DJ Skee recently talked to MTV News about the upcoming three-part documentary series about Somailian superstar K’Naan that he is producing. Titled Up Close, the films focus on the up-and-coming emcee’s rise to fame and struggle to establish his place in the Hip Hop community

“It was interesting ’cause I was able to see what he did overseas and internationally,” Skee said. “He did the World Cup theme song, a #1 record in 22 countries, having Coke invest $200 million into his campaign and single.” (

He added, “He was a dope talent. I heard the music, but I wanted to see what he was about. I checked out a show and didn’t really know what to expect. I thought some fans, a mixed group of people, maybe. I went and there was all young cats, and they knew every word to every song. There was even a point where they played the intro to ‘Wavin’ Flag’ and he just held his microphone out for 10 minutes and held them captive – he didn’t even say a word.” (

Up Close, which is directed by Michael Busalacch and famed music video director Matt Alonzo, finds Skee and company followed K’Naan on a three-day tour through Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. Skee says that hopes the three films will provide fans with a unique look into his life.

“People are so finicky, they think he’s only cool ’cause he has that story,” Skee said. “People don’t attach to the music. They say, ‘Dope story,’ but don’t give it a chance. I wanted to show a different side. That story had been told, even if he has the most boring story, which he doesn’t. His music is so compelling and what he’s doing is, too, so I want to show that side and that new side and open people’s eyes to get that respect he deserves over here.” (

Fans can watch the first episode on Skee.TV this Thursday.