Directed by Canadian-Iraqi MC Narcy (who’s also featured on the track alongside Yasiin) the video follows him and Yasiin as they rap through the desert and other parts of Cape Town, South Africa, with the two ultimately trying to slip through the borders of their enemies, the Alie Nation (or “alienation”).
The video seems to provide a commentary on Yasiin’s ongoing immigration problems, as he and Narcy venture through a place where “all the things of the earth and in the sky have energy to be exploited, even themselves, mining themselves into souls, sold,” as an interlude of narration tells us.
In a press release for the video A Tribe Called Red elaborates on this, saying:
“The Halluci Nation has no barriers, it sees no borders and their operatives are everywhere. Yasiin Bey is an ally of the Halluci Nation who has been unjustly detained in Cape Town, South Africa by the Alie-Nation. Narcy is one of the Guardians of the Halluci Nation and he has been given the job of helping to free Yasiin and lead him to the Halluci Nation territory. We Are Of Earth And Sky.”
“R.E.D.” serves as the leading track off of A Tribe Called Red’s forthcoming album We Are The Halluci Nation. The song not only roars with powerful rhymes from both Narcy and Yasiin, but incredible drums from Black Bear (a drum group from the Manawan Atikamekw Nation in Quebec).
A Canadian electronic music trio, A Tribe Called Red has released two albums and several EPs, with their latest project being this year’s Stadium Pow Wow EP. Halluci Nation drops on September 16.
Check out the video below.