Tension. Behind Deniro Farrar's chill exterior is a mind churning with turmoil. This is a man who has lived it, and rhymes with candid honestly about growing up in struggle. The self-proclaimed patriarch of cult rap has released a new music video for the song “This is It” from his collaboration with Seattle's Blue Sky Black Death. Most of the video's crisp and stylishly edited footage was shot at the March instalment of San Francisco's underground ritual music night, 120 Minutes, which showcases the west coasts best dark beats and occult dance music every month.
The lineup for March's show featured both Deniro and BSBD, along with Child Actor as an opening act, and mix sets from DJ's Chauncy CC and Marco Vega. I had no idea what to expect, having never attended one of these kvlt shyt parties on the west coast (or like… ever been to California before), but the production delivered on all counts, and it turned out to be an incredible show. The venue was prime, the crowd was a slick blend of witchy divas in hooded shrugs, and casual heads, in straight brimmed snapbacks and North Face Highland jackets. Meanwhile, Erik & Adam from FutureWeapons produced the lights and sounds, and kept the scene intense.
The highlight of the night was the performance of the Clif of Death EP, in its entirety, with the ensemble of Child Actor, BSBD and Deniro commanding the stage for the second half of their set.
Available as a free download from BandCamp, the Clif of Death EP is the studio collaboration between Blue Sky Black Death and Deniro Farrar, with guest appearances from Child Actor and the rapper (and frequent BSBD collaborator) Nacho Picasso. The seven track EP is a stark portrait of Deniro's life, struggles, past. His raw, snarling vocals and candid lyrics deliver a narrative of crisis, and determination to right himself after a past spent selling drugs as a youth in Charlotte, North Carolina. There's no glamor in the things Farrar has to tell us; it's a cruel place, and his grim honestly delivered alongside the sometimes sinister and tense, sometimes vulnerable and hopeful audio production from BSBD will deliver you right there to walk the streets at night with him. The album is constantly finding itself on repeat in my headphones, and it’s a definite must listen if you've ever been interested in the rap cult of cult rap.