Parallel Realities :: (RAS) Riders Against The Storm Been Poppin’ MALI

The best forms of enlightenment tend to be the slow burns… quick aside, slight spoiler alerts on this one.

As I jumped on my morning to-do list (sorry for the lack of posts lately, real life needed tending to), one of the main things I had in mind was to check out the latest music video from (RAS) Riders Against the Storm.  I know I can count on quality work from this duo, but MALI was a journey that I was not quite prepared for.  The warehouse setting is beautiful, and I immediately was receptive to the juxtaposition of the slavery imagery and the flashy-cultural fashion that (RAS) is so well known for.  What was obvious in hindsight, but lost upon me until pointed out in verse 2 by Qi Dada, was the Mali/Molly comparison the duo had cleverly woven into the lyrics (with a perfectly appropriated trap-esque production bed to present it on).

As the slaves ‘freed’ themselves from their traps and began to dance, and the fullness of the slavery vs. style worship metaphor revealed itself in the final imagery, the shared journey left me ready for the day ahead.  Well done, (RAS), and here’s to nothing but great things in your future.

-chief

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