From the end of the video:
On March 24th, Raz Simone was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. Raz flew from Seattle legally with his gun to New York without the airline or police informing him of the change in gun laws on March 1, 2013. He was allowed to board with his firearm as if everything was fine as usual, but FUCKED him as he tried to return home. He was incarcerated and charged with a felony. He is now out on $10,000 bail, facing a minimum of 5 years. Legally Raz cannot leave New York. As fans and supporters of Raz Simone's music, we urge you to do all you can to support and give back.
I like this video, this song, the beat. Raz is the homie, but more importantly he's by far one of the most promising voices in the scene right now, so I owe him a more in-depth look at this song/video. I'll run off a few observations in list form after the jump.
1. Bringing a gun on a plane is legal? That's crazy to me. I can't being four ounces of lotion on a plane. Are we talking about in checked luggage or in a carry-on—or like, on the hip? Hasn't Raz ever heard "JFK to LAX," for crissakes? Y'all crazy, man, leave them guns alone! That said, I really, really hope Raz beats this Lil Wayne-esque case, comes home, and continues his ascent.
2. I very much appreciate his CD pride. I even appreciate his mob of fam and fans walking in the middle of the street and inconveniencing motorists, because, for one, that's pura Central District—but also because condos and gentrification are a fucking inconvenience too. Got a problem with that?
3. Total Macklemore grandma-fur-wave in effect. I see it all over the place these days. I think Raz's uniform of tank top and gold chains is a little more fitting, but it's not exactly seasonal; while I think it's cool that young heads are uni-sexing their gear a lot more these days, I don't know if the Lucille Bluth look is the solution.
4. The sideshow action, though not on par with its originators in the Bay, still looks hella cool behind Raz as he raps.
5. I have to say this: I can mostly deal with pimp rap when the rapper sounds like he's bullshitting and gaming half the time anyway. (All respect to Too $hort, but for the record, Cody Chesnutt's "Serve This Royalty" is the coldest, most telling pimp music outside of the Superfly soundtrack.) However, when it's a rapper whose whole style is based on naked sincerity, like Simone is, then that pro-pimp rhetoric becomes a lot more troubling. Especially when I see young ass little girls in the same video; Nas can be the same guy who made "I Can" and "You Owe Me," but not in the same video—messaging, my people, is everything.