Inspectah Deck’s New Video Is An Amazing Tour Through Hip-Hop History

In the first music video from his recent Chamber #9 solo album, Inspectah Deck positioned himself as “The Terminator.” However, in a video inspired by James Cameron’s acclaimed Sci-Fi franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Rebel INS was on a personal quest to terminate the wackness plaguing Hip-Hop.

Love of culture is also at the core of second single, “Can’t Stay Away.” At a time when alternatives to live-action music videos can seem cheap or makeshift, this Shawn Johnson-directed affair is one of the better visuals using found elements lately. Images and clippings of MCs, artwork, magazines, and more resemble the adolescent bedroom wall of a Hip-Hop fiend. They also show depth and research, along with thoughtful and caring editing.

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In what seems to channel Biggie’s “Juicy” in part, Deck details his love affair and lists early sources of musical inspiration. “I fiend to hear the sound through the woofer / I love Hip-Hop more than Taye and Sanaa in Brown Sugar / From Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack, Hank Love and DNA / To Awesome 2, Kid Capri, Kay Slay / Chuck Chillout, Jazzy Joyce, Jazzy Jeff / And cool DJ Red / Alert was going years I couldn’t wait to play my tape and make the block shake / Let the tape rock till the tape pop / Graffiti on my loose suit do this in my soul / Since Pete Rock and Marley Marl was In Control.” From early FM mix-shows in New York to celebrated 1990s tape-masters, Deck professes that he will adore his culture until his time on earth expires.

The chorus involves an iconic B-Boy vocal from Stetsasonic’s Daddy-O, with other bars by Method Man, The Notorious B.I.G., Cool C, Nas, Rakim, and Big Daddy Kane, among others in a cut-and-paste production by Danny Caiazzo. There are also fresh pieces of isolated video from Humpty Hump, Fab 5 Freddy, Biz Markie, and Public Enemy. Whether still or moving, the colorful and nostalgic collage matches the lyrics lovely. From Hurricane G to Jack The Rapper, INS’ references remind Heads that he’s a 25-year veteran who has paid mad dues. Moreover, this MC has penned some of the most memorable verses on the most lauded Wu-Tang albums.

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Joey Bada$$ is portraying Deck in next month’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Earlier this year, the Staten Island, New York representative and his CZARFACE cohorts (7L & Esoteric) invited Ghostface Killah to the cypher for Czarface Meets Ghostface.

Chamber #9 also features Cappadonna. Last month, Deck appeared in Ghostface’s “Party Over Here” music video.