'Live from the Streets' is a video series created by producer Mr. Green and director Sam Lipman-Stern. The series, which airs on Noisey, follows Green globally on a journey meeting interesting people and musicians on the streets. Green samples their music; interviews the street performer; and then turns the sounds into original beats. After the beat is created, he collaborates with one of his favorite rappers to add powerful lyrics to the musical backdrop he and the street musician constructed. Finally, at the end of each episode, Green revisits the people he sampled to play them the final track; often times receiving emotional responses from people who have never heard themselves on recorded audio. The final episodes are a unique hybrid music/video experience.
Mr. Green - "New Jack City Is Mine" ft. Lumin Hao, Bodega Bamz
From Mr. Green "This is a track off the Live from the Streets album dropping at midnight, it features Lumin Hao and Bodega Bamz. It was pretty smooth how it all came together, first we met a dope street musician named Lumin Hao on the Q Train subway platform down at Canal Street. He was playing some pretty amazing songs but when we talked to him about his music he was super humble and didn't want to admit that he was good. After we hung out with him for a bit, we went back to the studio, I chopped everything up and made a beat. When the beat was done we headed uptown to Bodega Bamz secret studio so he could lay down vocals. It was a pretty crazy experience, when we got to the spot, it didn't look anything like a building that should have a studio in it. We thought we were in the wrong place but then Bamz came out and brought us in. First he led us down a hallway, then down some stairs into the basement, then we had to walk for a while, then climb up a few steps and go through a circular whole in the wall... at that point it felt like we were going into the sewer but after just one more door we were in a really nice studio space. The music process went perfectly, Bamz and his bro Ohla poured us some Henny and we all just drank and listened to the beat while Bamz wrote. The scene was pretty crazy, it kind of felt like a mix of the ninja turtles and wildstyle. About 30 minutes later Bamz went in the booth while holding a Machete and laid his verse down... Dope."