Slow-Jam Sickness: Avatar Darko's New Song/Video, "Soah"
by Todd Hamm
on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM
From his upcoming Soviet Goonion III project, Seattle/Cali emcee Avatar Darko has loosed an excellent new single called "Soah," which has come wrapped in a stylish, Cheok-directed video.
Produced by young Ukrainian Dirtbag Dexter (and featuring the finely doctored vocals of one Suzanna Abdulla, who could very well be this person), the instrumental plays relaxed-but-heavy like a steel blanket. The rolling bass sets the tone for Avatar's affectionate thug rhymes. "We can cover the world if you really ready/I'd go to war for you, girl, I'd prolly kill the presi'," he swoons in the second verse; in His Darkness' universe, this passes for a love song. The violent fairy tale, Bonnie and Clyde fantasy is a fitting, sick slow-jam plot line to filter through the video's smoke-and-shadow setting. As always, Darko steps back from the love-potion fawning to check himself with charming lines like: "If she bein' sneaky, karma be that bitch demise." Left callused from hard time in the love game, it seems, Darko proceeds with guarded optimism, as always, to our benefit.