REBIRTH (Visual) - MAYA HUYANA
If I'm not mistaken I saw Yah post that she is dropping this visual on the 2 year anniversary of the song's release and it's worth the wait. The Rebirth song and record are super smooth, re-listenable and tightly constructed like most of Maya's works in my assessment. In the same way I would say about 4th Dimensional Hitchhiker and Noa James of the So Cal hip-hop community, Yah and her creative collaborators have a weird and really cutting edge sense of aesthetic that's pretty undeniably displayed in this video.
I really admire the bravery and willingness to upset expectations and to flirt with the perimeters of the bizarre and political commentary in this piece
Director Louise Lee ties it all together well and very enjoyably on this smart and soulful, trippy multi-sectioned piece. There's these classic California beach performance shots but the sideways intro shots implied off-bat that something strange was coming- so just when you're getting comfortable the colors go negative and the lip-sync stops and the song goes into something more dissociative than scary and our protagonist is in a cool art museum with another young black woman and they are unabashed and unapologetic and unafraid and they are fun and vibrant and part of the art they are experiencing and the whole thing is juxtaposed against audio recordings of movie scenes of racist abuse after Maya sings then raps on a beat switch-up. I'll stop narrating the whole thing because you really should experience it- it's artsy and gut-level political AF but not pretentiously so, joyously so. Fitting for a Rebirth.
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers