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.
Dig it… Third Root and Adrian Quesada collaborate on what would already be a banger on its own. Reinforcements are then called in, in the form of Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm (RAS), Bavu Blakes and Vocab. Bars upon bars, all spitting on the knowledge tip. Soul Force is a monster of a song… not since the days of We’re All In The Same Gang or Self-Destruction has there been a collaborative effort this deep and meaningful. Certainly worth the $0.99 price tag. Here’s to hoping all parties involved can find the time to make a video out of this, because songs this strong deserve visual accompaniment.
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Every day, it seems, (RAS) Riders Against the Storm give Austin hip hop heads one more reason to be happy they’ve chosen to join our ranks. This time around, (RAS) has dropped a video for their party jam Booty Sweat that would make one proud. Featuring footage from their Body Rock events, Juiceland, and other local points with some of my favorite Austin graf, it’s bound to be a prominent reminder of how the creative minds of the ATX get down. Enjoy, share, and support!
Can’t wait to see who takes part in next year’s festivities.
My favorite hip-hop household, Riders Against The Storm (RAS), recently teamed up with Riddlore of Project Blowed to produce a song about when you’re stuck on that “what’s next” mindframe. Dig it and download it, because it’s free!