Passalacqua, Detroit’s most notorious and celebrated hip-hop duo, has just released a new music video for the single “Power,” directed by Benjamin Friedman with additional camera work by Andrew Miller [The Right Brothers]. The video was shot at Nain Rouge, in Detroit- a “do-it-yourself Mardi Gras style march, full of inside jokes and absurdity unlike anything else in Detroit.”
But- what is Nain Rouge all about, you ask?
For 300 years, on the Sunday after the Vernal Equinox, Detroiters have celebrated liberation from the Nain Rouge, the fiendish
embodiment of all that holds us back. Revelers dressed in costume converge at or near Cass Park and hope for better things for Detroit’s future, celebrating whatever is good and working in the city: happiness, success and freedom from the antagonism of the Nain in the new year.”
Unfortunately, on occasion, the Nain Rouge is able to manifest, and reveals himself to the revelers, taunting them with tales of his evil machinations and plans meant to bring the city down. Just in case, revelers are advised to come in disguise, so the Nain can’t exact revenge.”
But if the Nain does appear, a struggle will ensue as the evil red dwarf taunts revelers, challenging them to join him in Cass Park, where his ultimate plan for the city’s demise will be revealed. The epic confrontation will culminate in one decisive moment – when the future of the city hinges on whether the hopes of the gathered Detroiters can overwhelm the Nain Rouge’s dastardly plans, or whether the curse of the Nain Rouge manages to hold the city back once again.” –Nain Rouge
Detroit-based MCs Mister and Blaksmith have symbiotically stitched together keen, canny rhymes that vary in shades, inflected their own personal influences, but wrapped and worn gracefully together upon the same provocative quilt. The dynamic meshing of their respective styles is galvanized by their inventive live presentations, conceptual, theatrical, almost performance art; altogether curious and highly engaging. Audiences often exclaim that the allure is that one doesn’t know what they’ll do next. That’s what distinguishes Passalacqua; ‘Let the rap be the constant,’ Blaksmith said, ‘everything else is whatever.’” –Kresge Arts Foundation website
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