Mon, 14 May 2018 16:04:37 GMT
Unexpectedly coinciding with the release of Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’, London-based rapper Oscar Worldpeace has finally dropped a music video for his track ‘No White God’. Directed by Compulsory’s Taz Tron Delix, the video aired on Noisey, casting a bleak parallel of gun crime and social inequality in the UK.
Whilst the music and narrative for these two music videos are fundamentally different, the coincidental release date and overarching social story paints an interesting picture of the world today. The stark lyrics are set against rich, dark, dreamlike visuals. Oscar Worldpeace floats in to shot emerging amongst twisting family narratives which seem to push out from under a layer of darkness. The only white men in the film are the ‘all-white cops’ brandishing guns violently in people’s faces. Situations intensify with choreography that hovers over the rumbling bass tones.
Commenting on the narrative, Taz Tron Delix says: “Oscar is speaking the times. It’s a new age where we have to re-align the real truths and narratives of this world. Over the ages, they have been manipulated, tarnished and buried by the oppressor through slavery, war and religion. For me, this song, is an amazing statement – a true wake-up call. It really got me thinking about whether God’s form was human at all! It definitely wouldn’t be a white man. It would be a woman, the true gate keepers of this world, that give birth to us all.”
The film takes a new visual direction for Taz Tron Delix, as he continues to work with DoP Ruben Woodin-Dechamps. Whilst his signature hypnotic camera movements remain, the film has a much stronger aspect of portraiture. His fourth time working with the artist, he was given full creative scope on the project.
Taz adds: “It’s always a pleasure to work with Oscar. We had a few conversations about the music, the space and the world that this song was made in, after that he trusted me to go away and unleash my creative vision as a response to his music. I wanted the world to feel mystical and dream-like, as well as angelic against the beauty of the darkness. We have to show the true world we live in and that world is pain and love.” He continues: “For us, 'No White God' is emotionally charged from the soul, it is empowerment, it is love and this is the truth. It was actually amazing to wake up after releasing this film to see Childish Gambino’s master piece and similar messages driving the heart of this conversation. Times are bleak but I would argue this is the starting point for change.”
Executive Producer Kiran Mandla comments: “To be able to realise the vision that Taz had for this project, through such a powerful track from Oscar, was incredibly fulfilling. The video delivers such a strong message and it was an honour to be a part of this process. We're really proud of everyone involved that made this possible.”
Genres: Music performance
Categories: Music video, Short filmsCOMPULSORY., Mon, 14 May 2018 16:04:37 GMT