11 Veteran Lyricists Break Ground In One Video With Another In MC Spiritual Essence
In today’s musical age, assembling collaborations seems relatively easy. Translating that to a compelling, well-produced video is not quite as accessible. Especially in hardcore, purebred Hip-Hop, making videos like Sway & King Tech’s “The Anthem” seems implausible without big budgets like the one the two iconic radio personalities had at Interscope Records. Two of that 1999 song’s standout MCs (Kool G Rap and Chino XL) reappear on the just-released “The Underworld 2.” The music video was shot in more than three cities, and spares no expense in making its point about where the heat really lives in Hip-Hop.
The “Underworld 2” video single features 12 MCs—including the late Sean Price. The 2013 first installment (posted below) featured the likes of PMD (a/k/a Parrish Smith), Tech N9ne, and D12’s Bizarre. Toronto, Ontario-based organizer Reel Wolf reprises the brand, with a new crop of lyricists—and a few returning faces for the heavily thematic sequel. Maintaining a demonic, werewolf-inspired setting, “Underworld 2” taps an incredible posthumous Sean Price verse (with lyrics on screen) to join appearances from G Rap, Havoc, Chino, Ill Bill and Sabac Red (Non-Phixion), Kuniva (D12), Necro, Slaine, Ruste Juxx, Johnny Richter (Kottonmouth Kings), and Kid Fade. From across a few compartments of Rap music, these acts stand for the underground, literally.
The verses are space-efficient, and air big on ricochet-style bars. The MCs cohesively bond over that dark, horror-savvy subject matter, which complements the song’s theme and visual perfectly. The video single is the first music in some time to release featuring real-life brothers Necro and Bill, and also features Sean P alongside one of his proteges in Ruste Juxx.
HipHopDX has published a feature on the making of “Underworld 2.”
#BonusBeat: “The Underworld” video from 2013, featuring Apathy, Bizarre, Celph Titled, PMD, Sean Strange, Ill Bill, King Gordy, Reef the Lost Cauze, SID, Slaine, Swifty Mcvay, Tech N9ne, and Vinnie Paz: