From its inception, Shyan Selah's "Concrete City" has captured the imagination of Hollywood with its driving, high-energy beat and vivid lyrics delivered with Shyan's trademark swagger. Written by Shyan and produced by DJ Rocdusa and Joe Dancsak, the track was originally picked up and licensed for a segment in the ground-breaking "One Love Volume 2: True Ballin'" DVD featuring star athletes LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Dwayne Wade and more. The song was also included on Shyan Selah's 2008 album titled Brave New World distributed by KOCH, now eOne Entertainment. Most recently it was chosen for a pivotal scene in the film Camp X-Ray, a Sundance Film Festival Official Selection starring Kristen Stewart.
The placement was facilitated by Brave New World publishing partner, Mother West.
"When asked to submit hip-hop songs to be considered for Camp X-Ray, Shyan was the 'go-to' in our catalog and it fit right in," says Charles Newman, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based multi-service music company.
"It's always a blessing when your music gets licensed for film or TV," says Shyan. "This particular song has gotten picked up on a couple different occasions and in my opinion it's a timeless hip hop cut. As an artist that's professionally active in multiple genres, hip-hop will always represent a critical side of my artistic character. The story telling, the rhymes, the beats, the attitude all represent a culture of perseverance. I know many people don't associate hip-hop with Americana, but my style of it is very much that. Much love to our licensing partner MotherWest. Charles and his crew have been great. And of course I want to send love to the entire team that produced Camp X-Ray. It's an edgy, gritty, cool film. Go watch the movie."
Camp X-Ray is currently airing on Showtime and streaming on Amazon & Hulu.
About Camp X-Ray:
A young woman (Kristen Stewart) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. It's a story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both. From IFC Films.