City of God’s Son (COGS) is all-things: an epic, a musical, a soundscape, a movie for the blind, an art installation, and a coming of age story. Through its blend of multiple media and art genres, COGS explores new grounds for unconventional storytelling and ultimately gives rise to the world’s first “Beat Cinematic”.
Starring Nas, JayZ, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. It is a crime drama/coming of age tale of three fictitious characters growing up in a crime ridden city in a jungle. This project explores the icon of the gangster in modern media, and weaves musical history and gangster film history into an operatic music based story of brotherhood and survival.
The story explores the relationship between father and son and the struggle to define themselves in a world where their futures appear economically preordained. COGS riffs on the icon and myth of the gangster used generously throughout the history of hip-hop and American pop culture. The story embraces both the dichotomy of such societal reverence and media obsession with the moral quandary such a lifestyle calls into question. By using some of the genre’s most influential artists and manipulating them into characters that humanize and at times contradict their media persona, COGS aims to dissect concepts of machismo and push the envelope for using music as a more directly narrative medium. It also interweaves many classic crime film samples into the sound design and score of the piece, melding together the world of film with music into a new format of visceral soundscape. And in all of this there is the unique invention of self-proclamation; artists labeling themselves, touting beefs with other artists, and challenging the status quo.
Coming this Summer to NYC, this new form of Cinema, Theater, and Opera opens in an outside gallery space in NY's Chelsea art district. Yeah...this sounds like a good reason to get back up to Gotham City...
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