New Video: Rare and Trippy Hip-Hop All-Star Collaboration Meshes R&B, Soul, Synth Pop and West Coast Hip-Hop 15 years Before Their Time

Earlier this month, I wrote about Analog Brothers, a brief collaborative project featuring  Ice-T, Pimp Rex, Kool Keith, Marc Live and Black Silver that recorded an extremely rare album Pimp to Eat back in 2000; in fact, the album is so rare  that it seems that few people knew it existed. And in some way that shouldn’t be terribly surprising. According to Ice-T, the original masters of Pimp To Eat were delayed when Kool Keith’s vocal masters were stolen during the melee that followed the Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals game on June 19, 2000. Whether that event is true and stranger than fiction or if details were confused or if someone made the entire story up has yet to be determined. But it’s a real album and  Mello Music Group will be re-releasing  the album on June 10.

Now you might recall that I wrote about the re-release’s first single “We Sleep Days” feat. Jacky Jasper, a single comprised of an acid-tinged and futuristic production that paired  shimmering and oscillating synths and stuttering boom-bap beats with some of the most talented emcees out there trading fiery bars about pimping, hustling and drug dealing. Sonically, the song sounds as though it evokes a hip-hop alternate universe in which Outkast and Too Short managed to collaborate together. The album’s latest single “Country Girl” is a swooning and strutting, R&B and soul-inspired hip-hop song with a production consisting of wah wah-pedalled bass and guitar, crooned vocals around the hook and an emcee rhyming about how he found the love of his life — a country girl that’s made him give up the life of drugs, sex, partying and pimping for good. And although seemingly charming and sweet, the song possesses a sleazy undercurrent.

Directed by Rex Roland and Keith Korg, the recently released video for “Country Girl” manages to be both straightforward and yet ridiculously fun.