Winner of Best Video at the 2012 Nashville Independent Music Awards, “Put Ya 2’s Up” is the lead single off Rashad “thaPoet”‘s 2011 LP The Journey Back. An activist, actor and award-winning spoken word artist, Rashad enlisted my aid as a stylist to bring an added aesthetic to his visual interpretation. With the song’s conscientious motif and Rashad’s humbling resume, I wanted his wardrobe to pay homage to one of the world’s greatest civil rights martyr’s, his hero Malcolm X. The stark contrast of his black and white attire against the dilapidated urban landscape paralleled Rashad’s candidly conscious lyrics laced over Ski Beatz’s jazzy trumpets.
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