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Kamasi Washington debuts short film, Get Lit

19 June 2024, 15:43 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Kamasi Washington and artist and director Jenn Nkiru have debuted the short film, Get Lit, starring legendary musician Saul Williams.

The short film stars longtime band member Patrice Quinn and Washington himself, with appearances from funk icon George Clinton, Inglewood rapper D Smoke, Willow Smith, Raphael Saadiq, Robert Glasper and a number of others.

Get Lit was shot in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Leimert Park where Washington developed his roots as a jazz musician. Washington and Nkiru previously collaborated on As Told To G/D Thyself, a short film companion to Washington’s 2018 album Heaven and Earth that debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to widespread acclaim and features parts of the Nkiru-directed videos for album tracks “Fists of Fury” and “Hub-Tones.”

The track “Get Lit,” featuring George Clinton and D Smoke, is taken from Washington’s new album Fearless Movement, which features singles “Prologue”, "The Garden Path" and “Dream State” with André 3000. Other collaborators include Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Taj and Ras Austin of Coast Contra, Brandon Coleman, DJ Battlecat, Washington’s daughter Akili and more.

Get Lit is out now.

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