parody by nacrowe
since returning stateside roughly three years ago after teaching and living overseas for over eight years i was unceremoniously introduced to the new generation of HIP HOP which left me largely underwhelmed. gone where the clever lyricism and focus on the community that seemed emblematic of the 80S & 90s artists i grew up on (A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, TUPAC, PUBLIC ENEMY, DE LA SOUL, N.W.A.). in its place was a new class more driven by the politics of hype, branding, self-aggrandizement and the goal of personal financial security.
one bright spot was discovering idiosyncratic videographer COLE BENNETT and his LYRICAL LEMONADE channel on YOUTUBE that showcased (mostly) upcoming talent of note with his inspired, conked-out visuals.
i invite you to check out his channel and dive into his clever visual aesthetic.