Video: A-1 – “Good People” (Prod. by BEAR//FACE)
Watch A-1’s Super Slow Motion Study of “Good People,” Premiered By FACT Mag
Critical Praise For A-1:
“A-1′s style has a similar kind of funny, free-for-all feel as post-Mac Dre rappers like [Roach] Gigz, but has a sly rap style that is distinctly his own.” – The FADER
“Easily one of the illest emcees I’ve heard over the last few years.” – OkayPlayer
“…something that sounds so vital and absolutely hyphy that it pretty much had to come from the Bay.” –Noisey
Life can move so fast that it’s hard to stop and appreciate those that populate our surroundings. Described by FACT Mag as “a smooth-as-hell groover that explores stereotypes and assumptions,” “Good People” is the latest music video from rising Bay area rapper A-1. “Good People” is a unique visual experience filmed on a phantom camera at 1400fps. The special effect created by this technique shows people standing in a frozen state as the camera continuously moves from the sunny streets of San Francisco to the bustling energy of Oakland bus stops. The video is the latest offering from A-1’s upcoming album Thurlian, releasing March 5, 2015.
The basis for the visual is A-1 demonstrating, “that “Good People” come in all forms. Size, shape, color, ethnicity, age, background, religion, gender, none of these things constitute what makes someone a good person, so we wanted the viewer to connect the image of a good person with anyone, regardless of their look.” What separates the video from your typical hip-hop visual is the fact that A-1 avoids being the center-of-attention. Instead, A-1 uses his artistic outlet to showcase how special life’s surroundings can be. A-1 states,”I’d prefer to stay out of the music videos altogether and just let the art speak for itself. Plus this song especially isn’t about me, I don’t reference myself in the song at all, so it would only make sense to leave me out of it.”
Accompanied by BEAR//FACE’s haunting How To Dress Well sampling instrumental, the video shines a light on the diversity of A-1’s home. A-1’s upcoming Thurlian album features collaborations from some of music’s most genre-bending producers, including Mikos Da Gawd, Woostaar, Mr. Carmack, Sango, Kaytanada, XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Stwo, and BEAR//FACE. Thurlian is set to be released on March 5, 2015.
Watch to “Good People”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQH33886j9o
Check out the FACT Mag premiere: http://www.factmag.com/2015/02/05/watch-the-super-slow-motion-video-for-a-1s-how-to-dress-well-sampling-good-people/
Watch the Thurlian promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEtoZvLR4Oc
Check out A-1’s newly launched website: http://www.a-1music.com/
Born Adam Traore, a first generation US citizen to West African and Italian parents, A-1‘s music is constructed around vivid stories of growing up in The City while searching for happiness and self awareness. After the release of After School Special, a mixtape based on 90s television shows, he gained a fan base through internet buzz while still living on his friend’s couch. Soon after, he released his follow-up The Book Of Adam which was received so well, he quit his day job the day after the listening party. With 2012’s The Thurl Tape, A-1 has been acknowledged by publications such as the FADER and Complex. Equipped with a heart filled with passion, an insatiable desire for creativity, discerning eyes and ears for quality, and a plan to spread his music to as many people as possible, A-1 is poised to be the first name in music lover’s iPods in the very near future. A-1’s Thurlian album will release March 5, 2015.
“Good People”: https://soundcloud.com/adamraps/good-people-w-b-e-a-r-f-a-ce
Thurlian promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEtoZvLR4Oc
“Doing the Most / Carry the Ghost”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJS6zCFdK18
“Summertime Sadness” Remix: https://soundcloud.com/adamraps/summertime-sadness-prod-ryan
“The Ritual”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI2UfwopCI0
Bio, photos, and additional info: http://www.audibletreats.com/a-1