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Meet Whest Cornell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Whest Cornell.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Started with a shity camcorder in 2003 filming my homies on the block while they skated. Learned how to edit on a compaq computer and then it started. High school, I was the ultimate hip hop head and that’s all I ever thought about and dreamed about. Started making music in high school with my best-friend Mike (aka Mikeo) and that love carried me to do so much. Met Joe Kay of Soulection in college, we both bonded over our love of J. Dilla and he noticed I had a camera on me so I started filming him and the radio show, which turned into me capturing content for Soulection over the next seven years.

As of the last three years, I have been able to collaborate with some of my favorite brands and highly looked up to artists and it has been a blessing. But as of this year, I have solely focused on releasing my solo projects alongside with the production company I am a part of (LakewoodMall).

Short film out now, mixtape out now, film festival on the way and the album is gearing for a spring release 2021

Has it been a smooth road?
Of course, it hasn’t been smooth. Every artist can attest to struggle, it’s what invigorates us and drives us.

Depression is real, anxiety is very real and losing loved ones along the way is real.

Not knowing when the next check is coming, living situations and horrible partnerships can take its toll; and I went through that and more.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
The best way I can describe myself is as a Renaissance Man. I’m a director, musician, editor, photographer and content producer. This year I have directed a short film, made a mixtape, edited and produced a magazine and been able to photograph some of the most promising people in culture.

I’m mostly proud of LakewoodMall which is comprised by Goldby7 (director), Leota (Artist, and myself. We are setting a standard and a precedent for visuals and musicianship coming from Long Beach. We really are starting a new wave and I’m confident we will be in the feature film/record label conversations sooner than later.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
More independent.

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