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By: The Enemy Staff
The Enemy is proud to present Dill The Giant's (bka 1/3 of the artist collective 3PEAT) hazy visual accompaniment to "E-mails", featuring Ari I.Q. and a cameo from the track's producer, Steve. Director Chris Freeland films and edits on VHS, adding a higher level of authenticity to the shots and a more immersive feel of the artists existing in this empty, malfunctioning cyberspace landscape.
Pensive, nostalgic, and eerie, "E-mails" captures Dill and Ari's all-too-human musings on time and space through their unique worldview. They are reflections on time spent struggling and stressing, hyper-focused on the immediate needs of cash and food and creative fulfillment, presented with a poetic grace known to come from the experience of trying to get it out the mud. The grimy, beautiful, lo-fi visuals are a proper testament to both the grimy and beautiful places that recklessly chasing your dreams and fulfilling your artistic ambitions can take you. Real rap shit.
"BROWN PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT RELIGION SHOULDN'T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SERIOUS"
By: The Enemy Staff
Big Baby Gandhi is back to blessing the masses with another ill video; a self-described warm-up to his upcoming summer project 27, slated for release July 28th. 1515 as an audiovisual concept is pure crack, with Gandhi sporting improved video production, more gats (or maybe one gat passed around between the homies?), and the wild non-rhyming rhyme scheme. The track is available for free download as well.
By the editorial tone of this small write-up, one may surmise that we're psyched on the prospect of a Gandhi tape for the summer and you're fucking right. Between NO1 2 LOOK UP 2, America Eats Its Babies, and DEBUT, the SF-residing Queens artist has a catalogue that speaks for itself, and speaks loudest to those indelibly linked to the South Asian immigrant & Muslim experiences. Gandhi's vision for 1515 comments specifically on this link: On the concept of the video, he states to The Enemy: "1515, if you write it out, it's just a tongue-in-cheek way to say ISIS. The video is meant to poke fun at how brown ppl are portrayed as terrorists all the time, and it's just connotated with everything we do. It can be tiring. I wanted it to be something that you could joke about and not have it be taken so seriously. Like, why do we have to condemn terrorism? I'm not really linked to that, I'm as non-linked as an ordinary white person, it's kind of a joke that I even have to condemn it."
Shout out to all the beautiful brown people and thank you BBG.
HEAVY ON PULCHRITUDE
By: The Enemy Staff
Beloved artist/songstress Marisolle Negash teams up with the multi-talented Ali (b.k.a. FC COCONUT) for her first visual accompaniment to the sweet, captivating music she's been teasing the city with over the last couple of years. Bless the artistic collaboration of these two. The "One Time" video (to us) not only complements but expands on a pensive week-ending jam heavy on pulchritude. This one pulls at the heart strings and pulls thoughts and tears from places of interpersonal nostalgia. Catch Marisolle live in Winnipeg and beyond throughout summer '17, the beyond being a possible Toronto show if you're lucky🙊. .
HARMLESS MELODIES EP
First played this EP when it popped up under related videos on YouTube. I didn't listen to it in its entirety, I just had it as background sound. But then the homie came through and was like, "I want you to make a piece to a certain album, let me know when you're ready." And BAM. It was this same one. I listened closest to Your Hand Holding Mine and A Little While while doing my thing; those two tugged most at my few remaining heart strings. I gave it 2 more listens before completing the piece. It's the type of tape where each track has you thinkin'bout past lovers, and/or that present one. Heartbreaks and budding romance. Sadness and beauty.
Being in a creative rut sucks. But then y'all know that feeling when you hear some new shit (or maybe a tune from your past) and all of sudden you on some Michelangelo? These Aren't Reviews is going to be a bunch of us creating art influenced from another's. Big ups to Yellow Days, dude is 18 years old and killing it.