TSUNAMI- Would you smoke this? (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

An artist depicts an analogy in which some may not take the same "walk" as him. He continues to touch on the side of making bad decisions throughout relationships, and making those decisions consciously and with good company.

  • Stephen Samuel Smith
  • Robbie Long
  • Stephen Samuel Smith
  • Brandon Rook
  • Stephen Samuel Smith
  • Shirmina Smith
    Key Cast
  • Sana
    Key Cast
  • Tabrice Burns
    Key Cast
  • Stephen Samuel Smith
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Student, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    drama, romance, musical
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 24, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Mirrorless, 50mm, 80mm,
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Stephen Samuel Smith

Stephen Smith-Wooten, better known by his stage name Tsunami, is a young artist from West Philadelphia who began his musical journey in church as a Christian rapper in a duo by the name of "Six-Twenty". His name arose from friends and family who remarked that his flow changes just as much as his hairstyle. Growing up in a household with no shortage of quartet, jazz, and gospel, Tsunami was also heavily influenced by mainstream pillars such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, and gritty storytellers like Nas and Raekwon, this helped him begin his migration from the congregation into a more self-conscious and secular lane to speak more freely throughout his music about his life and mental battles.
In tracks such as “DEKU” and “Offend,” Tsunami opens up about past mistakes, relationships and not living up to his mother’s christian upbringing. In light of his vulnerability, he pushes to show the audience his versatility while incorporating the essence of jazz, street hip hop, and raw freeform concepts to his music.

In recent performances, Tsunami has ranged from working with out of the city acts such as Derby Club Dining Cart, producer Matthew Big Cheese Colgan and local artists such as Yugi HVRLM Sharrock and Vince Anthony on numerous collaborative and solo projects such as “Everybody Got Friends” and “YAE”.

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Director Statement

I started to write songs to perform at church until I was introduced to this recording studio in South Philly. As I put some projects together for a couple of local artists I met in my neighborhood and church, I couldn't help but notice how caged in I was in terms of expression through my music. When I started writing about my own truth, it was pretty nerve racking because I couldn't help but think about how some of my peers might see me. I was always the quiet kid in the group, and I never really talked much; I’m pretty much the same kid to this day honestly.I want my music to feel like those old chewing five gum commercials from back in the day. When people hear me I want them to feel what I was going through or trying to say in a situation that inspired me. I like to make music for the kids going through things they don’t really know how to speak about, or maybe they don't know who to speak to. Growing up I loved to listen to jazz and artists like Rakim, James Brown, and Chuck Berry because they always bought pure energy to the table and that helped me learn how to survive. I strive for that because everything is input/output with me; you reap what you sow.

My artwork surrounds areas such as the unspoken and vital codes that the average young black child might have to go through in life. From the heartbreaks of misunderstanding to the trials of being broke while trying to put yourself through college. In my performances I like to make an effort to showcase knowledge of self to the viewers and how essential confidence and faith can be to your well-being and daily outlook on life. My mission is to create vivid and worthwhile experiences through my sound and to lay down a path for other young artists like me to do the same for future generations. We can all learn from each other through love and originality, I plan to exploit that.