I believe Jeymes Samuel is an artist on the rise to watch.  The frontman for the group The Bullitts, Samuel is a producer/singer/songwriter and filmmaker.

His debut album “They Die By Dawn and Other Short Stories,” was originally set to hit the streets last summer, then re-scheduled for this past fall.  It features guest appearances by Jay Electronica, Mos Def and Tori Amos and is narrated by Lucy Liu & Idris Elba, who Samuel simply considers members of the band.  As to when it will actually drop and become available in its entirety remains to be seen, but that’s not stopping Jeymes from doing his thing.  Tracks featured on the yet-to-be released opus include “Close Your Eyes,” “Super Cool,” “Landspeeder” and “World Inside Your Rainbow.”  You can hear all four tracks via this website

Perhaps the artist is waiting to release his album when his first movie hits the silver screen…  Titled “They Die by Dawn,” it’s a western starring Elba, with an ensemble cast, including: Rosario Dawson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Giancarlo Esposito, Isaiah Washington, Bokeem Woodbine, Nate Parker, Harry Lennix, Clifton Powell, Robert Guenveur Smith, Denzel Whitaker, rapper David Banner and singer Erykah Badu.

They Die By Dawn

The movie is about four outlaws with a bounty on their respective heads, who set a date for a shootout in Langston, Oklahoma.  The last man standing takes the collective bounty for the other three.  Samuel is producing the score to Baz Luhrman’s new version of “The Great Gatsby,” which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who ironically stars in the current western in theaters… “Django Unchained.”  Recently via Samuel’s Twitter account, he wrote: “Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #Classic The Great Gatsby… It is too Dope for words!” 

Both “The Great Gatsby” and “They Die By Dawn” are in post-production.  However, Luhrman’s ‘Gatsby’ is set to hit theaters this May — like Samuel’s CD, a release date for his film ‘Die By Dawn’, is TBD.

For the love of great funkin’ music and movie-making…


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