Ghostface Killah Drops A New Animated Lyric Video For "The Battlefield"
Ghostface Killah has just released the animated lyric video to “The Battlefield,” the lead-off track from his fantastic 2014 LP 36 Seasons. A study in somber cell-shading that says a lot without showing much, the video nails the track’s downtrodden air, depicting scenes of neighborhoods wracked by crime and decay. The features from AZ, Kool G Rap and Tre Williams only add to Ghostface’s mood-sculpture, and as scenes pass, our animated hero-rapper bears witness to his home stoop’s fallen grace. The clip ends with the sight of the Iron Man musing glumly. Spring may be in full swing, but Ghostface’s seasons–all 36 of them–are nothing but wintery in this comic book world.
Ardent Ghostface Killah fans will recognize this same animated lyric video style from “Here I Go Again,” a clip that also depicted a harsh New York City life that’s fraying at the edges. Always a news cycle unto himself, Ghostface just yesterday professed to smashing verses on the mythical Once Upon a Time In Shaolin LP, and only a few short weeks ago rocked SXSW with his sometimes-bandmates Badbadnotgood. But now that “The Battlefield” has a proper lyric video, we strongly recommend you revisit 36 Seasons and give its brilliant 14 tracks some extra rotation. You can buy the LP on iTunes here.