Video directed by, Cy Abdelnour
“so illegal” COMING SOON
“This is my first solo music video and I had a lot of fun shooting it. The video was shot at two locations on the east side of Ann Arbor, MI near where I grew up. I wanted the video to show what Michigan was like in the dead of winter but also how we still can have fun and come together even when it’s freezing. I also like how you can almost feel the cold when you watch it because of how bundled up we all were and how the snow was falling throughout the entire video. We really couldn’t have picked a better day! And the crazy part is that there was literally no snow on the ground about a week before the shoot, but that’s just classic Michigan weather. It was really cool to have some of my Branch Out Family on the set with me, as well as my younger brother D-Squeeze and the young homie Professor Megablown. I was happy that I got to shoot the second verse at my old elementary school, Pittsfield Elementary, which is also where the basketball hoop from the single artwork is from. I really wanted to showcase that school because that’s where I feel it all started for me. It was crazy shooting there because when I was in 5th grade I used to play on those basketball courts and play tag on that playground. It was an honor to work with someone as talented as Cy who was really good at helping me realize my vision for the video and I don’t think it could have turned out any better. I really hope you all enjoy it!” – MIC
“This is the first single from my upcoming project “So Illegal.” The title comes from me being in the studio all the time, writing and recording, and how that place becomes my paradise.” – MIC
We’ve been shooting a lot of music videos with visionary Cy Abdelnour in the past weeks for Man In Charge, Bar Alarm, and most recently, a collaboration between GenPop, Clavius Crates, and Professor Megablown.
Please enjoy this still from what will be an extra awesome motion picture piece for the song 25%.
Many thanks to the incredible Kayj Michelle for organizing and coordinating the talent and snapping the photo.
A lot can happen in two years! Since 2011, when Tree City last dropped “Definement,” much has gone down. And the resulting song, “Hari Om” details just that. Happiness, turmoil, confidence, self-doubt, and travels to India were all inspirations for the track.
“Hari Om” was produced by Clavius Crates (who also designed the cover art). DJ Cataclysmic holds it down on the hook and electric bass. Shout out to Vishnu, Kali, Shiva and Ganesh! This one is from THE LANDS, straight to where you stand.
2nd single from Cheeks’ upcoming album, Saturn’s Return.
Additional Vocals by: B-Free
Production by: Oznoh Beats
Artwork by: Andrew Kligier
Mixed by: Craginsville Productions
Recorded at: Live Music City in Fresno, California