Sean Douglas

Sean Douglas

SoloHip HopPop

Sean Douglas is an LA-based band that offers a seamless hybrid of hip-hop,classical and pop music. Sean Douglas (the emcee) is an electrifying performer who spits intelligent and relevant lyrics wrapped up in radio-ready, hook-driven hits. Experience "a dive into brave new territory for hip-hop".

Biography

Sean Douglas: “A welcome visionary in these lackluster times”

Hip-hop is not a genre known for its experimentation, but that is changing with the trailblazing efforts of Sean Douglas. His music is a seamless hybrid of classical, rock and hip-hop whose artistic iconoclasm is balanced with its surprisingly radio-friendly commercial structures. Add to that phenomenal vocal work from a variety of guest performers, and the listener is left to soak up a sonically rich and musically enlightening dive into brave new territory for hip-hop. Accessible? Yes. Safe and tried-and-true? Anything but.

Sean Douglas and his producer Marko Jankovic are behind every element in The Sean Douglas project. The backbone of the music is rooted in the Yamaha motif, which provides much of the sounds that form the textures of their songwriting, from live instrumentation to production and mixing. It’s a vital tool in their combination of stringed instruments and hip-hop drum loops.

The Sean Douglas Project is a solo effort, with Douglas the centerpiece of a dramatic, high-powered yet commercial hip-hop sound. Layer after layer of textured grooves, including live guitars, bass and keyboards complete the picture.

Douglas comes by his artistic forward-thinking naturally. His father was Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart. The Los Angeles native was reared in his hometown City of Angels. College took him from the University of California at Santa Cruz to The New School University in New York City.

There, Douglas honed his craft, expanding and maturing his performance style and lyrical composition, not only through his education but also through participation in poetry slams and collaborations with local emcees and poets. He found instant acceptance in this creative scene and went on to earn a reputation at a variety of prestigious venues, including The National Black Theater in Harlem.

Following his college years, Douglas returned to LA, where his number one priority became the writing and recording of his first demo. Several songs – and producers – down the line, he felt he had finally refined and defined his sound as “integrity-filled hip hop.” But, while his musical growth was self-evident, he’d yet to hook up with the right producer.

Serendipity stepped in and Douglas met Jankovic, the man who went on to be instrumental in the creation of Douglas’ signature production style. Together, this formidable hip-hop duo founded three musical projects, including the aforementioned Sean Douglas Project and Opus 7, which allowed him to explore hip-hop/R&B and even rap-rock. The duo has played some of LA’s most important stages, including The Viper Room, The Troubadour, The Roxy, House of Blues, The Key Club and The Knitting Factory.

Douglas’ music is featured in the upcoming film “Doorman,” slated for a 2009 release. He also appeared in the film. Douglas is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Awards and was tapped to participate in the prestigious ASCAP Lester Sill songwriting workshop in LA.

Douglas has seen his music used in television commercials, including McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” and a “Transformers” spot. He was also selected for a popular video podcast called “Freestyle 101” produced by the G4 network.

His latest release is the “Seize the Day” EP and it’s another step in his effort to help push the direction of the hip-hop genre away from negative, “thuggish” styles. “Where I’m coming from is this: I’m not from the hood, I’m not from the streets. I grew up in a supportive environment with parents who loved me. I’m an intelligent, well-adjusted person.” Inner struggles are the focus of his music.

He has been called “one of the most uniquely talented newcomers to the scene” by platinum-selling songwriter Robin Lerner, who said that “his sweeping urban landscapes and visceral use of language infuse his music with urgency and spin.”

He is currently working with A&R Select, the premier A&R firm based out of Los Angeles, CA.

Visit www.seandouglasmusic.com, www.myspace.com/seandouglas1 and www.arselect.com.

Lyrics

Seize The Day

Written By: Sean Douglas / Marko Jankovic

Its been a long time and the clock keeps ticking
Seen a lot of signs till I lost my vision
In a world where the few get to live like gods
And the rest get the scraps so they fight like dogs
I was just another wanna be / try’n to be large
Another victim of the system in a menial job
another person who would say I’m a make it one day
Wake up at 30 only facin that I’m wasting away
My futures gone aint bright / I’m alone in the night
Inside a room like a tomb / where I’m holding the mic
The last chance that I get to explain what I meant
The final moment of an opus that had never commenced
I hear the voices of the haters as they circle around
I see my own inner critic as he purses a frown
They speak in unison, sayin ‘it’s time to give up”
You fought a good fight still I guess it wasn’t enough

Keep on reaching for the rising sun (I gotta keep reaching)
Don’t give up you know your time will come (I’m almost there)
Don’t listen to what the others say (I never will)
Just believe in self and seize the day (it’s my time)

People saying no and the doors keep closing
Nothing I can do but accept whats spoken
In a mind that would dream of infinite greatness
Now it finds it believes in it’s limitations
I was just another artist working passionately
Another poet who was hopin that he’d be rapping for gree
Another visionary living on a nickel and dime
Arrive a man without a plan in only a smidgeon of time
My girls pissed says quit, get a job that’s legit
Stop livin in a fantasy-land I plan to have kids
I’ m like baby just believe in me, I’ll make it one
But she had turned the other way and slammed the door in my face
I’m looking in the mirror now with my eyes wide open
Fire still inside but my pride feels broken
I’m hoping that the answer comes fast at last
I squint my eyes and realize I see a mask unlatch

Keep on reaching for the rising sun (I gotta keep reaching)
Don’t give up you know your time will come (I’m almost there)
Don’t listen to what the others say (I never will)
Just believe in self and seize the day(gotta be my time)

How many days will I have to wait
How many nights will I stand and pace
How many times do I have to fall
How far to go before I climb this wall

I know I can if I let myself
I know I can if I trust myself
I know I can if I see myself
I know I can if I be myself

Time after time I’m one step behind
I’m a climb the incline defy whats denied
I’m a fight for my life despite what resides
In a side of my my mind that won’t let me rise
I’m a show who I am, I’m no superman
But I know that I can expand, become anything
You wanna test me, you wanna see me take control?
You better buckle your seatbelt because I’m ready to roll.

Keep on reaching for the rising sun (never stop reaching)
Don’t give up you know your time will come (your time will come
Don’t listen to what the others say (never listen)
Just believe in self and seize the day (believe believe)

Time after time I’m one step behind
I’m a climb the incline defy whats denied
I’m af ight for my life despite what resides
In a side of my my mind that won’t let me rise
I’m a show who I am, I’m no superman
But I know that I can expand, become anything
You wanna test me, you wanna see me take control?
You better buckle your seatbelt because a I’m ready to roll.

The Future (Fook Fook)

Written By: Sean Douglas / Marko Jankovic

The Future

I’m sick of watching this shit take place – in LA
Where the least talented get their cake – and eat it too
Who are you?
Just a nameless fool, an un-famous dude who’s ‘bout to change the rules
My name is Sean, and no I’m not Rod Stewart’s son
I’ve got more talent than that dumb dumb in my thumb
And no it wouldn’t take a genius to see that
Cause when I make it famous I ain’t hangin in rehab
I’d rather get a sweet pad over sees and
Stay away from Hollywood as long as my feet can
Cause this place is just a bubble gum machine man
A bad dream that keeps on repeatin’

Fook Fook

I don’t mean to boast but I’ve seen it all
From the richest of the rich to the hottest of the hos
I’ve been around the block many times before
So you know it piss’s me off when these jokers to to gloat
They cruise the scene posin with their cheesy clothes
Gotta hip em that the real world is not a tv show
Your entourage is a bunch of slobs
You’re just a copy cat with you dodger hat and you diamond watch
Lindsey Lo’s doin blow in the bathroom
Paris Hilton’s out of prison drinkin’ mad booze
Leonardo’s with a model in the last booth
I’m watchin ‘em like paparazzi, laughin’ at the sad truth

Fook Fook

Ok, you wanna know why I’m so pissed?
Cause everything is so hollow in this whole place
There’s nothing real any more, it’ its all shit
just another wanna be, tryina be flossy
I grew up in titty town and I’ve been around
I could have been a clown but I stood within the ground
And so I’m different now, I’m an individual
A free thinker not a kid following the crowd
You’ve got money but don’t know what to spend it on
Buy some E, buy some Yay, buy some Heroine
Hit the scene, everybody knows your name
But you never did shit, just a hooker to the fame, what a shame
A joke to your whole generation
A Federline with a better rhyme syncopation
A star fucker in a Van Dutch trucker hat
Tryin’ to find a guy to buy a drink for you stuck up ass

Fook Fook

Opus 7

Written By: Sean Douglas/ Marko Jankovic

It’s been a long time, it been a strange ride
I’ve seen it all from the sunshine to grey skies
And now I’ve learned from everything that I’ve been through
That without you standing at my side, I would never have survived.
And that’s the bottom line, that’s why I do believe,
You are the reason I’m the person that I grew to be
And as I face this journey that my life presents, I return to what you always said, “Remember that you’re gonna win”.
You were my best friend/ the one I trusted
The one that taught me about everything that love is…
And you were there for me, when I was losing ground
I will always hold you close to me / that’s how it’s supposed to be.
But things have changed now / it’s not the same town
I walk these streets alone, a victim of the game now
And every day I wonder how you are, wonder if you’re followin’ your heart.

And I know these days are gone now
And I walk these streets alone now,
and every corner holds a memory
In every step that I take, I choose my own destiny
And I know that child is grown now
A young man has found his home now
Until the day that you and I meet again,
I’ll hold you in my heart,
The story never ends.

I look back on the days of you and I: the hoods, the fights, the clear blue sky,
Thinking, ‘why doesn’t God just take me away,
so I can live a better life, yo see a better way?’
But hey, that’s the way it goes sometimes, so I compose these rhymes
and I suppose these lines will redefine and shine blind light on the beginin’
and of all the crazy memories that had my mind spinnin’.
But then in the end, it’s about where you’ve been / So I give a shout out to all my kin/
all my friends who rose and fell in the struggle,
this is our life y’all/ uh huh / seen through a bubble.
I know the trouble ain’t subtle, you wanna get up and crumble
You’ve got to couple that hustle / with resilience, the end-product is brilliance
maybe even millions...
Lets do this shit for the love of the children…

And I know these days are gone now
And I walk these streets alone now,
and every corner holds a memory
In every step that I take, I choose my own destiny
And I know that child is grown now
A young man has found his home now
Until the day that you and I meet again,
I’ll hold you in my heart,
The story never ends.

Now I’m back to the block man. Back to these streets
Back to the beginning where our crossroads meet
Back to the first time I saw you eyes and I thought I would know you afor all my life
I see your face in the sands of time
The bodegas the bingos the Broadway shine
The school yard, the beaches, the Hollywood sign
The pix that we took that defined our prime
Love for my peeps can’t just be a word
And every chance that I get I big up 143rd
hear the shouts to my fam that’s all across the earth
and the love that we shared could never be reversed
you me the crew and how we represented
I vow to live life yo, just how we meant it
To every soul that supported my load
You remain in my heart, I will never let go

And I know these days are gone now
And I walk these streets alone now,
and every corner holds a memory
In every step that I take, I choose my own destiny
And I know that child is grown now
A young man has found his home now
Until the day that you and I meet again,
I’ll hold you in my heart,
The story never ends.

without You

Written By: Sean Douglas/ Marko Jankovic

You and I

They say opposites attract
it’s a fact-we never matched
but we had that – magnetism
Our visions always attached
To the same core the same thought /
to the same laws and the same God
in 97 when we 1st met, it was kismet (10 years in this mess)
Conversations would lead to a dream
You and I we would link as team
We was gonna go far, we was gonna be stars,
we was gonna be the next big thing
It was us vs. the world in those times
sent from the skies to awaken the blind
the fact you was black I was white was a sign
meant to arrive to align the divide

You and I
It was always us
It was always trust
it was always love
Wherever we would go
You and I
We had come so far
we had worked so hard
we was gon’ be stars
Whatever we would do
You and I

You took me to Harlem I froze
As we strolled 5th ave in the snow
On the way to you moms pad graba dime bag
They all thought I was 5-0
But you acted as my bro
You were there fort me, I know
Didn’t get what it meant at the time though
How the trust we was building was vital
The wave that we rode so fragile
How the dream could be broken so fast now
College ended I had to make ends and I left town
Going home the only way I knew how
I was there with a smile:
Sayin: “Whats up man? It’s sure been a while” an...
You stared at me, like you hated me
I waited for your words an eternity
You turn to me with this energy simmering underneath everything
And you say: “Maybe we shouldn’t be friends
‘cause the way that you left last time man really devastated me”
I heard what you said and I felt bad
Was I really that self absorbed and
Careless to tear this good thing apart- no I never really mean that.

You and I
It was always us
It was always love
it was always trust
Wherever we would go
You and I
We had come so far
we had worked so hard
we was gon’ be stars
Whatever we would do
You and I
You would turn on me
I would turn on you
We could not see through
Wherever we would go
You and I
It was always us
it was always love
it was always trust
Whatever we would do
You and I

You and I we were great as a concept
But reality – a little more complex
We would bump heads in the first months and for me
I saw a side that really turned me off kid
Here it is now a chance to express
All the thoughts in my mind get this shit off my chest
Ten years we’ve been friends, thats a serious thing
I commend both of us for the time we put in
But Fact is-
The dream is behind us
Good or bad what I see is that times up
We no longer can speak of the hope that we’ll one day allign arrive
We have tried that it’s nonsense!
Through it all I won’t say I was perfect
I was dumb I was young I was selfish
But I never judged you like you judged me
You did shit but I practiced forgiveness
It was like it was always my fault kid:
I could not clean the slate, I could not win
Even when we was cool I was cautious
Any moment the monster could pop in
We are not gonna reach those heights we
We are not gonna see that light
We are not meant to be
That’s a truth I can say honestly and I finally believe I can give up the fight
So I will go on and I’ll break these walls
And I’ll tear em down till you hear the sound
And I’ll walk the walk and I’ll break this lock
And I’ll get to the finish line – find peace of mind
Sitting on my throne, sitting all alone
Wonder where you’ve gone – did you find you home?
Now I see the light and it shines so bright and I say goodbye to…
You and I
You and I

You and I

Written By: Sean Douglas/ Marko Jankovic

You and I

They say opposites attract
it’s a fact-we never matched
but we had that – magnetism
Our visions always attached
To the same core the same thought /
to the same laws and the same God
in 97 when we 1st met, it was kismet (10 years in this mess)
Conversations would lead to a dream
You and I we would link as team
We was gonna go far, we was gonna be stars,
we was gonna be the next big thing
It was us vs. the world in those times
sent from the skies to awaken the blind
the fact you was black I was white was a sign
meant to arrive to align the divide

You and I
It was always us
It was always trust
it was always love
Wherever we would go
You and I
We had come so far
we had worked so hard
we was gon’ be stars
Whatever we would do
You and I

You took me to Harlem I froze
As we strolled 5th ave in the snow
On the way to you moms pad graba dime bag
They all thought I was 5-0
But you acted as my bro
You were there fort me, I know
Didn’t get what it meant at the time though
How the trust we was building was vital
The wave that we rode so fragile
How the dream could be broken so fast now
College ended I had to make ends and I left town
Going home the only way I knew how
I was there with a smile:
Sayin: “Whats up man? It’s sure been a while” an...
You stared at me, like you hated me
I waited for your words an eternity
You turn to me with this energy simmering underneath everything
And you say: “Maybe we shouldn’t be friends
‘cause the way that you left last time man really devastated me”
I heard what you said and I felt bad
Was I really that self absorbed and
Careless to tear this good thing apart- no I never really mean that.

You and I
It was always us
It was always love
it was always trust
Wherever we would go
You and I
We had come so far
we had worked so hard
we was gon’ be stars
Whatever we would do
You and I
You would turn on me
I would turn on you
We could not see through
Wherever we would go
You and I
It was always us
it was always love
it was always trust
Whatever we would do
You and I

You and I we were great as a concept
But reality – a little more complex
We would bump heads in the first months and for me
I saw a side that really turned me off kid
Here it is now a chance to express
All the thoughts in my mind get this shit off my chest
Ten years we’ve been friends, thats a serious thing
I commend both of us for the time we put in
But Fact is-
The dream is behind us
Good or bad what I see is that times up
We no longer can speak of the hope that we’ll one day allign arrive
We have tried that it’s nonsense!
Through it all I won’t say I was perfect
I was dumb I was young I was selfish
But I never judged you like you judged me
You did shit but I practiced forgiveness
It was like it was always my fault kid:
I could not clean the slate, I could not win
Even when we was cool I was cautious
Any moment the monster could pop in
We are not gonna reach those heights we
We are not gonna see that light
We are not meant to be
That’s a truth I can say honestly and I finally believe I can give up the fight
So I will go on and I’ll break these walls
And I’ll tear em down till you hear the sound
And I’ll walk the walk and I’ll break this lock
And I’ll get to the finish line – find peace of mind
Sitting on my throne, sitting all alone
Wonder where you’ve gone – did you find you home?
Now I see the light and it shines so bright and I say goodbye to…
You and I
You and I

Discography

2005 Losing Ground : Hot Commodity
2006 Opus 7 : Opus 7
2008 Sean Douglas : Seize The Day

The songs 'In The City' and The Future (fook fook) were both placed in a feature film called "Doorman" scheduled for a 2009 release

Set List

Set List:
Seize The Day
Sweet Tradgedy
Opus 7
How High?
Laugh
Icicle cold
You and I
Without You
The Future (Fook Fook)