Underground lyricist El Gant is back with the visuals for his previously released single "Leave It Alone". The DJ Premier-produced jam is as hard-hitting as they come and it's complete with brooding piano stabs, thick basslines and that classic head-nodding boom-bap drum grooves. As the title suggests, El Gant implores the opposition to stay clear as his quick-witted bars and flawless delivery proceed to lacerate the thumping backdrop provided for him. El is in his element here as he weaves through the beat with lines like "Treat the game like a mountain climber, trying to know the rope/ focused scope, everybody talking 'bout what they supposed to I supposed to play it close" and Preem ties it up with his signature cuts.
The video is directed by The Last American B-Boy, who brings his unique vision to the narrative-driven single that focuses on El Gant in the role of ‘90s action hero, a tortured soul looking to rescue the children and save them from the ills of the world. In this case, the ills are all the screens that so many of us are inundated with on a daily basis, from TVs and smartphones to computer monitors and tablets. For the emcee, it’s keeping us from thinking for ourselves, instead succumbing to being trained by what we see. It makes for a stirring viewing experience and one that couldn’t be more timely.
The single is from El Gant’s latest album, O.S.L.O. The ten-track album boasts guest appearances by Ras Kass, Killah Priest, Planet Asia, King Magnetic and more, and includes production supplied by Marco Polo and J57, in addition to Preem, among others.
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