In the first music video from his recent Chamber #9 solo album, Inspectah Deck positioned himself as “The Terminator.” However, in a video inspired by James Cameron’s acclaimed Sci-Fi franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Rebel INS was on a personal quest to terminate the wackness plaguing Hip-Hop.
Love of culture is also at the core of second single, “Can’t Stay Away.” At a time when alternatives to live-action music videos can seem cheap or makeshift, this Shawn Johnson-directed affair is one of the better visuals using found elements lately. Images and clippings of MCs, artwork, magazines, and more resemble the adolescent bedroom wall of a Hip-Hop fiend. They also show depth and research, along with thoughtful and caring editing.
In what seems to channel Biggie’s “Juicy” in part, Deck details his love affair and lists early sources of musical inspiration. “I fiend to hear the sound through the woofer / I love Hip-Hop more than Taye and Sanaa in Brown Sugar / From Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack, Hank Love and DNA / To Awesome 2, Kid Capri, Kay Slay / Chuck Chillout, Jazzy Joyce, Jazzy Jeff / And cool DJ Red / Alert was going years I couldn’t wait to play my tape and make the block shake / Let the tape rock till the tape pop / Graffiti on my loose suit do this in my soul / Since Pete Rock and Marley Marl was In Control.” From early FM mix-shows in New York to celebrated 1990s tape-masters, Deck professes that he will adore his culture until his time on earth expires.
The chorus involves an iconic B-Boy vocal from Stetsasonic’s Daddy-O, with other bars by Method Man, The Notorious B.I.G., Cool C, Nas, Rakim, and Big Daddy Kane, among others in a cut-and-paste production by Danny Caiazzo. There are also fresh pieces of isolated video from Humpty Hump, Fab 5 Freddy, Biz Markie, and Public Enemy. Whether still or moving, the colorful and nostalgic collage matches the lyrics lovely. From Hurricane G to Jack The Rapper, INS’ references remind Heads that he’s a 25-year veteran who has paid mad dues. Moreover, this MC has penned some of the most memorable verses on the most lauded Wu-Tang albums.
Joey Bada$$ is portraying Deck in next month’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Earlier this year, the Staten Island, New York representative and his CZARFACE cohorts (7L & Esoteric) invited Ghostface Killah to the cypher for Czarface Meets Ghostface.
Chamber #9 also features Cappadonna. Last month, Deck appeared in Ghostface’s “Party Over Here” music video.