“With the world government rounding up the last of the Hip-Hop assassins, Pharoahe Monch (Assassin 13) is forced to leave Queens,” reads the opening statement in the visual for W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) standout “Haile Selassie Karate.”
Continuing the storyline from a Monch, Jean Grae, Royce Da 5’9 posse cut and Grae’s “Kill Screen,” the Duck Down rapper in turn “travels the world seeking an environment less hostile to the culture,” only to eventually find himself in the mother land. More specifically, Mitchell Plains, South Africa hosts the “Damage” lyricist, who takes in the culture from a nearby window and more importantly witnesses Hip-Hop’s influences in the country.
Director Tim Gregory shot the treatment, capturing everything from young b-boys break dancing to the day to day living of the local people.
MC and producer Denaun Porter, b.k.a. Mr. Porter, provides some of his patented crooning on the chorus, but is no where to be found in the vid. Nevertheless, both the song and the video are mild compared to the quality bars on W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), which you can buy here.
See “Haile Selassie Karate” below.