07.05.06.01

Description: B-Roll of wet cotton fields on Hopson Plantation after the rain, Footage of Geroge Hines, WROX deejay and station manager, signing off in the last moments of the station’s existence. Visitors are dropping by. Poor audio and video for the Hines clips, as we began to capture the scenes before we had adequate equipment set up. Hines is talking about his legacy and that of WROX emotionally as he closes the station for the foreseeable future.

 

.01 B-Roll Wet dirt road and cloudy sky short

10, 10, n/a, Short B-Roll of wet dirty road and cloudy sky at Hopson

 

.02  B-Roll Wet Cotton field cloudy sky short

10, 10, n/a Short B-Roll zoom in wet cotton field at Hopson

 

.03 B-RollWet cotton field pan right

10, 10, n/a, Short B-roll wet cotton field pan right at Hopson

 

.04 B-Roll Wet cotton field traveling shot

10, 10, n/a, Longer B-roll shot of wet cotton field with sky reflected in rain puddles, Hopson plantation

 

.05 B-Roll Wet cotton field traveling shot

10, 10, n/a, Short second shot of even wetter cotton field, Hopson plantation

 

 

07.05.06.02

 

Footage of George Hines, WROX deejay and station manager, signing off in the last moments of the station’s existence. Visitors are dropping by. Poor audio and video for the Hines clips, as we began to capture the scenes before we had adequate equipment set up. Hines is talking about his legacy and that of WROX emotionally as he closes the station for the foreseeable future.

 

.01 Hines’ last broadcast on WROX, good audio

8, 2, 10 George Hines signing off “It’s George Hines with the last broadcast forever.”

 

.02 Hines’ last broadcast on WROX Ground up shot Hines Singing

8, 6, 8 George Hines talking and singing in the studio while he deejays, shot starts with his gold shoes and goes to his face, enjoying the music

 

.03 Hines’ last broadcast on WROX shot of guys in studio

8, 7, n/a Singer Wendell B. watching on as Hines plays Wendell’s music

 

.04 Hine’s last broadcast on WROX, “You need some more radio in your system.”

8, 6, 9 “You need some more love, need some more radio in your system.” George Hines explaining that he is almost done broadcasting.

 

.05 Hine’s feet tapping

8, 9, 8 Hine’s feet tapping to the beat as he plays Southern Soul music

 

.06 WROX onlookers nodding to the music

8, 8, n/a Studio onlookers nodding to the music on WROX

 

.07 Hines shouts out to Delta towns and asks for political change on WROX

9, 8, 9 Hines names the towns in his listenership, thanks his advertisers, urges local politicians to help the economy, “I don’t think y’all are ready,” repeats. Emotional.

.08 Shot of WROX onlooker’s face

7, 8, n/a B-roll shot of onlooker’s face

 

.09 Kids visit Hines at WROX last broadcast

7, 7, 7 Kids visit Hines at WROX to say goodbye

 

.10 Medium shot of Hines on phone.

8, 8, 9 “This is my last broadcast on WROX…we’re gonna get it together” Gets teary at end of clip and apologizes.

 

.11 Hines hugs kids

8, 7, 7 I love you all. ‘You all ain’t got no choice, listening to that grown folks’ music.”

 

.12 King Richard visits Hines in the studio

9, 7, 7 King Richard, a friend of Hines, visits the studio. Hines: “Boss says he gonna pull the plug.” Richard: “ I got a generator!” Laughter.

 

.13 George Hines takes request

8, 6, 8 Friars Point fan makes a request as Hines spreads rumor about King Richard’s other woman. Good radio talk here.

 

.14 Hines: “Ooh, shucky ducky”

9, 3, 9 Hines audio clip, “Oooh, shucky ducky.”

 

15. Hines talks, rumor about King Richard, station situation, plays “stand up in it.”

7, 5, 9 “Stand up in it” plays as Hines discusses the status of his children and the station.

 

07.05.06.03

 

.01 George Hines final sign-off

10, 7, 9 Hines says goodbye to the radio station, discusses economic situation in the Delta, talks about seeing people chopping cotton and tells politicians to help economically

 

07.06.06.01

 

Interviews with Jerome “Top Notch” Williams, his next-door-neighbor and cousin

 

.01 Top Notch and Taurus introduce themselves

10, 10, 10 Top Notch and his cousin in their yard introducing themselves

 

.02 Taurus remembers Top Notch expressing himself

8, 10,10 Top Notch’s cousin. Taurus, recalls him expressing himself through music as a kid; beating on the walls

 

.03 Taurus remembers Top Notch rapping as a kid

7, 10, 10 Top Notch’s cousin recalls him rapping about hard times

 

.04 Top Notch discusses 904

8,10, 10 Top: “We would get in a huddle and rap”  “Growing up in 904 is tattooed on my heart”

 

.05 Taurus and Top Notch discuss poverty

10, 10, 10 Taurus: “Top Notch’s words helped us transcend hunger”

 

.06 Taurus and Top Notch discuss crime and welfare as child

10, 10, 10 Taurus and Top Notch discuss growing up hungry with 18 people on one welfare check

 

.07 Taurus and Top Notch discuss chopping cotton

9, 10, 10 The cousins discuss chopping cotton as kids and the dehydration

 

.08 Taurus and Top Notch discuss childhood rap idols

8, 10, 10 Discuss favorite rap stars as children and how they inspired them to transcend

 

.09 Taurus discusses how long Jerome’s been rapping

10,10, 10 Taurus says Jerome’s been rapping a long time: 10 or 15 years

 

.10 Taurus discusses Jerome talk about Cee-lo

6,10,10 Taurus discusses Jerome reminding him of Cee-Lo

 

.11 Taurus and Top Notch discuss “Keep your head up, keep pushing.”

10,10, 10 Taurus and Top Notch discuss Top using the phrase, keep your head up, keep pushing

 

.12 Top Notch raps about 904

9, 10,10 Top Notch freestyle raps about growing up in a small apartment with 18 people, his love for his cousin

 

.13 B-Roll of young boys’ faces

10, 10, n/a B-roll of young boys in yellow shirts listening to Top Notch

 

.14 B-Roll of Taurus’ face

10, 10, n/a Taurus’ face as he listens to interviewer ask a question

 

.15 Three boys talk about rapping

10,10, 10 Kevon Jurden, 11 years old, sits next to the two boys and talks about his rapping

 

.16 Kevon raps

9, 10, 10 Kevon Jurden, 11 years old, neighbor to Top Notch, raps about watching Looney-Tunes

 

.17 Kevon talks about sharing money with family

10, 10, 10 Kevon talks about sharing his money as an adult with the family and doing something positive for the community

 

.18 Boys love Clarksdale with all their hearts

10, 10, 10 Boys say they love Clarksdale with all their hearts

 

.19 Boys talk about what they would like to change in Clarksdale, home cooking

10, 10,10 Boys talk about what they love and what they would like to change in Clarksdale, Kevon: “I don’t want to see my family members in no casket.”

 

20. Boys talk about people rapping in Clarksdale

8, 10,10 Boys discuss seeing a guy walking down the street rapping the other day

 

21. Boys talk about freestyling

9, 10,10 Boys talk about making up rhymes even though they didn’t know what rap was

 

22. Boys just rapped off the top of our heads

9, 10, 10, 10 Mario: “We just flowed with it…”

 

23. Kevon says rapping is God’s gift

9,10,10 Kevon says that rapping is God’s gift and that Clarksdale really can improve itself and stop the killing...and that they should stop throwing bodies onto the fields.

 

24. Kevon talks about how the way one raps can change the world, CLOSE UP

10,10,10 Kevon talks about how rap can help kids to find alternatives to violence

 

25. Kevon says his rap will be about God CLOSE UP

10, 10, 10 Kevon: I want to change the world, how people act and what they do. I want to rap about God.

 

26. Boys say their names and ages

10, 10, 10 Boys say their names and ages

 

27. B-Roll of Boys

7, 10, n/a B-roll of boys hearing

 

28. Boys tell their names and ages

10, 10, 10 The three boys, Derrick Jurden, Mario Hagen and Kevon Jurden tell their names for the camera.

 

07.06.06.02

Top Notch and Kevon rap together with two young boys standing in the back. Shot in top Notch’s backyard

 

.01 Top Notch teaches Kevon

7, 10, 10 Top Notch teaches Kevon a quick rhyme

 

.02 Top Notch and Kevon rap together

10, 10, 10 Top Notch and Kevon freestyle together about being a younger/older rapper. Excellent footage.

 

07.08.06.01

Robert Birdsong

 

07.10.06.01

B-Roll, lots of long shots traveling through the New World District and black neighborhoods

 

.01 B-roll of New Roxy

8, 8,n/a New Roxy with bicyclist riding by—daytime

 

.02 B-Roll of Issaquena and New Roxy

7,7, n/a Shot of the decrepit old famous New Roxy theatre

 

.03 New Roxy Zoom b-roll

7, 7,n/a

 

.04 Issaquena ghost town

7, 7, n/a

 

.05 Issaquena Street zoom in

7,6, n/a

 

.06 B-Roll tracking shot of two girls in front of old Turners’ grill

9, 10, n/a nice long tracking shot of Issaquena Ave

 

.07 Long traveling shot of New World district B-roll

9, 8, n/a

 

07.12.06.01

 

Top Notch being interviewed in a shack at the Shack-Up-Inn in Clarksdale about his craft, being in the choir and transcendence. He’s wearing a green shirt and green and white hat and lit naturally by a nearby window. Brian Graves collects a variety of shots with steady zooms.

 

.01 Top Notch introduces himself

10,10,10 Top Notch introduces himself and his hip-hop name

 

.02 Top Notch: rapping for quite some time

8, 10, 9 Top Notch explains that he has been rapping since he was 5 years old

 

.03 Top Notch’s god-given talent

7, 10, 9 Top talks about rapping as a kid. “Your parents want to show you off, “Oh, he’s so cute.”

 

.04 Top Notch started off in the choir

8,10,9 Top Notch says he started singing in the choir and talks about drawing from older spirituals and gospel music

 

.05 Top Notch : I’m the only one who can tell my own story Zoom in close

9,10, 9 Top Notch talks about how many MCs speak the truth but that he’s the only one who can tell his own story

 

.06 Top Notch: My talent with words electrifies people

9,10,10 Top Notch talks about how his words affect people

 

.07 Top Notch: How I transform using the word

8,10+,9 Top Notch talks about how using the word to change the community starts a domino effect

 

.08 Top Notch: I want the world to listen to me crying out

8, 10, 10 Top Notch talks about using his voice to cry out to the world and bring knowledge…” I want the world to know you’re not alone.”

 

.09  Top Notch: Transformation through the word was inspired by others CLOSE UP

9, 10, 10 Top Notch discusses being inspired by members of the church to create his own style of transformation Close-up shot

 

.10 Top Notch compared himself to a preacher

10,10, 10 Top Notch says that he doesn’t stand in a pulpit, but my religion is music and traditional religion. It’s cool to have style, but it’s cool to have respect for people.

 

.11 Top: My Sunday morning is every day when I choose to freestyle

10,10, 10 Top Notch freestyles every day while a preacher teaches on Sunday morning

 

.12 Top talks about being inspired in the church…

10, 10, 10, Top Notch talks about how he was inspired to rap by the way people clap in the Baptist church “We had some church on Sunday”

 

.13 Top talks about how Blues and gospel singers tell a story

9, 10, 10 Top: “Ya’ll believe in stories?” Both blues and gospel tell a story.

 

07.12.06.02

More of the Shack-Up interview with Top Notch

 

.01Top talks about the similarities between his work and that of the blues

9, 10, 10 Top talks about how his work is a soul cry that’s made in a similar way to how the blues are created

 

.02 Top Notch discusses how the Clarksdale has a part in creating music

10, 10, 10 Top talks about gospel and the blues in Clarksdale and their relationship to hip-hop. Great footage. Top discusses that both blues and hip-hop are about “we’re tired of this.”

 

.03 Top talks about the way both the blues and rap want to be heard

8, 9, 9 Top talks about how the blues and rap just want to be heard and them mentions black-owned radio

 

.04 Top: It’s a starvation type world

10, 9, 9 Top says, “it’s a starvation type world. If our mouth isn’t open, we can’t feed it.

 

.05 Top says that the light’s gonna shine on blues

8, 9, 9, Top says that the light’s gonna shine on hip-hop just as it has the blues

 

.06 Top says that some whites don’t want to know about hip-hop

9, 8,.9  Top says that whites and blues tourists don’t want to know about hip-hop

 

.07 Top talks about cotton as a way of life in Mississippi

10, 8, 9 Top talks about how cotton made the economy so blacks had to take the leftovers, which they did creative things with…

 

.08 Top discusses transcendence…beautiful quotes

10, 8,10 Close up shot of Top Notch talking about the moment of transcendence and how it feels to reach that point when he’s rapping, including the

 

07.13.06.01

 

At Big T’s house hanging out at his house

 

.01 B-Roll of Blunt on bike

7, 5, n/a young boy on stationary bike

 

.02 B-roll of T singing “Catfish Blues” in a music lesson

8,8, 4 Big T sings Catfish—bad audio, great shots of his hand on the fretboard

 

07.13.06.02

 

At Big T’s house, some outside shots with Myrtis, Bobbi, ? and Vanessa. Beginning of Big T interview

 

.01 B-Roll of Big T smiling

8,7, 6 Big T smiling outside as the camera zooms in; jokes told in the background

 

.02. Big T laughs big

8,6, n/a Big T cracks up as Myrtis tells him a story. Close up B-Roll.

 

.03 Big T and Myrtis laughing

8, 7, 5 Big T and his sister Myrtis tell jokes and laugh in T’s backyard. B-roll with possible

 

.04 Kids in T’s backyard B-roll

7, 7,n/a Blunt and sister mug behind their dad in T’s backyard. Good B-roll.

 

.05 Zoom in to T B-roll

7, 7, n/a Zoom into T sitting past his sisters’ shoulders

 

.06 B-roll of guys barbequing in T’s backyard

7, 6, 5 Guys tell jokes in T’s backyard while standing around the barbeque

 

.07 Big T introduces himself

10, 9,10 Big T talks about who he is and where he’s from.

 

.08 Big T talks about his blues education

 8, 9, 9 Big T: I wasn’t inspired by Muddy be cause I was too young to know, but I was later inspired by his music. Big Jack Johnson and Johnnie Billington taught me how to play.

 

.09 Big T discusses oral tradition

8,9, 9 T: I learned a lot of stuff from the older men. Talks about the oral tradition and mother wit.

 

.10 B-roll of Big T in his studio

7, 7, n/a Big T looking thoughtful in his studio

 

.11 Big T discusses how the music moves him through vibes

10, 9, 10 T: The music moves me in a different way: the vibes of the music are what matters. The music moves me through its vibes.

 

.12 Big T talks about how music helps with the struggle

8, 9, 10 Big T talks about how music helps overcome struggle

 

.13 Big T talks about sacred/secular

10, 9, 9 Big T talks about the sacred/secular divide and how blues can move you without being sacred

 

.14 Big T discusses how the blues was pagan

10, 9, 9 T: Blues was pagan when I was a kid. They would call it devil-worshipping music, but they would go to the juke joint.

 

.15 Big T discusses Robert Johnson

8, 9, 9 T talks about the crossroads and the devil, and the possibility of the crossroads being of chaotic nature.

 

.16 Big T talks about how the blues are passed along from generation to generation, music makes you happy

10, 9, 9 T: I was raised on this king of music and I also heard the blues. These Jelly Roll Kings guys showed me love, understanding and music can make you happy, sad, wonder. It’s about the music and what it gives you. The music isn’t about us—it’s about what it can do for us. This is what those old guys taught me.

 

.17 Big T talks about bad luck

8, 9, 9 Big T: I had my share of bad luck, too

 

.18 Big T gets a thrill from teaching

8, 7, 8 T: It’s a thrill that I get from learning that the kids are learning a tradition that should go on.

 

.19 Big T talks about teaching blues

8, 8, 8 I’m thrilled to be a part of the teaching process

 

07.13.06.03

Interview in Big T’s house

 

.01 Big T talks about gospel, blues, rap and racism

10, 8, 10 T: the black man found comfort in gospel, used music to talk about what was really happening. They were stressing on the truth. The blues came along and did the same thing. Rap did the same thing. We accepted it for what it was. And then it became hard-core. I want to know what you’re stressing on.

 

.02 Big T talks about Top Notch

10, 7, 9 T: I respect Top Notch because he keeps it pretty clean. This is his young blues…We all have a blues. I dig his work and feel what he’s saying.

 

.03 T talks about Clarksdale as a blues town

8, 7, 7 T: Discusses tourism and the blues. This town had been thrown off sideways about it.

 

.04 Big T discusses kinds of blues

8, 7, 7 Big T discusses how the blues hit a person—in different ways

 

.05 Big T discusses Muddy Waters, authenticity

9, 8,8 T: Pass me that guitar right there. Muddy had a crappy guitar because he couldn’t afford a good one. When he got an electric guitar, he was happy. The blues can be happy, too. I want to be sad for a minute, not a long time.

 

.06 Big T discusses Clarksdale blues, tourism

10, 9, 9 T: If you’re coming to Clarksdale looking for anything but what we have to offer, you’ve come to the wrong place. We all got some kind of blues.

 

.07 Big T talks about the blues not dying

10, 7, 9 T: People say that the blues is dying…Everytime they say that, it means that the blues is still going on. Let’s keep it alive. We have kids playing the blues. The blues is a changing form. New generations come and the .

 

.08 Big T says the blues and hip-hop can change

10, 7, 7 T: The blues can change but still be the blues. It raises up.

 

.09 Big T talks old/new sound

7, 7, 7 T: The old men relied deeply on their ears. The new guys want to use tech to sound like Robert Johnson

 

.10 Big T: BB King improvised

7, 7, 7 BB King talked about BB played the thrill is gone on the record one way, but plays it different each time.

 

.11 Big T discusses hard Times

8, 9, 9 T: Muddy Waters would hitchhike and play for drinks. Most of our young people shouldn’t stress on hard times because they’re not as bad as they were. My parents picked cotton until their hands bled working in the white man’s field. We couldn’t make money to eat. I have to ask young people what kind of hard times are you having?

 

.12 Big T talks about what good times mean to him.

9, 8,8 T: Happy times, you want to be in a good spirit to deal with life’s crushing blows. We need to get up and walk straight again

 

.13 Big T says that the blues goes on

7, 4, 9 Big T says he’s happy that the blues will go on

 

.14 Big T plays “Catfish Blues”

10, 8,10 Big T plays his favorite song, “Catfish Blues” on an acoustic guitar in his living room

 

.15 Big T starts playing “I Be’s Troubled” on electric guitar

10, 9, 10 Big T plays a Muddy Waters song on his electric guitar in his living room

 

07.13.06.04

 

Da Fam parties at the Mexican restaurant and heads to Ground Zero blues club, where they do a pickup performance for the tourists.

 

.01 B-Roll of Deezy and Small Mexican restaurant

7, 5, 6 Deezy and Small sing “Please don’t text me”  at the Mexican restaurant

 

.02 B-Roll Top Notch at Mexican restaurant

7, 5, 5 Top Notch shows his new dance called “Think about it.” At the Mexican restaurant

 

.03 Da Fam performs at Ground Zero

7, various, 4 Da Fam performs “Just My Imagination” onstage at Ground Zero blues club as tourists cheer them on in the background

 

07.14.06.01

 

One-on-one interview with Top Notch

 

.01 Top shows Fam article

7, 7, 8 Top Notch talks about how the local paper has published an article about the group and shows it off in the car.

 

.02 Top shows Yata and Buggs the article

8, 6, 5 Top Notch delivers copies of the article to Da Fam and the are overjoyed

 

.03 Top says “This is what counts”

6, 4, 7 Top Notch talks about how the paper publishing their piece

 

.04 Top talks about rapping in Ground Zero

4, 7, 7 Top Talks about being the first rap group in Ground Zero

 

.05 Top shows the paper to Deezy

6, 7, 6 Top shows the paper to K-Deezy and Yata outside the house

 

.06 Top Notch introduces Clarksdale while driving

8, 3, 8 Top Notch talks about Clarksdale being his home while he drives through the streets of Clarksdale, talks about Clarksdale and Clarks Vegas being the same

 

.07 Top Notch better introduction driving

8, 5, 7 Top talks about the towns he’s lived in as he drives, good introduction to

 

.08 B-roll of Top driving

8, 7, n/a Top Notch drives through Clarksdale in car

 

.09 B-roll of Top talking to a lady in car

6, 5, n/a B-roll of Top talking to a lady in car

 

.10 Top shows his first house

7, 3, 7 Top talks about how he grew up in his house in Lyon and how people would wrestle, and how he saw blood on his block. 

 

.11 Top talks about his first rap

7,4, 7 Top talks about how he had his first rap at his house in Lyon

 

.12 G.B introduces himself

7, 7, 7 Top Notch’s childhood neighbor, G. B. , introduces himself

 

.13 G. B. was Top’s Neighbor

7,7, 7 G. B. says he was Top’s neighbor

 

.14 G. B. says Top rapped as a kid

7, 7, 7 G. B. says that Top rapped as a kid

 

.15 G. B. hopes Top succeeds

7, 7, 7 G. B. says that he hopes that Top notch succeeds with his rap.

 

.16 Top talks about his car accident

7, 6, 7 Top talks about is car accident outside of Lambert

 

.17 Top talks about goodness from accident

7, 6, 8 Top says that the car accident called him to serve his purpose in this world: to rap

 

.18 Top talks about First Oak Grove

7, 5, 7 Top talks about how First Oak Grove was his childhood church

 

.19 Jerome v. Top Notch

7, 5, 6 Jerome says that his church knows him as Jerome, not Top Notch

 

07.14.06.02

 

Top Notch shows his old houses and visits his mom

 

.01 Top Crowder home

7, 6, 7 Top Notch introduces his second home in Crowder, Mississippi, where he lived in poverty as a child

 

.02 Top talks Crowder rap

9, 6, 7 Top talks about how he started to write rhymes when he was 13 in the little blue house in Crowder

 

.03 Top’s rotten old house

9, 6, 9 Top: The floors were weak in this old house, and it taught me not to take things for granted

 

.04 Top better focus Crowder intro

9, 8, 5 Top talks about his childhood home in Crowder

 

.05 Top’s mom intro

8, 5, 6 Top’s mom, Jewelene Williams, introduces herself and her son

 

.06 Jewelene discusses Top’s childhood intelligence

9, 5, 7 Jewelene Williams talks about how Top could remember TV commercials and read early as a child

 

.07 Jewelene says Top made up rhymes

8, 5, 7 Jewelene talks about how Top would make up funny rhymes as a kid

 

.08 Top’s sister dies

7, 6, 7 Top talks about how his sister died of crib death and how she can live through him

 

.09 Mom introduces album

7, 5, 7 Mom introduces Top Notch’s childhood album

 

.10 Mom talks about Top’s hair and grades in school

8, 7, 8 Mom and Top talk about Top’s childhood grades and how he didn’t like to comb his hair

 

.11 Top shows memory Award

8, 6, 7 Top shows off his memory award from when he was a kid, good B-roll of Memory award. Could use sound overlay

 

.12 Top feels good about award

7, 6, 7 Top says that he feels really good about getting the memory award

 

.13 Top shows report card

7, 6, 7 Top shows his report card and says he was on the honor roll

 

.14 Mom talks about Top’s speech

7, 8, 6 Mom talks about how Top uses language.

 

.15 Top shows military photo

7, 7, 7 Top talks about how he was in the military while sitting next to his mom (Add B-roll)

 

07.14.06.03

 

.01 Top shows photo of Kinitra

7, 8, 5 Top shows a photo of himself and his girlfriend, Kinitra

 

.02 Top shows freestyle trophy

8, 6, 7 Top shows off and explain the freestyle trophy he received in Alabama in 2001

 

.03 B-roll of Top’s childhood photos

7, 6, n/a B-roll of Top Notch’s childhood photos in photo album

 

.04 B-roll Top sister photo

7, 6, n/a B-roll of a photo of Top and his sister as kids in an album

 

.05 B-roll of Top’s honor roll award

7, 6, n/a b-roll of Top Notch’s honor roll award

 

.06 B-roll of Top military article

7, 5 n/a B-roll of Top’s article about his entry into the army

 

.07 B-roll family photo pan

6, 5, n/a b-roll pan of Top’s mom and family in ‘80s

 

.08 B-roll family photo close-up

7, 5 n/a B-roll of Top’s family photo from the ‘80s

 

.09 Top’s first freestyle in a cotton field

10, 3-10, 10  Log: Roll over cotton field to Top Notch, who introduces his rhyme about his ancestors and cotton, at “the Lord has made this day” the camera wanders off for good cotton field b-roll, second verse has a close-up, but there’s problems with lighting during second verse. Some vignetting as Top finishes by talking about slavery and his ancestors. End with a great verbal outro, but with some serious camera problems…

 

.10  Top’s second cotton field freestyle

9, 5-7, 9 Top has a second freetstyle session in cotton field. Log: pan and then zoom in to Top’s second rhyme, which is shorter and with less camera movement, but also less light.

 

.11 Top’s third cotton field freestyle

 7, 4-7, 6 Pan left this time, Top has intro over pan. The camera work is smooth this time, but the light is too low to see Top’s face….pan out at the end into sunset

 

.12 B-roll cotton sunset

9, 9, n/a Zoom into beautiful sunset over cotton field…

 

07.15.06.01

 

Interviews outdoors with members of the fam Kimyata Dear and Young Buggs Diego

 

.01 Yata introduces herself

10, 9, 9 Yata introduces herself and her age

 

.02 Yata’s relationship to Top Notch

9, 6, 8 Yata explains her introduction to  and relationship with Top Notch

 

.03 Yata raps at 13

9, 6, 7 Yata explains that she started rapping at age 13

 

.04 Yata raps for positivity

8, 6, 7 Yata talks about how she sees violence in Clarksdale and then talks about them in her rhymes to effect change

 

.05 Yata builds character through rap

8, 6, 7 Yata: It’s good to be a high-school rapper—the other students like it and it helps build character, music builds character

 

.06 Yata raps to express her feelings and share them with others

8, 6, 7 Yata: I rap to express my feelings and bond with others in the community

 

.07 Yata says she is different

8, 6, 7 Yata: Okay, Yata, she’s different, I bring the unseen and the unheard.

 

.08 Yata talks about letting herself go

9, 7, 7 Yata talks about how she lets herself go in a spiritual way while rapping

 

.09 Yata drops her troubles through rap

9, 7, 7 Yata says that raping helps her drop her troubles and relieve her stress, and writing her raps help her become a better person

 

.10 Yata says all music makes changes

7, 6, 7 Yata says that all music makes changes

 

.11 Yata tries to keep things positive

9, 6, 8 Yata says that she tries to keep her raps positive, even if they deal with reality

 

.12 Yata says outsiders see negativity in hip-hop

8, 8, 8 Yata: some people look for negativity in hip-hop

 

.13 Yata talks about being the only lady

8, 8, 8 Yata talks about how it feels to be the only lady in the group

 

.14 Yata goes nationwide

8, 7, 8 Yata: everybody know I’m a lady rapper in Clarksdale, and I’m ready to go nationwide. I think all ladies should understand my music.

 

.15 Yata shouts out to ladies

8, 7, 8 Yata talks about how she speaks to the ladies and helps them to feel sisterhood and improve their lives

 

.16 Yata talks about her album

9, 8, 8 Yata: I’m ready to start my first album, strictly for the ladies, and it will help me to make changes in my own life.

 

.17 Yata talks about how Top Notch taught her

9, 8, 8 Yata talks about how Top Notch taught her how to rap

 

.18 Yata talks about growing up in Clarksdale

8, 7, 5 Yata talks about how hard it is to get jobs in Clarksdale and how it affects the town

 

.19 Yata raps freestyle  

10, 7, 8 Yata raps about who she is and what she does…had a weird zoom toward end

 

.20 Buggs Diego introduction

9, 7, 7 Buggs Diego introduces himself

 

.21. Buggs gets shot in the hand

7, 7, 7 Buggs talks about how he got shot in the hand

 

.22 Buggs explains why he wears black, and the messages behind his rhymes

8, 7, 7 Buggs: It was kind of me left in the dark, with my rhymes and why I wear black. I put messages in my rhymes as well, to tell people how to not be in the streets and tell people what’s going on in the streets

 

07.15.06.02

 

Outdoor interviews with Young Buggs Diego and…

 

.01 Buggs gets inspiration from the church

8, 6, 7 Buggs talks about how he gets a feeling whether to sing a hook or just rap it, but his singing comes to the church. Buggs: when one of those beats is, hot, I get the energy. I get that feeling that I should bring people into the same thing.

 

.02 Buggs says rap is an expression

9, 7, 8 Buggs says that hip-hop and rap expresses feelings as all music is. People have a problem with the lyrics…,

 

.03 Buggs raps about Clarksdale

8, 7, 6 Buggs raps about Clarksdale and where he’s from

 

.04 Buggs talks about his future

8, 9, 7 Buggs talks about how rap is only one part of what he’s trying to do in life, and that he wants to be a basketball player and be spiritual.

 

.05 Small Tyme introduction

9, 6, 8 Small Tyme introduces himself and does a quick rap

 

.06 Small’s start as a rapper with Top

9, 7, 8 Small says he started rapping with Top in 2nd grade

 

.07 Small’s early influences

9, 7, 8 Small: we were inspired by video soul on BET and loved the rappers there, so Top and I made a rap from our class

 

 .08 Small’s childhood rhyme

9, 7, 8 Small: rhyming was our way of speaking our words out as kids, we got an A fro the project

 

.09 Small speaks to younger people in his rhymes

7, 6, 8 Small talks about being positive for young people in his rhymes as well as expressing himself in his rhymes. He wants to keep kids out of gangs

 

.10 Small as a Head Start Teacher

7, 6, 8 Small talks about how he visits the head start classroom and loves working with the kids

 

.11 Small talks about the blues

8, 7, 8 Small: I used to think it was hard to make it in Mississippi until I saw Big Jack Johnson play the blues. 

 

.12 Small compares blues and rap

9, 8, 8 Small: Blues singers and rappers express reality and what they’re going through.

 

.13 Small talks about reality rap

9, 7, 8 Small: People are scared. People don’t like to hear what young black people have to say. Some blues players change their style to appeal to young people. Don’t listen to how the music sounds, listen to what we’re saying. This is reality. Some people have to feed their family through crime or gangs. There were gang members and shootings at the park near where I lived. Don’t listen to the music, listen to the words. (really two clips)

 

.14 Small talks about poverty in Clarksdale

9, 7, 8 Small Tyme talks about how poverty in Clarksdale affects people

 

.15 Small says how writing is transcendent

9, 6, 8 Small Tyme talks about how he gets in a different world when he writes his rhymes and expresses how he feels

 

.16 Small’s favorite line

9, 8, 9 Small Tyme talks about his favorite rhyme line and what it means.

 

.17 Small’s goals with rap

8, 8, 8 Small: we all want to make solo money as well as be in a group so we can all profit from our work. Small want to give back to the community with the money he makes. He wants to help his family.

 

.18 Small talks about Yata finishing college

 8, 8, 8 Small talks about taking out his family if they make it in rap, and how he wants Yata to finish college.

 

07.15.06.03

 

More of Small Tyme’s outdoor interviews, K-Deezy

 

.01 Small talks about Big Jack 

9, 8, 8 Small Tyme talks about how Big Jack Johnson’s blues are similar to what he does as a rapper

 

.02 Small talks about what enters his mind as a rapper

9, 7, 8 Small talks about how rap helps you to express what’s on your mind

 

.03 Small says he’s driven by the idea of the world hearing him.

9, 6, 8 Small Tyme talks about why he raps—he wants the whole world to hear

 

.04 Small describes what Da Fam is about

8, 6, 8 Small talks about how Da Fam is about rapping about what they do and can adapt to different contexts, whether it’s gospel, rap, reggae, blues.

 

.05 Small says rap puts Clarksdale on the map

9, 6, 8 Small: rap will help put Clarksdale on the map—we just have to be ourselves and adapt to different situations.

 

.06 Small’s second introduction

10, 6, 8 Small Tyme introduces himself and raps for the camera, talking about each member of Da Fam

 

.07 Top Notch introduction and rhyme

10, 6, 8 Top introduces himself and does a great quick rhyme

 

.08 Yata great rhyme

9, 7, 8 Yata does a quick rhyme about who she is and the fam is

 

.09 K-Deezy introduction

10, 7, 8 K-Deezy introduces himself and says where he’s from

 

.10 Deezy talks about Small and Top

9, 7, 8 K-Deezy talks about how his brother, Small Tyme, and Top  Notch involved himin the group.

 

.11 Deezy talks about how the crowd gets him going

8, 7, 8 K-Deezy talks about how the crowd gets him going and how the Ground Zero experience was great.

 

.12 Deezy talks about making music with the group

8, 7, 8 Deezy: we come together and put stuff out as a group and it’s beautiful.

 

.13 Deezy talks about making beats

8, 7, 8 Deezy talks about how he makes beats on the computer

 

.14 Deezy’s grandfather was a blues player

8, 7, 8 Deezy talks about how his grandfather was a blues musician and how it’s in his blood. .

 

.15 Deezy talks about the blues

8, 7, 8 Deezy talks about how the group incorporates the blues into their music

 

.16 Deezy talks about blues and rap

9, 7, 8 Deezy: the blues is still alive in many forms and blends with hip-hop

 

.17 Deezy talks about letting himself go

8, 7, 8 Deezy talks about how freestyle is all about letting yourself go.

 

.18 Deezy talks about Clarks Vegas

8, 7, 8Deezy: If you don’t know about Clarksdale, you might just hear negative, but there’s a lot of great things that happen at night.

 

.19 Deezy talks about Clarksdale as an Afrocentric space

8,7,8 Deezy: Mississippi is a great place because black people see it as an afrocentric creative space

 

.20 Deezy talks about racism and rims

8, 7, 8 Deezy: We take Clarks Vegas and make it a fun place for us to get away from all that, and we have clubs and cars with big rims, and our own social space.

.21 Deezy intro and rap

10, 7, 9 Deezy introduces himself and does a short rap

 

07.15.06.04

 

K-Deezy and the production room

 

.01 B-roll Deezy wires

7, 6, n/a B-rollof K-Deezy hooking up wires in his home studio

 

.02 B-roll of Deezy and Small hooking up wires

7, 6, n/a B-roll of K-Deezy and Small Tyme hooking up wires in the studio

 

.03 Deezy mixing tracks, long clip

8, 7, 5 K-Deezy listens to and mixes beats on his laptop in his home studio. Top Notch walks in and enjoys the beat. Zoom in to Deezy’s hand on the computer and the computer screen. The beats continue as Top Notch bobs his head to the beat. Deezy eats a sandwich while working on his beats.

 

.04 B-roll of Deezy eating

7, 7, 6 Deezy eats a sandwich as he makes beats on the computer.

 

.05 B-roll of Microphone

7, 6, n/a B-roll of the recording mic and a sheet of lyrics.

 

.06 B-roll of lyric sheet

8, 7, n/a B-roll of a lyric sheet waiting for recording

 

.07 Top Notch writing

8, 8, n/a B-roll of Top Notch writing lyrics. Nice close-up of Top’s lyric sheet and hand writing.

 

.08 Top and Deezy in studio

8, 8, 6 Top Notch and Deezy in the studio, good pan from Deezy to Top writing.

 

.09 B-roll of Top writing lyrics

7, 8 , n/a B-roll of Top Notch writing lyrics

 

.10 B-roll of Top’s lyrics

7, 8, n/a B-roll of Top Notch’s lyric sheet in development

 

.11 B-roll better Top’s lyrics

8, 8, n/a Very good b-roll of Top’s lyrics

 

.12 Top Notch recording

10, 8, 4-9 Footage of Top Notch recording himself rhyming from his lyric sheet

.13 Top standing near recording mic

8, 9, n/a Footage of Top Notch hearing his recording back and commenting on his work, Deezy at computer is at the beginning of the shot.

 

.14 B-roll of Deezy’s face

8, 9, n/a B-roll of Deezy’s face at the computer

 

.15 B-roll of Top’s face, lyrics

8, 9, n/a Nice b-roll of Top’s face and going into a hot of his lyrics on the wall

 

.16 Top asks for darker sound

9, 7, 8 Top Notch asks Deezy if he can make the music sound darker

 

.17 Long shot of Small Tyme rapping

9, 8, 7 Long shot of Small Tyme performing a great freestyle in the studio. Includes great footage of Deezy playing his computer keyboard for a live synth sound. Some nice close-ups of Small’s face as he rhymes

 

07.15.06.05

 

Interior shots of the group rapping

 

.01 Freestyle session, beatbox

7, 6, 6 Top, Deezy and Buggs beatbox orally while each takes a turn freestyling about their time together as friends and rappers, going through heir history together as kids

 

.02 Freestyle session, Top and Small

7, 6, 7 Top and Small talk about

 

.03 Good freestyle session, Top and Small

8, 6, 7 Top and Small rap about how they knew each other as kids  

 

07.15.06.06

 

.01 Long Fam Freestyle

10, 9, 8 Da Fam freestyles about Clarks Vegas. Loose log of their lyrics to follow:

 

Buggs: Clarsks Vegas is the place, it’s the place where we from. No matter what we do, we never forget where we from…

 

Top: Raps about double quick, violence, black dress, testifyin’, mouths closed, Clarks Vegas, we’re the foster child

 

Buggs: Clarsks Vegas is the place, it’s the place where we from. No matter what we do, we never forget where we from…

 

Small: See Big Jack Johnson, servin’ rocks, I was a fool, about what we had to do to make it, put it all together, we dropped just like that,

 

Buggs and others: Clarsks Vegas is the place, it’s the place where we from. No matter what we do, we never forget where we from…

 

Deezy: Talk a lot of shit, the streets represent my home, Clarks Vegas was the place where we’re from.

 

Buggs and others: Clarsks Vegas is the place, it’s the place where we from. No matter what we do, we never forget where we from…Top sings antiphony, and Small tyme starts to rap over the singing…

 

Ends with them saying that they made it up, and it’s live…

 

.02 Fam group introduction

9, 8, 8 Buggs, Small Tyme, K-Deezy, Top Notch and Yata introduce themselves

 

.03 Group raps for change

9, 8, 8 Small Tyme , sitting with the group, talks about what they do with their rap. Top agrees and reiterates his point.

 

.04 Yata talks about Clarks Vegas

8, 8, 8 Yata, sitting with the group, talks about why the group calls Clarks Vegas what it is.

 

.05 Small talks about Yata

8, 8, 8 Small talks about Yata’s talent and the way the group takes care of her. Top agrees and expands on that. Small says that she raps for all ladies everywhere.

 

.06 Group talks about Top

8, 8, 8 Deezy: Top Notch is my brother, and I can go to him if I need anything. My sister and Buggs are just like family. Small talks about how Top Notch helps him put it together, and the family sticks together.

 

.07 Small and Deezy talk about Top

 9, 8, 8 Small and Deezy talk about Top being motivation, encouragement, inspiration.

 

.08 Top talks about hard work

9, 8, 7 Top talks about how hard work has earned them gigs and recognition.

 

.09 Top describes the group.

9, 8, 7 Top: they’re going to hear all kinds of things through our work. A caged bird that wants to be freed.

 

07.15.06.07

.01 Yata rapping

9, 8, 8 Yata does her rap with Small Tyme.

 

.02 Yata raps swag

8, 8, 8 Yata raps the Swag with a little chorus

 

.03 Fam guys freestyle in a circle

8, 8, 8 Fam guys freestyle to “You’re the only one I want to slow dance with”

 

.04 Top in the freestyle circle

10, 8, 8 Top and Small have a great freestyle session with beatbox….excellent! Top and Small talk about their childhood. Can be cut with first camera.

 

.05 Long Fam Freestyle camera 2

10, 6, 6 (To be matched with 07.15.06.06.01)

 

07.16.06.01

Brian’s footage of First Oak Grove ceremony, tape 1, camera 1

 

.01Deacon old incantation Camera 1

9, 6, 6 Deacon’s incantation, keyboards are a little loud, close-up of keyboardist, beautiful old spiritual.

 

.02 B-roll Deacon’s Our Father

 8, 7, 5 B-roll of a Deacon reciting Our Father, close-up of his face with sweat

 

.03B-roll of choir hands up

7, 8, n/a B-roll of the choir with their hands toward heaven

 

.04 Top’s speech to the congregation

7, 6, 4 Top’s speech to the congregation

 

.05 Reverend’s speech about rap Camera 1

8, 6, 5 Reverend’s speech about Top’s rapping, some bad vignetting, some b-roll of the congragation while the preacher is preaching

 

.06  Martha Raybon directing choir

8, 7, 7 Miss Martha diecrts the choir for “Old Time Religion, I love the Lord” 

 

07.16. 06.02

 

.01 Choir singing “How I love…”

8, 8, 8, Choir singing, “How I love to call your name.”

 

.02 Miss Martha sings “Battleaxe”

8, 7, 8 Pan from Miss Martha

.03 Closer shot of choir singing “battleaxe”

8, 5-9, 8 Good audio and some very nice video of choir singing “battleaxe.”

 

.04 Shot of Miss Martha with her hands raised

8, 6, 6 Shot of Miss Martha and congregation singing “Amazing Grace,” a nice shot of her and fellow worshippers in the pews, but with vignetting and fluorescent irregularities. Very nice audio with potential to undercut behind Miss Martha’s interview.

 

.05 B-roll of Top Notch watching the sermon

6, 6, n/a B-roll of Top Notch watching the sermon

 

07.16.06.03

 

.01Preacher’s word sermon from right

8, 7, 5 Reverend Johnson preaches about the power of the word from the right side. Includes some great b-roll of Miss Martha and deacons watching the sermon. Better audio for first parts.

 

07.16.06.04

Tim Gordon’s footage of the Oak Grove service

 

.01 Top clapping

10,7, 7 Top Notch claps along with “When I lay my burden down,” pans from choir to Top in pews.

 

.02 Deacon old incantation Camera 2

9, 6, 8 Deacon’s incantation, some close-ups of Deacon and kids, ushers, periods of camera shake. Needs brightness and color adjust.

 

.03 B-roll of church matrons

7, 7, n/a B-roll of two church matrons   

 

.04 B-roll of choir from left

7, 7, 6 B-roll of choir singing

 

.05 Top’s speech, camera 2

9, 7, 4 Top’s speech to the First Oak Grove congregation, camera 2, goes into Reverend’s speech about Top’s work. Serious audio problems, but correctable video.

 

.06 B-roll Miss Martha from left side

7, 6, n/a B-roll of Miss Martha’s face, medium shot, conducting choir.

 

.07 B-roll, wider shot Miss Martha conducting the choir

7, 6, n/a B-roll of a wider shot of Miss Martha conducting the choir

 

.08 B-roll of Top Notch singing in the church

7, 7, 7 B-roll of Top Notch singing in the church

 

.09 Choir singing Old Time Religion

7, 6, 7 Oak Grove choir sings “Old Time Religion”

 

07.16.06.05

Tim Gordon’s footage of First Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church part 2

.01 Martha and Top Notch sing “Amazing Grace”

8, 6, 6 Pan from Miss Martha to Top Notch singing Amazing Grace in the church, with some good audio

 

.02 Preacher talks about word

9, 7/8, 7 Preacher’s sermon about the word of God introduction, helps to explain 

 

07.16.06.06

Tim Gordon’s footage

 

.01 Preachers’ word riff

9, 6, 6 Preacher walks up and down aisle, with call-and-response, talking about the word 

 

07.18.06.01

Brian Graves’ B-roll of Clarksdale environs and people.

 

.01 B-roll of an old man

9, 10, n/a B-roll of an old man and Mr. Tater. This may be a problematic clip because its subjects are not looking at the camera, but it’s shot beautifully.

 

.02 B-roll of downtown rubble

10, 10 n/a B-roll of crumbling buildings in the New World district, pan

 

.03 B-roll zoom into downtown rubble

10, 10, n/a Zoom into shot of downtown rubble

 

.04 B-roll tracking shot of man walking

9, 9 n/a B-roll of a man walking through New World District

 

.05 B-roll of an old man sitting with a bicycle

10, 9, n/a B-roll of an old man and a bike. Again, the subject is looking away from the frame, but he waves here to an off-screen friend.

 

.06 B-roll pan from old man to Issaquena

9, 8, n/a B-roll pan from an old man sitting at Club 2000 to a shot of the street

 

.07 B-roll of a rack focus on Issaquena

10, 10, n/a B-roll of a blurry-to-focused shot of Issaquena Street—nice.

 

.08 B-roll of the railroad tracks and people walking

10, 10, n/a Short shot of people walking across the railroad tracks

 

.09 B-roll of the railroad crossing at the New World District

9, 10, n/a B-roll of the railroad crossing in the New World District. Short zoom out.

 

.10 B-roll of a man walking down the tracks

9, 10, n/a B-roll of a man walking across the tracks

 

.11 B-roll of Mr. Tater playing the guitar
10,10, n/a B-roll of Tater playing the guitar

 

07.19.06.01

Brian Graves’ footage of Miss Martha Raybon in her home in Crowder, Mississippi with her two grandchildren and Top Notch. Interview and singing.

 

.01 Miss Martha introduction

10,7, 9 Miss Martha introduction, Martha and Top talk about how they know each other, through the choir, and how she helped to raise him

 

.02 Miss Martha choir director

10, 7, 9 Miss Martha talks about how the kids would gather in her little trailer and practice for the choir, with the neighbors gathered around

 

.03 Martha says that Top liked fast songs

9, 7, 9 Miss Martha says that songs ushered spirit into the church and that Top and his friends wanted a beat with their service.

 

.04 Martha finds you a song

9, 7, 9 Martha talks about how she would put students in the forefront and encourage them to choose their own songs, and how they would love to change the songs.

 

.05 Martha talks about rocking

10, 7, 8 Martha and Top Notch talks about how Top would improvise rhymes for the church and rock back and forth when he made up lyrics.

 

.06 Martha discusses the Holy Spirit

10, 7, 8 Miss Martha talks about how music ushers in the Holy Spirit and makes you feel better and give you inner joy and peace. Top joins in and agrees. Martha :you just know that everything’s gonna be all right.

 

.07 Martha says that words can be used in everyday life

10, 7, 8 Martha says that words can be used to life you out of the troubles of everyday life.

 

.08 Martha talks about the power of singing with Top

10, 8, 8 Martha talks about the power of singing and how it can really affect a person, Top Notch says it’s like a high feeling and Martha agrees. Martha: “When the Holy Spirit takes over, you’re out of control. Top: You escape reality for some minutes and then come back to yourself.

 

.09 Martha talks about Top’s church speech

9, 7, 8 Martha talks about how excited she was when Top gave his speech in church. She also reiterates what Reverend Johnson said and how Top is a positive rapper.

 

.10 Martha talks about how Top can use his rap for God

9, 7, 8 Martha talks about how she told Top how he could use his rap for positive ends, and Top responds that his rap was his escape route, just like the Holy Spirit.

 

.11 Martha sings “Walk with Me.”  

9, 5, 8 Miss Martha sings “Walk with Me” and talks on the outro

 

.12 Martha sings “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”

9, 6, 4 Martha sings “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” some video and audio problems, Top’s mic might be cut quite a bit.

 

.13 Martha sings “Troubles of the World”

10, 7, 8 Martha sings Mahalia Jackson’s “Troubles of the World” with an intro and outro description by Top Notch. Top talks about how the song makes him feel better about his cousin’s death. Martha says that you need to listen to the words of a song. Martha preaches a bit at the end.

 

07.19.06.02

More of Top Notch and Miss Martha’s interview

 

.01Martha discusses song and slavery

10, 7, 7 Miss Martha: The slaves would use music to communicate methods of escape and meeting. Dark shot needs color correction.

 

.02 Martha discusses song use today

8, 9, 8 Miss Martha discusses how song is used today.

 

.03 Martha talks about how Top uses his music for instructions

9, 8, 8 Miss Martha discusses how Top Notch uses his music to communicate action

 

.04 Martha discusses music and message coding

10, 9, 7 Martha talks about how positive rap works in a similar way to the slaves’ music: do the right thing

 

.05 Martha sings “Use me Lord”

10, 10, 10 Martha sings her favorite song, “Use me Lord.” It’s a close shot and very beautiful song. Excellent clip—two verses with an outro and pause afterward.

 

07.21.06.01

B-roll rolling shots of Clarksdale

 

.01 B-roll rolling 49 tracks

9, 7,n/a B-roll rolling shot of old 49 over the tracks and into broke-down housing

 

.02B-roll rolling brickyard

9, 7, n/a B-roll of the Brickyard rolling by into an old blue house

 

.03 B-roll rolling crossroads sign

8, 7, n/a B-roll rolling past the crossroads sign into Delta Donut

 

.04 B-roll rolling Tire Shop

8, 7, n/a B-roll rolling shot of the tire shop near delta donut

 

.05  B-roll rolling shack to house

7, 7, n/a/ B-roll rolling shot going from shacks to nicer houses

 

.06 B-roll rolling Sunflower Ave

7, 7, n/a Rolling shot up Sunflower Ave past the D & T Market

 

.07 B-roll rolling Graveyard into New World District

7, 7, n/a B-roll rolling from the graveyard into New World

 

.08 B-roll rolling Hick’s

7/ 7, n/a B-roll rolling shot from Hick’s into brokedown buildings and church

 

.09 B-roll rolling Paul Edwards

B-roll rolling shot of a car upon blocks and housing on Paul Edwards Street

 

.10 B-roll rolling Sunflower shops

7, 7, n/a B-roll rolling of Sunflower Avenue shops, pedestrians

 

.11 B-roll rolling New World

9,8, n/a B-roll rolling shot of the new World District

.12 B-roll rolling New World rubble

8, 7, n/a B-roll rolling shot of rubble in the New World district

 

.13 B-roll rolling close bad houses

7, 8, n/a Closer shot of run-down houses near New World district


.14 B-roll rolling Riverside Hotel

8, 8, n/a B-roll rolling shot of the Riverside Hotel

 

.15 B-roll rolling wrecked houses

8, 8, n/a Rolling B-roll of really bad housing, short

 

.16 B-roll rolling Red Top Lounge

10, 9, n/a Great rolling b-roll shot from Red Top Lounge, past rubble and Big T’s

 

.17 B-roll rolling shot brush to rubble

9, 9, n/a B-roll rolling shot from brush to house to Turner’s down Issaquena

 

07.25.06.01

 

Footage of Top Notch rapping on the front porch of a shack at the Shack-up Inn

 

.01 Top first shack rhyme

10, 7, 6 First take of Top Notch rapping freestyle about Mississippi while envisioning our opening B-roll. Top, spoken: Back at the shack-up place, you think this is what Mississippi is like? You want to see me with a straw in my mouth? You have no fuckin’ idea.

Freestyles

Spoken: We don’t live in shacks like this anymore, gas is too expensive, and our minimum wage is not enough.I’ve done the math and the homework, but you don’t understand what life is like here. Follow me into my town. Cats come from other places trying to do tours. My language has been pre-judged. I cry because I see things in my past life. We should not still be living in shacks today. It’s more than just suffering, it’s about what you’re going to do when you suffer too much. 

 

.02 Top second shack rhyme

10, 4, 9 Top raps freestyle in the front of the shack. Great audio this time, but a sun flare obscures the bottom half of the shot.

Spoken: Do you think we’re chopping cotton still? If you think this about Mississippi, then you have no fuckin; idea.

Freestyles

At, “You want to talk about love,” he steps down a step

At, “Bring this down a little closer,” he sits down and we lose the sun flare. “I’m gonna have to sit down with my people, like Mahalia Jackson, I give you the flavor. I’m not fullup, but I’m full of this bullshit, you can’t change a way of life. I’m married to the streets of this life. You don’t want to see a murder round here. We’re more than cotton choppers. We drink the finest wine. I cried many nights, they asked my name. Why the hell do they call me a villain? I’m Mississippi corn-bred. LaCoste shoes. I see people walking around with sad faces, still get drunk and have fun at the Old Roxy. Call it a grand slam and the damage been done.”

 

Stands back up and flares come back. “People life and jobs I testify here. I be that mister, pitch the pitcher. Alpha Omega, beginning to end. If it’s the book of revelations, I’m here to testify.”

 

Outro: an excellent speech, asking to let his people go. Talks about how life is more than the Delta Jubilee, where people have to deal drugs to eat. I’ve explained it to you.

 

07 25.06.02

 

Top Notch raps in a cotton field, camera 1, still shot,

 

Top: Cotton field.

Pause

Cotton field.

In my past life, my ancestors, this is all they had right here. I must know ehere I come from, I want the world to listen right. Bow your heads for me.

 

Heavenly father, I’m glad that you showed us a new way, lead us intoi righteousness over evil. King, X, Truth, tubman we want to be free. Hold hands with America. Lord, we can only do this in your son Jesus name.

 

Cotton choppin’.

 

As the wind blows

Sunday nights

Riding the trucks

Chopped by them hoes

Whips and chains

They srill got it

Scarred I see bloody tears

Crying many tears

I know they gace this up

Church give you a hymn

It will be done

‘let me cry tears

I cry tears because I kneo

My ancestors

I never seen pick up trees

They gonna live through me

I cry tears \you best believe that I want to fight through here

2 years of my life or this here

Johnson grass,

I have to go and close the curtain

We used to make 28 dollars in the day

A nickel and some quarters

Couldn’t support families

I tell you what life was like.

I had too many families dead and die.

Sworn of the sword they\

\

Givin me more

Looking upinto the sky

Cryin baby mayb4e

I see uncle lookin over ethir head

Getting burned by the sweat

They didn’t have the means to do it

Tried to break free

A foot cut off.

I got words that’ll make you say it’ll be okay

I got your real truth, Aunt Jemima

My troubles of the world it will be done

Holocaust shed no tears’

Careers they try

I biting pain

I know there’s trouble with this game

 

This gonna be ny choppin’ cotton

I know my ABC

Backwards
Better get your Z’s up

Everybody in the world gonna need Jesus

Understand that this game can end

 

You cannot say that

Thoughts are crazy

I believe that’s the chance I take

Cotton chop

It’s the chance I take

I give you my church right here, and this is my cruy

 

But it’s not over people, I gotta take you to church with me

Songs I still got in my head.

 

07.24.06.01

 

Brian graves’ B-roll of people and places around Clarksdale

 

.01 B-roll of a basketball game

7, 8, n/a B-roll of a basketball game

 

.02 B-roll of kids playing basketball

6, 6, n/a Shot of kids playing basketball, wide and slightly overexposed.

 

.03 B-roll cotton, rack focus

7, 9, n/a Rack focus shot of cotton blossoms in sunlight

 

.04 B-roll cotton blossom

6, 8, n/a B-roll of a cotton blossom

 

.05 B-roll pan cotton close-up

5, 8, n/a B-roll close-ups of cotton field, pan

 

.06 B-roll of zoom cotton close

6, 8, n/a B-roll zoom into cotton

 

.07 B-roll zoom into old shack

8, 8, n/a B-roll from cotton field into a rustic old shack

 

.08 B-roll cotton silhouette at sunset

7, 8, n/a B-roll of the silhouette of a cotton field at sunset

 

.09 B-roll swamp zoom

6, 8, n/a B-roll of a pretty swamp, zoom in

 

.10 B-roll swamp reflection

6, 8, n/a B-roll of a swamp, zoom out into a reflection

 

.11 B-roll tracking stream

7, 9, n/a B-roll of a tracking shot of a stream, long and well done

 

.12 B-roll cotton field in a hazy sunset

8, 10, n/a B-roll of a cotton fielding a hazy sunset

 

.13 B-roll church at sunset, pan

8, 10, n/a B-roll of a church at sunset, pan. Gorgeous light.

 

.14 B-roll Church zoom

7, 9, n/a B-roll of a church, slow zoom out

 

 

07.25.06.03

 

Top Cotton Field rap camera 2

 

.01 Pan into medium shot of Top rapping

10,10, n/a

 

07.26.06.01

.01 B-roll crossroads tilt

10, 7, n/a B-roll of the highway 49 and 61 Crossroads sign, tilt shot

 

.02 B-roll of the crossroads intersection

8, 8, n/a B-toll tilt shot of the crossroads sign

 

.03 B-roll crossroads, intersection to sign

8, 7, n/a B-roll of the crossroads, from the intersection to the sign

 

.04 B-roll Abe’s sign

9, 9, n/a B-roll of the Abe’s barbeque sign.

 

.05 B-roll Frog legs sign

7, 8, n/a B-roll of the frog legs, crawfish sign

 

.06 B-roll Blues museum old sign

8, 7, n/a B-roll of the old Delta Blues Museum sign

 

.07 B-roll Tennessee Williams

7, 6, n/a B-roll of the Tennessee Wiliams park sign

 

.08 B-roll founders’ homes

6, 7, n/a B-roll of the Clarksdale founders’ mansions

 

.09 B-roll new museum sign

6, 7, n/a B-roll of the new blues museum sign

 

.10 B-roll Delta Hardware

7, 8, n/a B-roll of Delta Hardware and ground zero with setting sun

 

.11 B-roll Ground zero side

6, 8, n/a B-rollof the side of Ground Zero

 

.12B-roll Lan-Lan’s customers

8, 7, n/a B-roll of two customers standing in front of Lan-Lan’s barbershop

 

.13 B-roll white sign

7, 7, n/a B-roll of a “white” sign peeling from a window

 

.14 B-roll wide interior barber shop

8, 8, n/a B-roll of a wide shot of a black barbershop

 

.15 B-roll Pan interior barbershop

8, 9, n/a Pan of the interior of Lan-Lan’s barbershop in Clarksdale with customers

 

.16 B-roll of a swiveling customer in a chair

9, 9 n/a Shots of a customer in a swivel chair at Lan-Lan’s barbershop

 

.17 B-roll of a shave at the barbershop

8, 9, n/a B-roll of a customer getting a shave at the barbershop

 

.18 B-roll pan of the Super Soul Shop sign

9, 9, n/a B-roll pan of the Super Soul shop sign

 

.19 B-roll pan of suits in the Soul Shop

8, 8, n/a B-roll pan of suits in the Super Soul Shop

 

.20 B-roll pan of shoes in the Soul Shop

9, 9, n/a B-roll pan of the shoes in the Super Soul Shop

 

.21 B-roll shirts in the Soul Shop

7, 8, n/a B-roll of shirts in the Super Soul shop

 

.22 B-roll Latest Craze

7, 7, n/a B-roll of the Latest Craze sign to a Blues T-shirts sign

 

.23 B-roll Hooker Lane

8, 8, n/a B-roll of the sign for John Lee Hooker Lane

 

.24 B-roll Delta Sunflower sign

8, 7, n/a B-roll of a rusty old Delta Sunflower sign

 

.25 B-roll WROX museum

7, 7, n/a B-roll WROX Museum

 

.26 B-roll Cathead sign

7, 8, n/a B-roll of the Cathead Delta Blues and Folk Art sign

 

.27 B-roll Greyhound tilt

8, 8, n/a 

 

.28 B-roll WC Handy sign

8, 7, n/a B-roll of the WC Handy sign

 

.29 B-roll Wade’s barbershop

8, 7, n/a B-roll of Wade Walton’s barber shop

 

07.29.06.01

 

.01B-roll Need Money Sign

9, 7, n/a/ Shot of a sign reading, “Need Money? Try working”on old Highway 61

 

.02 B-roll of colorful Frog Legs sign

9, 9, n/a B-roll of a colorful hand-painted frog legs sign in front of a meat shop

 

.03 B-roll of  a trestle reading “Clarksdale”

10, 9, n/a B-roll of a train trestle and tunnel reading “Clarksdale” in nice hand-painted letters

 

.04 B-roll of boys fighting at play

8, 8, n/a B-roll of young boys flipping and play fighting on the steps of the church

 

.05 B-roll of Clarksdale station sign

10, 10, n/a B-roll of a sign reading Clarksdale Station, New Orleans 200 miles, Memphis 77 miles

 

.06 B-roll still shot of a bumpin’ ride

9,8, n/a B-roll still of a beautiful blue car downtown

 

.07 B-roll of Jones Mart and a Bumpin’ ride

9, 8, n/a B-roll of a

 

.08 B-roll of Top Notch’s fancy outfit

8, 8, n/a Quick still life of Top Notch’s fancy outfit folded up with his shoes

 

.09 B-roll of Top Notch sleeping, zoom in

10, 7, n/a B-roll of Top Notch sleeping in his living room with his stuff piled around him

 

.10 B-roll of dominoes and clothes,

9, 7, n/a B-roll shot of dominoes and clothes in Top Notch’s house

 

.11 B-roll better clothes to dominoes shot

9, 8, n/a B-roll shot of dominoes and clothes in Top Notch’s house

 

.12 B-roll of Top Notch brushing his teeth

10, 8, n/a