Why aren’t you listening to Chae Hawk right now? This Buffalo NY based rap cinema artist and founder of hip hop collective TeamRadio has been producing some of the best progressive hip hop to ever come out of WNY. Be sure to check out Dance Party for The Heavy Hearted on his website (especially his track Chin Ups featuring another past subject of mine – Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die.)
Supreme General is getting ready to release a new album this summer and the Buffalo born rapper wanted to create a visual persona for this series of images that was very different from his past promos. Inspired by his own service in the military – Supreme and I talked about creating something that touched on his own experiences as a soldier, writer, musician, and artist to create something that mixes classic and modern styles to tell a very different story than the images that have accompanied his past releases.
This was photographed on the site of an old demolished outdoor nightclub on the Lake Erie shore called The Pier, which was torn down years ago.I actually have some personal recollections (albeit fuzzy ones) of it as the scene of a particularly nasty concussion I received during a concert that got out of hand a few years ago. They have since turned the area around it into a number of dog walking trails, bike paths, and open fields, but these remnants of the foundation and asphalt parking lots remain.
(Check out a Preview track of Supreme General)