Masta Killa’s New Video Reminds Us To Celebrate Rap’s OGs While They’re Still Here
As a member of one of Hip-Hop’s most venerated crews, Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa is a true original. With his 48th birthday turning the corner next month, he’s been releasing music since the 1990s, including three solo LPs beginning with 2004’s No Said Date. This December will mark the 5th anniversary of his most recent effort, 2012’s Selling My Soul, an album which capped his third decade as a recording artist. Now, the Brooklyn, New York MC is gearing up for its follow up, Loyalty Is Royalty. For at least one generation, Masta Killa has embodied the true meaning of an “OG,” someone whose wisdom and experience makes him a master teacher. Because of his extensive career and contributions to Rap, it can be difficult to envision him as having OGs of his own, but as he shows in his latest video, every teacher begins as a student.
In “OGs Told Me,” Masta Killa, Boy Backs, and Moe Roc share lessons they’ve been taught with listeners. For its visual component, a celebratory theme sets the tone as the men dance, party, and shoot the sh*t on the block. Grown men salute each other with affection, hugging each other openly and taking time to smell the proverbial roses. With the untimely deaths of so many giants in Rap music – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Guru, Sean Price, Phife Dawg, and Prodigy just to name a few – the song’s message and the video’s treatment are important reminders that we should all give our loved ones roses while they can still smell them.
Produced by Dame Grease, “OGs Told Me” is the second single off Masta Killa’s forthcoming LP, for which a release date is yet to be assigned. Late last year, he dropped a video for “Therapy,” featuring Method Man and Redman. Loyalty Is Royalty is reportedly slated for an arrival this Fall, via Nature Sounds.