New York natives, Lana Del Rey and A$AP Rocky, have caused quite a stir in the past couple of days. To start, the two recently released the music video for “National Anthem,” a video that grips at the national psyche with its reinterpretation of the often romanticized Kennedys and their ‘American Camelot.’ JFK is played by the nonchalant and ever composed A$AP Rocky, who dons his usual snapback and array of jewelry; Lana plays Marilyn Monroe in the video’s beginning, before later assuming the part of Jackie Kennedy. The video is highly political and everyone seems to have their own take on it. Even A$AP seems to be unable to put the video into exact words:
“We did a video together … [it's] some swag sh–,” he said. “I play JFK, she plays Jackie O, you know, some cool, trippy sh–, some really 2015 sh–. People gonna get it in like three years, and that’s the whole purpose of it.” (A$AP Rocky, Source: MTV News)
To be fair, Lana was the originator of the idea behind the video and it is probably safe to say that only she and the director truly understand the emotional and intellectual significance of each scene. Oversimplified, the video is a dark, brooding love story that wrestles with the status quo. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video is worth thousands more.
And in addition to “National Anthem” A$AP and Lana have also collaborated on “Ridin,” a feel-good summer cruising song produced by the Kickdrums. The song makes expert use of Lana’s sensual voice and old-time sound, both of which are perfect complements to the insouciant beat and A$AP’s flow.
I have been keeping this group to myself for awhile now, but it’s about time that I introduce you guys to the newest group making waves out of Brooklyn. Known as the Flatbush Zombies, Meechy Darko and Juice collaborate on the vocals as they go in over some sick Erick Arc Elliot produced beats. Gaining notoriety with their ode to breakfast food and their favorite type of green, Thug Waffles was the track that put these guys on the map. From there, the charisma and charm of the group led them to an opening gig for A$AP Rocky, some love from Complex magazine, and a mention of top groups to watch by artist Lana Del Rey. The guys just dropped off another video today, entitled S.C.O.S.A which features some sick visuals. The production of these visuals was handled by the team from The Madbury Club, who do beautiful work on all of their projects. Currently, Flatbush Zombies is at SXSW and will be performing at the festival. So keep an eye on these guys and don’t be surprised if they follow in A$AP’s footsteps and sign themselves to a lucrative record deal. Oh, and for those who are wondering, Flatbush Zombies refers to where they are from and how they like to smoke so much weed that they eventually turn in to zombies.
You can download Thug Waffles from their bandcamp, and you can also check out their website (NSFW)
Happy Valentine’s Day! Or for those of you sulking around right now, Happy Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D.)! Drown the sorrows of your unrequited love in this awesome dubstep remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Without You.” And be sure to check out Kill Paris on Facebook, Beatport, and Souncloud.
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