OOH’s Yo Slick Alias Releases An 11-Minute “Short Music Film”
photo by Rarah
Earlier this year, rapper OOH of the group Brown F.I.S.H. launched a new chapter of his solo career with the release of the first single by his alias Yo Slick. But the line between his two names has remained blurry, and his site DamnYoSlick.com recently premiered an epic video for “Let The Light…” credited to “OOH aka Yo Slick.” Even more confusingly, he originally released the song as an OOH single in 2009, and included it on the 2011 EP The Big 7, which will apparently be re-released under the Yo Slick name on September 7th.
The gorgeously shot 11-minute clip, which was directed by Grasshopper Philms and co-written by OOH himself, falls somewhere between a short film and a mere music video, and in some ways the seams show a little too clearly. For most of its running time, it alternates between a dialogue-driven narrative, and quick bursts of OOH performing the song, giving the whole thing a somewhat stilted rhythm. The plot, which ends with a “to be continued” screen that suggests more to come, has a bit of a political bent to it, clearly influenced by OOH’s experience working in Baltimore city schools and nonprofit youth programs. And, somewhat subversively, it’s all soundtracked by a booming track that’s primarily about how shiny the rapper’s watch is.