Royce 5’9″ Teams With Denaun & Marv Won To Show The Many Faces Of Racism (Video)
Detroit, Michigan can rightfully claim some of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated spitters as its own, many of whom are equally gifted at attaining longevity in their careers. Royce 5’9″ released the most successful album of his solo discography, Layers, earlier this year – an astonishing accomplishment for an MC who is more than a decade into his recording career. The LP featured extensive production from Mr. Porter, a fellow Motor City veteran Heads also know as Denaun. The former D-12 member worked on, among other songs, Layers’s title single, a beast of a record sporting a three-headed lyrical monster in the form of Royce, Pusha T, and Rick Ross.
Today (October 18), Ambrosia for Heads premieres the video for another Royce-Denaun collaboration. “God Bless” also features Marv Won, yet another Detroit native touted for his skillful word play. Produced by Mr. Porter, the song’s visuals come in the form of deceptively simplified animation, but even in Bitmoji-like fashion, the characters are dealing with some very real issues. Suburbia is plagued with racism, as White homeowners angrily cry for Marv Won to get out of their neighborhood. A White businessman (who works for a company fittingly named Green) roams the hood with Royce, where residents are suffering at the hands of greedy corporations. The theme of economic prostitution continues when Denaun walks into the office of Rip Off Records, surrounded by fans proclaiming their love for Eminem while making money off of artists of color. By the video’s end, it becomes clear that life is full of misconceptions, lies, and schemes.
Even in cartoon form, the video’s message is searingly lifelike and complex. Fans will have an opportunity to ask Royce 5’9″, Denuan, and Marv Won about the song’s message and its Lanfia Wal-directed visual component on Reddit at 3pm EST today (10/18), where the three will host an AMA (Ask Me Anything). “God Bless” appears on Denaun’s forthcoming LP, Connected, which arrives Friday (October 21).