I’m excited to give you guys a preview of some of the music that’s featured in “For Three.” As has been well documented on this blog, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to musicians generous enough to donate a song or two. Luckily, I did have 18 good souls who let me use a song. I’m in no way legally obligated to promote them (aka – that’s not “part of the deal”). They were good to me, though, and in turn, I want to be good to them and hope that if you find something that you’re interested in, you check them out and buy a song, album, t-shirt, or whatever. All of them have quite an online presence, so at the very least, you can shoot them a tweet or Facebook message saying you think it was really cool that they are part of “For Three.”
Andrew Sims seems like a really good dude. Coming from me, that is like the ultimate compliment. It’s my goal in live. I strive every day to be a good human being.
Anyway, he was one of the first, if not THE first, musician on board with the project. Over the past few months, he’s been extremely busy on tour with him Doomtree label-mates, playing the massive Soundset Festival, and getting married.
I’ve been a big fan for a while. I grew up on hip-hop music. Ask any of the teachers at Perham High School that were around circa 1998-2000 and they can probably tell you about all of the “bad” hip hop music I played every day after school on “I-Rock” (the school radio station that played through the intercom). In college, I started realizing that there were some really good rappers out of Minneapolis. I started by listening to Atmosphere which led me to P.O.S. which led me to Sims and the rest of the Doomtree Crew. I’ve been listening for a while.
Anyway, I sent out over 500 emails and out of it, I’ve heard yes exactly 18 times. When I sent an inquiring email to Sims, he wrote back yes within two hours and said it sounded like a cool project and he’d . No “my people have to look at it” or “lets draw up a contract.” Just a guy that seemed to think our cause was a worthy one and he’d be willing to let us use some of his music for our film.
Like I said… really good dude.
If you are interested checking out more about Sims, you can find him on iTunes (search for Sims), check out his Bandcamp page (http://sims.bandcamp.com/) where you can preview all of his music (full songs) and buy higher quality versions than on iTunes for the same price. For the past few months, I’ve been loving his newest album – Bad Time Zoo – which came out this past February. If you have never heard of Sims or aren’t sure if you’d like him, I pulled up a few of his songs on Genius in iTunes and it recommended the following rappers/groups you might have heard of – Kanye West, The Roots, Mos Def, Jurassic 5, Atmosphere, P.O.S., Common, and Beastie Boys. To me, that’s some pretty elite company. Almost like a who’s who over of good rappers/groups.
Anyway, if you want to read more about Sims who hails from Hopkins, check out his official website or you can see him live at the Northrop Plaza (FREE!) at the University of Minnesota on July 15th at 7 PM or at the SoundTown Music Festival in Somerset, WI on August 19th with a lot of other great groups (including my favorite rapper who’s ever worn an eye patch – Slick Rick!). More dates are available and constantly being updated on the Doomtree website.
Check out the official video for his song “Burn It Down” from his new album Bad Time Zoo.