Meet Blaktastik’s Artist In Residence, TIME SPENT

Jul 19, 2015 by Nickelodeon on The Nickelodeon Blog

Time Spent NYC redefines what makes a typical “rap video.” Matthew and Ronin Wood are free-roaming videographers, always looking for the next hip-hop verse to capture—on VHS tape, with no cuts, no beats, no post-production, nothing but the artist and their words to carry them. They shoot in bedrooms, in back alleys, on the J train, and wherever else they come into contact with these emerging and established rap artists.

Time Spent does have a couple of rules, however: the flows must be all original, and either created for Time Spent or unreleased. And there can’t be any hooks or music, which creates nothing but pure and original content.

They’ll be bringing this philosophy to Blaktastik as our artists in residence. They’ll be working alongside college students in our area as they hit the record button and explore our neck of the woods. At the end of the day, their goal is to create “an objective view of rap performance as an art form in a unique and raw experience,” and truly, what can be more raw than something akin to the early days of no-budget DIY street rap videos?

Time Spent will be holding an all-day workshop with local students from Benedict College. To see their collaboration, come to the free public screening on Sunday July 26 at 5:30pm.