Break out your puffy jackets, baseball bats and 40 below Timbs. Brooklyn Emcee Qu3st is resurrecting the spirit of 88 with his latest video, “Revolutionary Affiliates”. The video, Directed by No Sleep Production’s Kweyah Bedell, is a nostalgic throwback to the way Hip-Hop videos used to be; hard beats and rhymes personified upon a gritty city backdrop.
Qu3st rocks hard over The Skull Snaps’ head nodding break, “It’s A New Day” (one of my all-time favorites), flipping lyrics like kids during that era flipping on dirty mattresses in vacant lots. His punchline laden verses are potent and his flow would make most Backpackers proud. The only drawback in this video is the level of Qu3st’s enthusiasm. Just check out his body language. It looks like he’s not really into it. You may think that’s a bit hypercritical, but if you want people to pay attention you have to make it easy for them. If not, you’ll become a thing of the past real quick. However, I give Qu3st mad props for bringing the bat back to videos. It almost felt like watching an old Naughty by Nature video (minus the intensity).
All in all, I really like the video despite its drawbacks. I’m a huge fan of late 80’s early 90’s Hip-Hop and Qu3st is definitely keeping that spirit alive. Note to Qu3st: Consumers will always desire to be consumed. Consume them with 100% of your entertaining commitment. Tune in, check out the vid and most importantly, Enjoy!
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