Musician, Singer, Song-writer, Ninja, Toy Superhero, Alien, the multiple personalities of Rakeem Miles are diverse, LOUD and ready to steal your girl. Shot in Los Angeles, Baltimore rapper Rakeem Miles drops debut video “Black Ass” off his most recent release: Action Figure Miles, and true to form, it’s insane. The song is a hard-hitting take on racism, pointing fingers and finding the courage to be yourself. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Directed by Joey Ruggieri, the Music Video plays out like a live-action cartoon as Rakeem’s friends are kidnapped in broad daylight. Rakeem escapes, and with the help of his cyborg butler, he gears up to get his friends back. Visually, it plays out like a slap-stick comedy, but there’s a deeper meaning underneath the light-hearted surface.
“Rakeem and I worked hard to convey the themes of cultural appropriation, racism, and social blame while still finding the fun in all of it.” Director Joey Ruggieri said when asked about the meaning behind the video. “Where Rakeem grew up, to this day, there’s a massive KKK presence. Just a few weeks ago, in his hometown there were people driving around in a truck with a naked man in a cage advocating for a border wall, that’s not easy to see when you’re a child.”
In the city of Elkton, Maryland where Rakeem grew up, the KKK had meetings in government buildings and parades. Confederate flags flew on people’s homes, trucks and government buildings. Race was a real factor in making friends: “Occasionally, you weren’t allowed to be friends with people who were white because they were white, and we were Black. And you almost always ran into this problem if you liked a white person and you were a Black person,” John Gillespie, a childhood friend of Rakeem’s, musician and PhD student at UCI, said. “Occasionally we were called “Nigger”. So, it never was just like passive racism. It was often overt and clear who was racist and who was not.”
Rakeem Miles is releasing his new album Action Figure Miles on ____May 3rd _.
I have a passion for blogging about what's trending in Hip Hop, R&B, and Celebrity Entertainment. I'm a huge sports fan; my favorite teams are The NY Knicks & NY Jets. I also enjoy spending time with family, and working hard as hard work pays off.
Bronx rapper losLAUREN 718 drops the visual for his single “The Appetizer”. The track is the latest single off his upcoming album “Only Believers Achieve Success”, scheduled to be released this summer. Produced by Grizz & Millz Douglas, the song features a hard-hitting beat, and losLAUREN 718 flowing effortlessly. Without […]