For years, Act Live Music has been delivering good hip hop music releases and events, as they state, “to promote the work of lesser known artists who are making their mark across the country.” In early December, an event was held to celebrate the next chapter in the company’s life, the Act Live label launch.
As many of the artists Act Live works with are an intregal part of the New York hip hop scene, we took notice of them and their label launch, and right out of the gate, Act Live does not disappoint. Their lead single, the jazzy, boom-bap lyrical treat “King of Kings” was released on December 7, and features the inimitable Homeboy Sandman (the very first of our “5 Reasons Why New York Hip Hop Doesn’t Suck“), Moses Rockwell and P.SO (whose More Jelly mixtape we highlighted earlier this year) over a mesmerizing Jah La Eer production.
We happened to get our sticky-from-egg-nog paws on the video for “King of Kings” and as our way of saying Merry Christmas/Happy Dec. 25th (for those who do not celebrate), Birthplace Magazine is proud to exclusively premiere it. James Niche, Mike Hanlon and Teri Fiske handled directorial duties for the video, a well-produced, nicely-edited, gloriously shot-on-NYC-location affair.
The single “King of Kings” is available via multiple online retailers including iTunes and Amazon, (so those of you who found iTunes gift cards in their stocking this morning, know what to do). A 7″ limited edition vinyl is also available for you purists.
We look forward to more from the Act Live camp. Here’s why: