Video: Nissim – “Live For Now” Ft. Bonhom

Latest Video From Nissim, Formerly Known As D. Black, Debuted By Potholes In My Blog


The Video:

Seattle rapper Nissim, whom you may have known as D. Black before he converted to Orthodox Judaism and changed his name, is preparing for the release of his upcoming self-titled album with the premiere of his video for “Live For Now.” The track, featuring dream pop duo Bonhom, emcompasses ethereal vocal pulses against tick tocky strings while Nissim raps about showing that you have the power to live a better life.¬†As D. Black, the rapper gained recognition rapping about¬†street life but recently made the decision to abandon that way of life to follow a life of faith.

For the video, Nissim was inspired by real life. Says Nissim, “I aimed to capture pressing situations that youth can relate to that may cause them to feel that there is no way out of street life.” The rapper thought up most of the video treatment himself, and says the locations used for shooting tie it into the track because they “remind us that our teens are troubled everyday in our schools, neighborhoods and cities. All it takes is for us to open our eyes and see situations like these.”¬†The self-titled album is the first from the rapper since his name change and will be released on¬†September 17th.

Watch the video here:

Check out the premiere on Potholes In My Blog:


Please contact Michelle or Dan if interested in talking with Nissim.

Nissim Background:

Nissim¬†is a Seattle based recording artist/producer, who made his first impression nationally in 2008 as¬†D.Black, on producer¬†Jake One’s¬†label,¬†White Van Music, with the song¬†“God Like”. While his earlier recordings were filled with tales of guns, drugs and violence, it was in 2009, with the release of¬†Ali’ Yah¬†that he quickly grabbed eardrums. The album was showered with accolades, landing the #12 spot on¬†Amazon’s “Outstanding Album’s You Might Have Missed”¬†list. It entered the¬†CMJ Hip Hop Charts¬†at #16, peaked at #4 for five weeks, and remained in the top 20 for nine weeks. The album’s first music video¬†“Yesterday”¬†entered rotation on multiple¬†MTV¬†networks. He performed at some of the countries most esteemed music festivals including;¬†CMJ, SXSW, Capitol Hill Block Party,¬†and¬†Bumbershoot¬†and shared the stage with¬†NaS, Mos Def, Macklemore, Freeway, Rhymefest, Boot Camp Click¬†and¬†Bun B¬†to name a few. As D.Black he teetered on the verge of becoming a household name in the underground, but something was missing, and the man who would become Nissim, found himself in the midst of a spiritual crisis. After a two-year hiatus and converting to Orthodox Judaism, Nissim dropped his former moniker and adopted a new name. He began a new journey, and in his own words aimed “to make music that inspires and elevates this world, to the world of spirituality and divine purpose.” Not your average MC, Nissim’s work is multidimensional, combining energy and passion, with a deep focus on personal growth through times of struggle.

official site | twitter | facebook | youtube | soundcloud

“Live For Now”:¬†