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Lost Planet Bridges the Gap From Blues to Jazz to Rap

Editor Kim Bica cuts music video for rap artist Nas and jazz great Olu Dara (November 05, 2004)

Rap artist Nas and jazz great Olu Dara

Rap artist Nas and jazz great Olu Dara

Lost Planet Editor Kim Bica recently lent her talent to a powerful new music video for rap artist Nas featuring his father, jazz musician Olu Dara. ?Bridging the Gap, directed by DNAs Diane Martel, is a visually compelling narrative that focuses on the kinship between Nas and Olu in terms of music and manhood.

The single is a mix of hip-hop beat and Muddy Waters/Mississippi groove, where Olu Dara was born and raised. Nas reveals in his lyrics that his father inspired his pursuit of a musical career, as well as provided him with a deeper appreciation and complexity for his roots. ?Speak what I want, I don't care what y'all feel/'Cause I'm my own master, my Pop told me be your own boss/Keep integrity at every cost, and his home was Natchez Mississippi/Did it like Miles and Dizzy, now we gettin' busy/Bridging The Gap from the blues, to jazz, to rap/The history of music on this track. Nas raps the story of his childhood and musical influences in the blues-inspired song while Olu Dara sings the chorus about their history and his sons potential as the ?greatest man alive. The video is a combo of the son and father interaction and a riveting dance performance by beautiful women, dressed in burlesque-style garb.

?The dance performance really lent structure to the video so I cut it first, concludes Editor Kim Bica. ?It was fantastic -- really visceral and bawdy -- like a vamp. Diane [Martel] is incredibly talented and a pleasure to work with. I always appreciate how truly passionate and versatile she is. She always knows what she wants. We dont spend a lot of time going back and forth on things.

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Project: Nas ?Bridging the Gap

Airdate: October 2004

Client/Label: Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.

Production Company: DNA/Los Angeles, CA
Director: Diane Martel
DP: Bob Ganz
Executive Producers: David Naylor, Sam Aslanian, Missy Galanida
Producer: Gina Harrell

Where Shot: Sugar Factory/Brooklyn, New York

Editorial Company: Lost Planet/Santa Monica, CA
Editor: Kim Bica
Assistant Editor: Keala Asato
Executive Producer: Betsy Beale
Producer: Carol Lynn Weaver

Postproduction Company: Company 3/Santa Monica, CA & Base 2/Los Angeles, CA
Colorist: Dave Hussey @ Company 3
Producer: Denise Brown
Online Editor: Culley Bunker @ Base 2
VFX Company: Base 2/Los Angeles, CA
Flame Artist: Culley Bunker


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