Incisively and aggressively painting a portrait of NYC street life, Casanova shows no signs of slowing down. Coming through with a subdued and introspective new video single, the Brooklyn rapper shares “Live.” Rhyming with raw emotion over a collage of mournful horns and chopped-up snares, Casanova digs deep inside the problems that can’t be solved by fortune and fame: “Cops wanna frisk me, homies wanna diss me/You sendin’ shots, hope you miss me, RIP Nipsey/I think my baby momma tryna turn my son against me/So I mix the D’us with the juice ’til it’s empty.” The track features a guest verse from UK rapper Giggs, who draws parallels between his troubled youth in London and Casanova’s in NY. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Filmed in crisp black-and-white by director Mollana Burke, the video follows a young family in Peckham, a rough neighborhood in South London, as they try to make ends meet against all odds: “I don’t wanna die broke/I don’t wanna die rich…I’m just tryna live.” “Live” is the latest video from Behind These Scars, Casanova’s upcoming album.
Comprised of a breathless 10-tracks, Behind These Scars traces Casanova’s path from poverty to prison to prominence, carefully examining every aspect of the rising star’s life. Expanding on the turbulent East Flatbush narrative that began with 2018’s Commissary, the upcoming album bursts with radio-ready bops, reflective ruminations on post-prison life, and the confrontational bangers on which Casanova made his name. Featuring appearances from Young Thug, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Gunna, Fabolous, and more, Behind These Scars drops October 11th via Roc Nation, in partnership with Republic Records.
Behind These Scars boasts two successful pre-release singles: “Coming Home” and “So Brooklyn.” Featuring an appearance from Chris Brown, “Coming Home” is a radio-ready, romantic jam with a butter-smooth hook, earning over 1 million Spotify streams in its first two weeks of release. The Fabolous-featuring “So Brooklyn” inspired over 35,000 submissions to the #SoBrooklynChallenge in which thousands of fans, and several famous faces posted their best bars about what their hometown means to them atop the “So Brooklyn” instrumental. Over the past few weeks, the #SoBrooklyn challenge received entries from the likes of Brooklyn natives like Young M.A., Papoose, Memphis Bleek, Maino, Rob Markman, and game out-of-towners like DMX, G Herbo, Wyclef Jean, Trae Tha Truth, Freeway, Cassidy, Bandh
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Behind These Scars tracklist:
1. Jail Call
2. Knock Knock
3. So Brooklyn (feat. Fabolous)
4. So Drippy (feat. Gunna & Young Thug)
5. Woah (feat. Jeremih)
6. Coming Home (feat. Chris Brown)
7. In My Hood
8. Stay With It
9. Could’ve Been Something (feat. KayCyy Pluto)
10. Live (feat. Giggs)
Casanova 2X elbowed his way into rap’s competitive coliseum. Armed with the infectious warning shot “Don’t Run,” the Brooklyn rhyme rookie simultaneously made a name for himself and scored early success at radio and streaming platforms. His robust energy and primal charisma consumed the entire New York City tri-state area, convincing hip-hop heads to adopt his signature salute, “Boom Boom Boom!” Certified by the years he spent incarcerated, Casanova’s debut EP Commissary—featuring guest appearances from Chris Brown, Fabolous, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and G-Eazy—established him as one of hip-hop’s hottest rising stars. Off parole and ready to see the world, Casanova let his artistry fly first class with the recent release of his aptly titled Free At Last EP, released in 2019.
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