New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA 5/7/08 – Taz Arnold (AKA TI$A), once front man to underground hip-hop super group Sa-Ra formerly signed to Grammy award winning artist Kanye Westâ€™s label Good Music, launches his solo career and dedicates his first single and accompanying celebrity filled music video, â€œVote Obamaâ€ in support of democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.
Kanye West, Jay Z, Chris Brown, Travis Barker, Shepard Fairey, and Apple of The Black Eyed Peas are among some of the celebrities, artists, and tastemakers that make a cameo.
As a producer and fashion icon, TI$A has worked with some of the music industryâ€™s finest talents, including Dr. Dre, Erykah Badu, Iggy Pop, Jill Scott, N.E.R.D., Roberta Flack, Herbie Hancock, Lauren Hill, John Legend, and Kanye West to name a few.
Additionally, TI$A is preparing to unleash his new clothing line, also called TI$A. As part of the underground hip-hop super group Sa-Ra, TI$A has gained strong cult followings in Japan, U.S.A., and Europe. He is considered to be at the forefront of the new wave of music and fashion, mixing high-end luxury brands with vintage and original designs. The international music scenes biggest tastemakers Gilles Peterson and Benji B of BBC Radio, amongst others, have championed TI$A and his affiliates.
The “Vote Obama” track was produced by Alfred Darlington AKA DAEDELUS who has released music on numerous labels Internationally, in addition to collaborating and performing with artists such as N.E.R.D., Billy Preston, The Silver Apples, Sa-Ra, MF DOOM, Madlib, Busdriver, Justice, 2 Live Crew, Billy Higgins, Prefuse 73, and many more. He is currently signed to UK label Ninja Tune. His next release “Love To Make Music To” is due May 22nd, 2008.
As Americans, we are approaching a crossroads in the course of our history with the upcoming presidential election. In response to this pivotal moment in history, TI$A aims to inspire the youth of America through music and fashion by way of the â€œVote Obamaâ€ music video.
Shooting in Los Angeles, â€œVote Obamaâ€ features a whoâ€™s who of music industry, fashion, and tastemakers who collectively represent all that is both American and international pop-culture. Kenzo Hakuta directs the music video. Kenzo Hakuta is a video artist and filmmaker from NY who has had films in the Tribeca Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival, in addition to being a prestigious Rockefeller Film Fellowship nominee. He has his debut experimental hip-hop music project entitled â€œCity of Godâ€™s Sonâ€ being released in late May 2008.