The Holy Karon shoots an unholy video
Baltimore hip-hop is pretty varied, as scenes go, but the videos tend to depict the same neighborhoods in the same ways over and over. So it‚Äôs always refreshing to see something that stands out as much as The Holy Karon‚Äôs “Luci.”
In just 2 minutes and 17 seconds, the creepy Desean R-directed clip gives you a barrage of vaguely unsettling imagery as The Holy Karon (wearing a hat that says ‚ÄúFUKK‚ÄĚ) stalks train tracks at the mouth of a tunnel with a few homies (one of whom is wearing a hoodie that says ‚Äú666‚ÄĚ).
Of course, the signifiers Karon is toying with here have been present in rap music since at least the “horrorcore” of the mid-‚Äė90s, and have been in other forms of popular music for much longer. But again, in the context of Baltimore rap, it‚Äôs at least different to see an MC try to scare you with something other than gangsta rap clich√©s. Knowing the kind of questions he raises with a track like ‚ÄúLuci,‚ÄĚ The Holy Karon caps off the song with one last defiant couplet: ‚ÄúCall me devil worshipper, I laugh at you fucks/ ‚Äėcause why would we worship the devil when the devil worships us?‚ÄĚ