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The Bullitts Merges Country to Hip-Hop in 'They Die By Dawn' - Song Premiere

Solo artist Jeymes Samuel's new single features Lucy Liu, Yasiin Bey

March 22, 2013 9:00 AM ET
The Bullitts
The Bullitts
Courtesy of Kilburn Lane Music

Multitasker Jeymes Samuel is making a name for himself as a musician, filmmaker, writer and producer. Operating under the moniker the Bullitts, Samuel recently released a short film, They Die By Dawn, with a star-filled cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, Isaiah Washington, Jesse Williams and Rosario Dawson. The gun-slinging, black cowboy western is accompanied by a new album, They Die By Dawn and Other Short Stories, which is set for release on June 4th through Kilburn Lane Music.

Now you can get an exclusive first listen to the single that was one of the main inspirations for the film. The title track is a mix of hip-hop and distinctly western-style guitar, with a beat that feels like a galloping horse, and features Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Jay Electronica and Lucy Liu (as a narrator).

"'They Die By Dawn' is the definitive sound of the Bullitts," Jeymes tells Rolling Stone. "It's the epitome of what I call 'creating from the hip.'" 

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