So over 10,000 views and a month later here is the full manifestation of Benin City’s spoken word roots realised with the help of James Massiah in his abstract take on Benin City’s twisted love story.
Massiah’s Baby Pt. II video adds a cool dimension to the song with its 90s era hip hop feel with some unexpected visual twists. You’ll see new things every time you watch it.
Yomi ‘Greeds’ Sode‘s Baby Pt. I offers us a more literal vision of the song’s sensibility with a brutal depiction of love’s effects. The video, which is more like a mini film than your average video minus any possible cheesiness, bad lighting or shoddy editing, features amazing chemistry between Greeds and his lovely co-star Alesha Pryce and a convincing portrayal of a relationship that is ultimately memorable.
The amount of thought that has gone into these collaborations definitely bears well for the future of spoken word and shows that its vitality is intertwined with not only music but multimedia in general in a way traditional literature can’t replicate or access as successfully.