Although they've been around for a few years now, photo/video trio Motion Family has enjoyed a breakout year in 2014. From being the up-to-the-minute source upon Lil Boosie's release from prison to working on the visuals for YG and ScHoolboy Q's latest albums, the video crew shot to the forefront of the hip-hop visual realm in the past year.

Motion Family—aka David Ka, Sebastian Urrea and Diwang Valdez—burst onto the scene in early 2008 and has been climbing the ranks ever since. Responsible for the videos behind campaigns like Trinidad Jame$' "All Gold Everything" and YG's "My Hitta," it seems that this is only the beginning to what the moving clan has in store. And with upcoming projects with Boosie, Jeezy and Kelly Rowland, among others, in the works, XXL spoke to Motion Family about building their brand, their big break with Young Joc and their relationship with Lil Boosie. —Miranda J

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XXL: How did you guys start up Motion Family?
David Ka: Sebastian [Urrea] and I started Motion Family in college in 2005 at Savannah College of Art & Design. We just kinda had an idea to do photography, video, and design interactive with some of our college friends. Then I linked up with Diwang [Valdez] here in Atlanta at Grand Hustle where I was designing a magazine called Dapper for T.I. There was only, like, one issue. Then we all came together in 2008 and started focusing on videos with Diwang’s photography.

What was your first big gig?
DK: Our first major project was a Young Joc video featuring Gucci Mane and Yung Ralph, “Posted At The Store.” That was in 2008.


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XXL: What would you say are some of the more fun projects you’ve worked on?
DK: Definitely working on the Lil Boosie “Last Days” project and some videos [with Lil Boosie] before. That just came about randomly, so that connection was kinda cool. It's been an interesting kind of ride. Also Jackie Chan, he took us to Alabama and just showed out; that was a lot of fun.

Sebastian Urrea: I guess working with Boosie before he went to jail, and there’s been a couple others. Like Pill's “Trap Goin Ham” and Yelawolf's “Pop The Trunk.” To have caught them before they became famous or who they are today, to have worked with them on their first projects was pretty cool.

It seems like this year is a big year for you guys, from working with YG to ScHoolboy Q and Boosie, among others.
SU: For us, we  had a lot going on in 2009, 2010, 2011, and then 2012 kind of slowed down for us. Then we [directed] Trinidad Jame$' “All Gold Everything” project at the end [of 2012] and the momentum had kind of just stayed strong.

Diwang Valdez: I guess just being with Jeezy, that kind of helped with the YG project; we got to witness some of the YG stuff early on.

DK: I got to see YG in the studio making a lot of [My Krazy Life], just building that relationship with him. Within the last year, I’ve been working a lot with YG, so that kind of opened up doors to work on the “My Hitta” video and the remix to that, which was big. The first time I heard YG in the studio I became a fan, hearing some stuff in the studio. I was like, "He’s dope." The whole West Coast movement that’s coming up right now is dope.

DV: [Working with ScHoolboy Q] was really exciting. I’ve been a ScHoolboy Q fan for a while now, so there was a good connection there, and then he just reached out to us. He was really cool and laid back; we shot [the "What They Want" video] in New Orleans.


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XXL: What’s your relationship like with Lil Boosie? Seems like you guys were kind of like that go-to source when he was released.
DK: We started working with him in 2009 and we met him through our guy Yancey [Richardson] up at Atlantic Records. We did a photo shoot for [Boosie] off the bat, then we showed him some of our work—showed him the Young Joc video—and he’s big into work. So he was like, y'all come down to Baton Rouge and shoot these videos. Then we just kind of vibed with him. He would hit us up to do all his personal Trill Ent. stuff and we just get along well.

SU: Just working with him before he went to jail and doing the documentary brought us really close. I mean, Boosie just opened the door for us to become a part of his family. From staying at his house to playing with his kids, even continuing working with his mom to put out content while he was in jail, made our bond very strong. I would consider him a close friend. He’s one of the greatest people to work with creatively; he trusts us completely. He’s not really worried about what people think, he just trusts us.

DK: I mean, yeah, the first time he brought us down there, he let us stay in his house. So that’s the type of artist he is.

What was in like working with him on his first project out of jail?
DK: We had written to him while he was in jail and he had communicated to us that he wanted us to be there when he got out with the camera. So we coordinated with his brother and we just started shooting from the second he got out of jail. We met them up at Angola and he went and picked up his family. Then he drove down to New Orleans and got himself together. Then the next night he was in the studio recording, and it was just cool to watch. We stayed with them for about 10 days as he got his bearings together, then we shot his first [post-prison] show.

SU: Yeah, it was just an awesome experience and all of us here at Motion Family feel great to be a part of it. It was basically just us, his mom, brother, aunt, and cousin when he walked out of jail. It was great to be a part of it and capture it on camera, but at the same time reunite with him, 'cause through the year we built such a great bond.

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XXL: What are you guys trying to get across with your brand? If you had a motto what would it be?
DK: We really just like to document, just the other work that we do. Working closely with an artist and going to their neighborhood and seeing where they’re from. Going to an important place in their life and seeing them there. We really just like to let them do them as much as possible. That’s kind of where we’re at.

SU: Our motto is just to grow and build. To put out quality work, whether it’s a documentary for Boosie or a video for ScHoolboy [Q]. We just like working close with the artist to put out the best quality image of him and what he’s all about. Keeping it authentic.

DV: Just keeping it real.

What is something that you guys are looking to do within the next year?
DK: Well, we’ve started to work with some directors that we’ve watched over the year, trying to expand the directors under us. I think we’re moving more into creating content and working on longer-based projects, like documentaries.

SU: Our mission is to just grow from here and strengthen our team. We’re just growing our team and working with them to make us better. Expand in every way. Work a lot more with film and documentary work.

What are some of the new stuff you’re working on?
DK: Always stuff with Jeezy. Then Boosie, some of his new stuff, we’re going down to New Orleans to shoot some of his new stuff. Then Diwang is in Vietnam working with Kelly Rowland on some of her new stuff. You never know what the future holds, though. People hit us up, like, "We want to shoot this next week, can you do it?"


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Previously: Lil Boosie Talks To XXL For His First Interview... Before His Press Conference
Lil Boosie Performs First Post-Prison Concert In Nashville
Lil Boosie Travels The Globe In “Show Da World” Video Directed By Motion Family
Lil Boosie And Jeezy Are In The Studio