Ali.GOOD releases “Clockers: A Short Film,” a smooth yet bass heavy POP ROBINSON-produced record, and Joe Robinson directed video about the life of a street-level dealer attempting to climb his way out of poverty. Inspired by the Nas and Shorty park bench scene in Hype Williams’ 1998 crime drama Belly, the Tony! Toni! Toné! “Anniversary” sampled beat paints the picture of a grey-skied black and white motion picture, while the lyrics take the listener through the harsh reality of inner-city conflict. In five minutes and 42 seconds, the viewer is taken on a three-and-a-half-hour-long ride through the streets of Detroit — all from the perspective of a gun.
Of the debut video, Ali states “The video isn’t complex, but there is a metaphoric connection between the elements. The first connection begins with the protagonist of the film, Boldie, who represents a now mid-teenaged Shorty sinking deeper into the horrors that Nas warned him about on the park bench.” In the lyrics, Boldie a.k.a. Shorty is sentenced to prison by a judge, while in the film, he’s sentenced by a police officer — who is often the judge, jury, and executioner for young Black males.
Ali ties it altogether stating “I think hip-hop has become watered down to the point that viewers want to be spoon feed an artists’ plot and storyline. This isn’t that kind of video. You have to connect the dots between the lyrics, the dialogue, the images and the beat itself.”
In a lane of its own, Ali.GOOD’s debut video shed light on racial profiling, the police killings of unarmed Black males, drug dealing and the violence that plagues America’s downtrodden communities. The short film includes a digital booklet which can be accessed and downloaded HERE.
Ali.GOOD is an emcee from the west side of Detroit. Influenced by Ridin’ Dirty UGK, the Wu and ’93 Cube, Ali places an emphasis on delivering unrestrained lyric-driven hip-hop based on his environment and experiences. As a student of lyricism, Ali’s music isn’t for “turning up” or popping the latest drug. It’s for political protests, porch chilling and underground rap fans.
Check out the video below.