Crafting a truly great parody is no easy feat, but with his latest visual, Rocky Banks lands the proverbial tightrope act with aplomb. The rising Texan rapper has paid loving homage to the Hype Williams-directed, Nas & DMX-starring cult classic Belly with the new visual for his propulsive track “Dopeman.” Watch it all go down above.
Speaking on the track, Rocky says that “This record was written from the approach of a buyer and seller. Coming from my environment in Houston, drugs can help pay bills but we often neglect the fact its poisoning the community. Saying ‘I’m the Dopeman’ or the ‘DOPE…..man’ is me understanding that I cannot contribute to the regression of my community by selling them the wrong content in my product, my music, my dope. It was also heavily influenced by the 1988 N.W.A. record. As far as the video, I’ve always been a fan of film so I try to make references to a popular character or scene from some of my favorite movies in my visuals. If you’re a fan of hip-hop you’ll know exactly where I got the inspiration from for this visual, haha. Shouts to the OGs!”
“Dopeman” appears on Rocky Banks’ full-length project Big Little Brother. Stream it in full below via SoundCloud.
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