Video Premiere: The Great Ones, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”
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Their debut album will be released May 20 on Hot Capicola Records, available online and through a very limited run of personalized CDs. The duo has revealed a taste of what’s to come in their video for “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.”
The song is born from frustrations about police brutality, particularly towards African Americans, which have come to a boiling point in the past few years.
“We wanted to communicate the frustration and anger and really voice how I would say a lot of people feel about this,” Robinson said.
It started with a beat.
“When I received the beat from the producer, Dante Cope, I knew that I would have to challenge myself,” said Tellis. “I instantly felt the need to write something powerful.”
Tellis was moved to use spoken word for the track. Later in the process, the duo included vocals from Holland, Michigan-based hip hop artist Dayz.
“His contributions to the song were truly the icing on the cake,” Tellis said.
The rest of the record promises to be packed with social commentary, political awareness, and positive messages.
“You can expect to laugh, cry, and feel the urge to get up and do something,” Robinson said.
The Great Ones formed after Tellis and Robinson met at a hip hop competition hosted by a mutual friend. They clicked instantly, Tellis said. The project evolved naturally out of their friendship.
“We have become far more than just a hip hop group. We are family. I couldn’t ask for a better person to share my music journey with,” Tellis said.
Keep an eye out for the release of The Great Ones’ release on Hot Capicola Records.