Local rappers i-Dee and DéLa
It was uploaded onto YouTube on September 5. As you can see below, the visually stunning animated clip was worth the wait.
The video was directed by Ricardo Jimenez; Kevin Palmer designed the animation. It was edited by local filmmaker Matty Steinkamp with help from Kash Cole of The Stakes. The track was produced by Charlie Mumbles.
Because of the ambitious nature of the project, the video took over four months to produce
"I didn't know what I wanted," i-Dee says."I was trying to come up with something creative, and it became a lot bigger. I respect what [Palmer] does so much more."
i-Dee, whose real name is Jamal Ujania, says that this video is his way to share with the world his love of anime. The 32-year-old feels it was shunned by the hip-hop community until several years ago. As the popularity of shows like The Boondocks and Afro Samurai grew, Ujania (who also raps under i-Deezy) says he's felt more comfortable sharing his love of manga.
The track and the video feature an appearance by Raheem Jarbo, who is better known as Mega Ran. The popular local nerdcore artist contacted Ujania to collaborate on each other's projects.
"He's really eager to teach people the tricks of the trade," says Ujania. "He is like a sensei."
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"I think this project was more than we anticipated," he says.