VIDEO: “The Current” – Campana & Nia Ilyssa (dir. by Chris Volckmann)

Rapper Campana and vocalist Nia Ilyssa teamed up with director Chris Volckmann for “The Current,” an elegantly staged, narrative-driven visual allegory that traverses the linear path of aging, and the unbounded sense of loss and love which knows no such strictures.

This clip reminded me of “Never Catch Me,” the song and video by Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar. Both videos capture the beauty that ultimately arises in the dispassionate wake of the Black American experience. We’re lucky to have these artists around who illuminate it in such affecting detail.

“The Current” is from Campana and Nia’s recent EP, Spoke Fiction.


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206UP.COM’s The TrackMeet is a regular feature here on the blog that pits three relatively new or up-and-coming local hip-hop artists against each other in a battle-of-the-songs style competition. It’s easy to participate if you’re a reader: Just listen to the three featured tracks and then vote for your favorite in the online poll below. Voting lasts for one week. Each winning entrant will be featured on an upcoming TrackMeet Mixtape (the first edition of which you can download here). If you’re an artist looking to submit for an upcoming competition, click here for submission guidelines.

Here are this week’s contestants:

Minority Report

LANE 1: “How We Livin'” – Minority Report


LANE 2: “Roll of the Dice” – BioLogic


LANE 3: “Young and Restless” – Campana

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