I spotted this video over at Okayplayer.com. As you know, I am a big fan of Sa-Ra Creative Partners, even when it comes to their coked-out material. But “South$ide Blood Cuzn” is kind of a mess. It’s bliss funk that’s strangely off-beat, and as middling rappers neither Taz or Major are capable of handling it. The clip, directed by poet-cum-actor Wood Harris and Coodie & Chike, is a mesh of Hollyweird images, from Taz’s gewgaw-stuffed studio (peep the Dr. York button) to nightclub cam with lovely ladies and celebrity cameos. Then the beat straightens out near the end of the tune, just enough time for the duo to deliver the chorus; and the clip finishes with a long (and wildly misspelled) manifesto.
If this is representative of Ti$a’s forthcoming Hood Love, then the long-delayed album (but really, what hip-hop/R&B album isn’t “long-delayed” these days?) promises to be a calamity of epic proportions. I’m looking forward to it.