Jay-Z pays homage to Jamaica and its ties to hip hop in “Bam,’ a new music-driven film directed by Iconoclast’s Rohan Blair-Mangot and film edited by Cut+Run’s Sam Ostrove. Accompanying Damian Marley, Jay-Z explores the neighborhood known as the birthplace of late reggae legend Bob Marley. Around them, people take refuge from the waning heat at Sunset, kids play soccer in the yard, music pulses in dance halls and worn courtyards. These captivating scenes are intercut with studio performances by Jay, Marley and Sister Nancy – three icons of music who connect to the very essence of place, streets from which music cultures formed and flourished. The title of the short doc music video, “Bam,” is a nod to Sister Nancy’s popular song “Bam Bam,” which is sampled and discussed in the film.
“Bam” debuted on Tidal as part of Jay-Z’s new project 4:44, the artist’s 13th solo album which includes a series of music videos and short films.