If you've never heard of Socalled, you're missing a unique and weird talent whose music blends klezmer, hip-hop, funk and other elements in a fusion like you've never heard before. And now he's the subject of a new documentary, which will be released Tuesday on YouTube and screened at a special event at the SXSW festival (Maggie Mae's, 323 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX on Tuesday, March 16, 9pm- 1am, with a Socalled live performance @ 10PM). You can also view the trailer below, and you can rent from YouTube for $.99.
Klezmer-hip hop maestro Socalled is a musician, producer, composer, arranger, magician, filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Montreal. Born in Ottawa and raised just north of there, in Chelsea, Quebec, he grew up taking piano lessons and loving funk and hip hop. When Socalled first heard klezmer music on an old Yiddish record, he was fascinated by the cool sounds he could sample to make hip hop beats. Then he realized that integrating this Jewish music from the 1930s into his songs was a way of representing himself and his cultural heritage. It enabled him bring something of his own to funk and hip hop, giving him what he calls "a real reason to make music." (from his bio)