The road to A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable continues with Murs‘ second video of the last month.
After taking the stage at a random dive bar to vent about his battles with depression, testing the therapy waters, ditching prescription drugs, and everything else that’s weighed on him during the last 365 and change in the video for “Melancholy,” the Living Legend keeps it rocking with “Powerful.”
Shot in black and white in a room full of speakers, Murs (along with Michael “Seven” Summers, who produced the album) tackles the current state of hip hop and how we’ve gotta let the “rappers rap” while the rest keep quiet.
I stand for the flag, and stand for my people
This is not a contradiction, I am not a fan of evil
The video is incomplete, though. On the song featured on the album, Murs takes it a step further by digging into his roots and raising his fist with a verse about his cultural upbringing: “Been walking this path from an early age/ Reading books by the Panthers, building up my rage/ At age 14, read Soul On Ice/ Spook Who Sat By The Door, read that joint twice,” he raps. “Ice Cube, Brother J and Ice-T/ These are the professors that would set my mind free/ Fuck Tha Police, To The East and Cop Killer/ These were my textbooks, sorry, it was not Thriller/ That pop music was filler, no disrespect to Mike/ But I was fed up and focused, I was ready to fight/ The Power/ With Flavor Flav and Carl Ridenhour/ Now merged my energy with Public Enemy for many hours/ Towers of Babylon that radiate pollution/ Are the same ones we’ll be using to stream the revolution.”