Published on October 3rd, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Exclusive: Ali Tomineek Premieres “Level Up” from “High Strung Free Dance” Via The Hype Magazine

Last week The Orchard released “Level Up,” the new single from Ali Tomineek — winner of BET’s Hot 16 contest in 2017 — from the upcoming movie High Strung Free Dance. In High Strung Free Dance, Tomineek appears alongside Thomas Doherty, Juliet Doherty, Harry Jarvis, Jane Seymour, Jorgen Makena and 80 of the worlds finest dancers, with jaw-dropping choreography by Tyce Diorio, who has worked with Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul, Ricky Martin and Taylor Swift.

The Hype Magazine is proud to premiere the music video for “Level Up.” As Ali Tomineek told The Hype about the video and the overall experience with his new movie, which opens on October 11, 2019:

“I’m really excited to finally release the official video for ‘Level Up.’ Working with Michael, Janeen, and all the talented dancers who made High Strung Free Dance possible was such a surreal experience. I know the world will love it. I fell into the entire High Strung mix back in 2017 when Janeen Damian had found one of my music videos online and said, ‘Wow, Ali HAS to be a part of this film.’

Continued Ali Tomaneek to The Hype:

Fast-forward and now Michael Damian is reaching out to me for a Skype audition to play the part of ‘Alex’ in High Strung Free Dance. That was crazy to me… Now that I’m in a movie, it’s possible to do anything. So far, I’ve charted number 1 on Billboard, I was the BET Cypher champion, I was recognized on the floor of the Arizona House Of Representatives for my community service and using my platform to give back. My rapping style was featured in the movie High Strung Free Dance, I also will be in the biggest competition show in Hip-Hop history called Rhythm + Flow, which releases on Netflix worldwide on October 9th.

Just right now as we speak, I got the notification that out of 8,000 entries, I won the national Doritos Spark The Beat competition, which has enabled me to collaborate with one of the biggest artists in hip-hop: Lil Baby. Not bad for no profanity, huh?”

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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