Konee Rok

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Konee Rok
Origin Chicago, Il U.S.A.
Genres Hip hop/Rap Music
Occupations Music video director
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts Rhymefest, Cassidy, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kanye West, Raekwon, Phife Dawg
Website Official website:

Konee Rok is an American music video and documentary director. He has done film and video work with many popular artists in hip-hop, rap music and break dancing culture.[1]

He has directed music videos, documentaries and commercials featuring Grammy Award winner Rhymefest, Kanye West, Raekwon, rapper Cassidy, Little Jon, DJ Jazzy Jeff of the Fresh Prince and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest. His documentary on MC Juice tells the story behind the freestyle M.C.'s battle against rapper Eminem.[2] He directed the Chicago street gang film Trust None with Psychodrama and Crucial Conflict.[3]

He also has directed numerous video projects in the underground hip hop and break dancing community.[4] Konee Rok is a member of the b-boy/breakdance crew, Chicago Tribe.[5]

Recent work[edit]

Rok is currently working on several music videos for Rhymefest's upcoming album "El Che", as well as a documentary about rapper Common's "Resurrection" album.[2]

On February 11, 2011 Raekwon released the Konee Rok directed music video for “Shaolin vs Wu-Tang,” the title track from The Chef's upcoming album of the same name. The video features a hybrid of cartoon martial artistry with live action of Raekwon laying down his vocals.[6]

In late November, 2012 singer Chrisette Michele debuted the Konee Rok directed music video for her song “Can the Cool Be Loved?” featuring Dunson and Bilal. Chrisette Michele gave an explanation about the clip, offering, “A fun lil Audiovisual Presentation Konee Rok and I drummed up. The concept is "Prisoner of a Still Picture" Dunson and I are stuck in the iconic photography of Audrey and the great Sir Davis. We pose in these lyrics, the question, “Can The Cool Be Loved?” From our Art to Yours… Enjoy.”.[7][8][9][10]

In early February, 2014 Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest premiered the Konee Rok directed music video "Dear Dilla"; produced by Dj Rasta Root.[11] The song which pays homage to legendary Hip Hop producer J Dilla, is Phife’s first solo release in 14 years and it is the first single off of his upcoming album “MUTTYmorphosis”.[12] The clip finds Phife paying homage the best way he knows how, sharing some of his bars, and his memories of the legend, while supplying a nice set of visuals that match each bar specifically.[13] The video tribute gives the sentiment a colorful upgrade as the "5 Footer" shoots his scenes everywhere from Atlanta to Dilla's hometown of Detroit to give the lyrics an organic feel.[14] "Dear Dilla" was filmed in Chicago as well as two days in J. Dilla's hometown of Detroit.[15] The video was #1 on "The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired's Top 10 Videos Of The Week" for the week of February 14, 2014.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "midwestbusiness.com
  2. ^ a b Konee Rok's official website. Past Work
  3. ^ Break Lovers
  4. ^ Chicago Sun-Times Article. Konee Rok Has Seen and Shot It All
  5. ^ http://www.chicagotribe.com
  6. ^ "Raekwon – Shaolin vs Wu-Tang Video". BirthPlaceMag. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  7. ^ "Chrisette Michele Goes Retro With Dunson & Bilal In "Cool" New Video". TheUrbanDaily. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  8. ^ "Video: Chrisette Michele "Can The Cool Be Loved?" feat. Dunson & Bilal". OkayPlayer. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  9. ^ "Chrisette Michele Shows Us How 'Cool' She Is". SoulBounce. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  10. ^ "Chrisette Michele dévoile son clip Can The Cool Be Loved, un hommage à Audrey Hepburn". JukeBox. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  11. ^ "Phife of A Tribe Called Quest Debuts The Official Video For "dear Dilla"". OkayPlayer. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  12. ^ "Phife Dawg "Dear Dilla"". HipHopWired. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  13. ^ "Phife Dawg - Dear Dilla Music Video". StupidDope. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  14. ^ "Phife Dawg Honors J. Dilla with New Video". AllHipHop. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  15. ^ "How Phife Dawg ended up filming rap video at American Junkie". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  16. ^ "The Wrap Up: Hip-Hop Wired's Top 10 Videos Of The Week (2/14/14)". HipHopWired. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 

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