Good tidings in this season of the lion. Black August action.
Peace. Happy Wednesday morning. In commemoration of the birth week of one Marcus Garvey, herein is an arrangement of visuals for the sonic composition “Basquiat Ghostwriter”, directed and produced by A Country Called Earth. Special thanks to I. Attallihi, J. Cuba and S. bin Sharifu.
FREE THE LAND. We are already in outer space. The local time is always now. Free Shmurda. If you are reading this, you are already reading. We appreciateyuh.
Negus. Eternal pedigree. Noble Empire. So real. Surreal.
L T P F J. peace.
– Yasiin Bey
Basquiat Ghostwriter,” a new track inspired by both the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the slew of instances of police brutality that continue to dominate headlines (or not) in the US, Yasiin Bey has a released a video for the song. The visuals comprise footage of Basquiat painting on the street with spray cans and old school video games such as Centipede, spliced with the song’s various references including Aldous Huxley and Bowery Bums. Yasiin appears as well, of course, in the vocal booth, spitting flames. All the imagery has been inverted to the negative. The result is a fitting video to complement Bey’s effortlessly slick flows atop a futuristic free-jazz groove performed by Basquiat and his band, Gray. Watch the music video for Yasiin Bey’s “Basquiat Ghostwriter” below via A Country Called Earth.