Authors/Film & TV Independent - A Hiphopumentary by Grxwn Fxlks, Masai Turner

Published on April 2nd, 2024 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Independent: A Hiphopumentary by Grxwn Fxlks, Masai Turner

In a revealing documentary set to premiere this April, Pittsburgh’s Hip Hop virtuosos Masai Turner and Akil Esoon invite audiences into the heart of their artistic expedition. The film chronicles their journey to craft the acclaimed album “Volume 1: Independent,” a project that, since its 2022 release, has resonated deeply within the realms of music aficionados and critics alike. Collaborating with a GRAMMY Award-winning team, Turner and Esoon embarked on a nationwide odyssey, visiting some of the country’s premier recording studios to piece together their magnum opus. This documentary promises an unguarded, “fly on the wall” experience, granting viewers front-row seats to the duo’s creative process, challenges, and breakthrough moments.

Premiers April 7th at the Warhol Theater

April’s documentary titled “Independent: A Hiphopumentary” is not just a retrospective on the making of “Volume 1: Independent”; it’s a vivid portrayal of Turner and Esoon’s relentless pursuit of authenticity and innovation in an industry that often prioritizes commercial success over artistic integrity. Through candid moments and heart-to-heart discussions captured on film, the documentary aims to inspire viewers with insights into the duo’s dedication to their craft, their partnership, and their unique path in the hip hop genre.

In the lead-up to this highly anticipated film, March 2024 saw Grxwn Fxlks stirring the music scene once more with the release of their latest single, “Sojourn.” This track serves as both a reflection on their journey since their last album and a forward-looking exploration of their musical evolution. “Sojourn” encapsulates the essence of Grxwn Fxlks’ sound — introspective, bold, and unapologetically original. The release of this song not only quenches the thirst of fans eager for new material but also sets the stage for the documentary’s deeper dive into the artists’ creative world.

This upcoming documentary, coupled with the release of “Sojourn,” highlights a pivotal moment for Masai Turner and Akil Esoon. It’s a period of looking back and forging ahead, of celebrating past achievements while pushing the boundaries of their artistry further. For enthusiasts of hip hop and storytelling, April promises a compelling, intimate look into the minds and hearts of two of Pittsburgh’s most influential artists, offering inspiration and insight into the pursuit of a vision that’s truly independent.

As fans await the release of the documentary and digest the rich narratives within “Sojourn,” the buzz around Turner’s new material and his plans for community engagement adds an exciting layer to his unfolding story. This period signifies a pivotal time for Masai Turner, where his past achievements and future ambitions converge, promising a vibrant and impactful continuation of his journey in music and beyond.

Blending the rich narratives of his past work with the fresh vibes of his new material the spoken word performance was well appreciated by the prestigious crowd. We are definitely keeping an eye on this underground superhero, who seems like is going to have a 2024 to remember.

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