The White Mandingos recently dropped the video for their latest single, “Mandingo Rally” directed by Kellen Dengler. The video is a loud collection of clips reliant upon provocative imagery and black & white contrast shoved into a hard pill of biting social commentary from Mandingos’ frontman MURS. He walks and rhymes through the evolution of a black man into controversial extremes of American iconography that present a visual argument against the quietly held notion that black people are all the same – an investment in the myth of the monolith that does well to paint a people with a brush broad enough to discourage individuality and devalue their varied cultures to the point of demonization, despite the very colorful threads continuing to darn the frayed fabric of our society. Topping the visual off, MURS delivers a performance as hard as his verses. He is honest, unapologetic and uncommonly cold. Check what the band had to say about the track:
“‘Mandingo Rally’ is a sonic rally organized by The White Mandingos (AKA Murs, Darryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins SHR). Inside of this rally, Cali rap killer Murs (AKA Tyrone White) drops Jewels for you to find. But once you find them, he snatches them right back. Because you have to earn these jewels. Murs rocks like a flamethrower atop a beat sicker than Leather Face. Breezy, Weezy, Jeezy, Cheezy–all of y’all best protect ya neck.”
Check the “Mandingo Rally” video below. Keep an eye out for the cameo from Mel D. Cole.