Videos: Roc C and Dizzee Rascal
by Winston "Stone" Ford
It’s been a while since I’ve seen truly original videos lately so I wanted to share with y’all two vids that I’ve been diggin’ for the past couple of days.
Dizzee Rascal – Sirens
At first this seems like another “black man gets chased by the police” video, until you see that the “police” are actually ridin’ on horses. At first I thought that it had something to do with Redcoats and British colonization (yeah, I watch the History Channel sometimes), but actually it has to do with fox hunting which is basically a messed up way for rich people to kill animals and keep it “classy”. If you haven’t realized it…Dizzee is the fox.
There is enough symbolism and imagery in this video to fill a college sociology class, and the whole blood on little white girl’s face is definitely a new look or hip-hop videos these days. The video reminds me of NWA’s Express Yourself and the beat is a throwback to the early rap-rock collabos of Public Enemy and Ice-T. The rock beat is heavy, and although this is a departure from Dizzie’s grime career, its a good look.
Roc ‘C’ – My Life feat. Aloe Blacc
I know that splicing personal photos in a video is nothing new, but just like the video for “Through The Wire,” it has made for effective storytelling technique. However, what put this video over the top was the “fly on the wall” scenes with Roc C and his boys. The washed out effect and shaky camera angles almost compliment the bleak tale of the dude’s life growing up. The only downside of the video is Aloe Blacc’s fake patois. Still the combination of these elements makes for a fairly unique vid. Even more interesting is that the production value on this video was pretty low, showing those aspiring directors that you can still make a good video with little or no money.
Any video’s y’all been feelin’ lately? Post them in the comments.