In 1991, A Tribe Called Quest released ‘The Low End Theory.’ Though the RIAA certified platinum album boasted standout records like “Jazz (We’ve Got)”, and “Scenario,” it was the project’s anti-label lead single “Check The Rhime” that took the LP to the next level by flagrantly calling out music executives for their unethical business practices. Unfortunately, 25 years later “record company people are still shady” and don’t show any signs of turning over a new leaf.

Looking to showcase the harsh realities of the music and entertainment industry in a creative yet captivating way, Baltimore resident DJ Tony Drake is creating a 2D animated series appropriately titled “The Indies.” The pilot episode, produced as a short, will give viewers a glimpse of what they can expect from the Anime & Hip-Hop infused cartoon ahead of its television debut, while proving to Hollywood it can be a major player alongside popular shows of the same caliber. An original Hip-Hop score, recorded at Grammy award winning House Studios DC, will accompany the short as well as all of the forthcoming episodes in the series, fueling each action sequence and setting the mood.

Watch below.

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