When Shawn Strong of Phanatiks Entertainment dropped the trailer last week, I knew this was going to be something crazy. “I’ma Rebel” is on Above and Below, Ses Da Great’s latest release from the Duality series. Peep the cinematic visuals and lyrics below.
Poo Grams is from Newburgh, NY. The same place introduced to me by Ses Da Great as a “hood surrounded by the (Catskill) mountains.” When asked about the project Poo Grams said, “when I say ‘From Hell’… it’s symbolic to where I come from, not only was I living in hell physically, I was in hell mentally.”
I promise you, this project will have you nodding your head to on-point flows over dope beats, while your jiggling brain is fully enlisted into the workings of a very seasoned lyricist.
Executive Producer: Ses Da Great
Co-Producers: Poo Grams and DJ Dest of Blend Brothers
Cover Art: CDP
Above & Below is the second installation in SES Da Great‘s Duality mixtape trilogy. SES explores another way to look at man’s dual nature in Above & Below; this time focusing on conflicts within one’s self. Above & Below is the hip hop form of the classic debates of good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture. SES opens up about his struggles with his demons in the past and present, but balances it by discussing some of his victories in other songs. SES Da Great’s display of honesty and complex feelings in Above & Below makes it an instant classic.
Ses Da Great sets off his thematic mixtape trilogy, Duality, with his first installment, Young Man – Old Soul. In this chapter of Duality, Ses puts his spin on old school flows and uses classic hip hop sampledelic beats as a soundtrack to introduce himself as the “Young man spitting like my hair grey.” Some say wisdom comes with age, but in this project, Ses Da Great shows he’s put in the man-hours to accrue the experience of someone way beyond their years.
The Duality series is a prequel to the album All In. Stay tuned for the next two installments of Duality in coming weeks and then the release of All In following shortly after.
Find Young Man-Old Soul and the rest of Ses Da Great’s work at SesDaGreat.com.
Ses Da Great VLOG #2 – DUALITY
Chances are you weren’t at RPI’s fashion show this year to see this, so you can check it out here. Ses da Great and Intell Hazefield perform “They Love Me” off of that Live Great mixtape. It doesn’t have the best sound quality, but you can pick up the mixtape at www.sesdagreat.com to get a full understanding of the fun, often hilarious lyrics in this track.
Ses Da Great is emerging as the voice of a small city (<30,000) in the middle of the Catskills whose violent crime rate doubles that of New York City’s. Before meeting this artist, all I knew about Newburgh, NY was that it was located somewhere in between Albany and NYC, and Orange County Choppers was filmed around there. “Ain’t Nothin’ Change” will drop you right into to the heart of Newburgh’s hood as Ses lends his people a message as strong as the voice delivering it. He channels the spirits of revolutionaries of the past with his socially conscious rhymes, conveying a message of “unity, triumph, non-violence, and respect for life” as well as raises awareness for the problems present in his hometown. This particular song is on his Star Power mixtape, a culmination of songs, creatively linked together by Mario samples, which each touch on different parts of his personality
Recently, I got a sneak preview of Ses Da Great’s latest project, Live Great. This project is different. It’s Hip Hop self help. The lyrics and production paint vivid imagery and depict Ses as a superhero to the hood, a divine entity, dropping lyrical nourishment to the masses starved by mainstream music. I’m excited for this release and I’ll be sure to have the link here on intellhazefield.com when it drops in February.
They say be the change you want to see and Ses is a symbol of the success anyone can achieve, emanating a positive light that could be seen by all of Newburgh and eventually the world.