Quiet Storm: Advent Children
A few years after Belly was released, rumors circulated about Hype Williams directing the Speed Racer movie. Like any comic book fan, I was skeptical of such a strange pairing, but none the less interested with Joel Silver (Swordfish, The Matrix) lined up as producer. Don’t get me wrong, Hype is cool, but he’d only destroy a classic with an overload of scantily clad models (with cropped heads) and Lamborghini-doored Escalades. Thankfully, Silver wised up six years later, appointing the Wachowski Brothers of Matrix fame, to helm the long-awaited project. Phew, for a second I thought Lupe the Fiasco was on deck to take over after all the hype. I guess any hopes of rap and Japanese anime crossing over will either be left up to geeks like Mike Shinoda or end with its obsession with BAPE.
In the meantime, this mash-up video of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children over Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm” will have to suffice. This isn’t the film, nor is it the trailer. Some genius with a sick penchant for editing and a shit load of time on his or her hands pieced together scenes from the 2005 CGI flick to a score of Hav and P’s vivid imagery. You couldn’t ask for better visual parallels to lyrics like “Do things for the kids (the little duns),” or “A nigga like me hold tecs/Are you the same too?” Cool shit like this puts shame to cheap animated rap videos like 50 Cent’s “Piggy Bank,” which was a straight-up dud, even though the song itself was hot. But when you take chances with risqué lyrics against rappers (or the government, in the case of Eminem’s video for “Mosh”), a cartoon treatment is very necessary. Peep some of these clips of when rap was more animated than say, a Busta Rhymes.
Eminem “Mosh” (2004)
Eminem drops a political bomb encouraging Americans to vote during the 2004 presidential election.
50 Cent “Piggy Bank” (2005)
Fifty takes aim at his recurring hit list of floundering rappers.
Thirstin Howl III feat. Master Fool “I Still Live With My Moms” (2002)
Former graffiti artist REAS brings life to the self-proclaimed Polorican’s domestic dilemma.
2Pac “Do for Love” (1997)
’Pac appears as a cartoon and claymation character in the posthumous video.
Ghostface “Daytona 500″ (1996)
Ghostface and Raekwon kick their rhymes into high gear to the high octane action of “Speed Racer.”