Too $hort Shooting 10 Music Videos for Upcoming Project, “No Tresspassing”
Bay Area rapper Too $hort has announced that he will be featured in 10 new videos from famed filmmaker and documentarian Joslyn Rose Lyons.
The video series is directed and produced by Lyons’ company Jog9 Productions and is meant to promote Too $hort’s upcoming album, No Trespassing, due out February 28th on EMI,
Lyons’ company has developed quite a resume since releasing her first feature documentary “Soundz of Spirit” (SOS) in 2002.
The first in the series is the song “Double Header” featuring Wallpaper.
“I wanted to showcase another side of Too $hort. I wanted to explore a more story-driven and cinematic theme to his songs,” Lyons told AHH. “I hope these videos will be inspiring, something different from what we might expect to see.”
In 2002 Lyons’ critically lauded film (SOS) explored the spiritual connection between Hip-Hop emcees and how they create music. The flick featured Common, Andre 3000 and Cee-Lo Green among others.
Joslyn Rose Lyons has also directed and produced original content for Current TV, BET Networks, Discovery Channel, PBS and HBO.
“I made a deal with Joslyn to shoot 5 videos and it went so well I decided to shoot 5 more with her…Next, I wanna do a movie,” Too $hort said of the prolific director.
Directing Def Poetry Bay Area, a pilot for Simmons Lathan Media Group and HBO, and producing segments for BET Networks including the Top Ten Countdown with Bone Thugs N’ Harmony and Hip Hop Chess with RZA of Wu-Tang for Rap City, Joslyn has been cutting her teeth on the film side of rap for years
In 2008 she went behind the scenes with Erykah Badu, while recording the New Amerykah Part II album.
Lyon’s has also tried her hand at directing music videos, putting together nearly a dozen music videos including four from Brooklyn, New York emcee Talib Kweli.