gold!

We also shot at the local music spots "Skully's" and "Magnolia Thuderpussy". Special thanks go out to Wes Flexner for hooking it up with the location. We wanted to get some shots with Blueprint and make sure he had a cameo, but unfortunately had the Flu and couldn't leave the house that day. Shot outs go out to Print, for all his support thru out the years. I also have to mention Tony "Envelope" for being a really cool dude. Great meeting you my dude!

I love the way this video came about, and my experiences while in Columbus. I got a chance to meet some great people that before had only been handles and avatars on a computer. I can't wait to go back to the Bus!

...Everybody by Zerostar!

Hope you've enjoyed my work, more will be coming soon!

NicaBia 2010


Checkout some of the lost footage from the "Everybody" music video. This 10 min. "behind the scenes" if you will mini doc showcases some great music and new footage, not shown on the actual music video.

...Everybody Lost Footage...

NicaBia 2010