BR/NDO - Been Through (Video by Dojobeats)
Our friend and DustyINTL community member @Dojobeats sent us this video for BR/NDO's new single which he shot on a recent trip to Tokyo. The video follows Richmond, CA rapper BR/NDO through the neon lit Tokyo streets set to the sounds of his most recent track "Been Through". We loved the pairing of audio and visuals and decided to share it with the DustyINTL community.
BR?NDO and Dojobeats provided us both with a quote about their most recent project.
"Rap is an attempt to use word and sound to transmit thought and feeling. And, in life, my thoughts and feelings tend to ping-pong between polar opposites - optimism and pessimism, hope and despair, loving myself and hating myself. The songs that I make usually reflect this bipolar nature. There's a play between light and dark. In 'Been Through' the words are optimistic, but the beat is dark and the narrator's life is unsatisfying. He fantasizes about escaping it through starting a business with friends, but how often do these things work?" -BR/NDO
"When I first listened to BR/NDO's 'Been Through' about three months ago, my mind quickly gravitates towards a visual narrative heavily in slow motion. Around that time, I was inspired by a lot of artist such as Wong Kar Wai, Wing Shya, Park Chan Wook (director of OldBoy), and local photographer Jeffrey Chery's "Neon Soul" project, who all had a natural ability to create profound night-life mood. That moment on, I knew I had to fly out to Tokyo to create a content that will bring out the narrative of BR/NDO's music. Upon arrival to Tokyo, what I realized is that no matter how illuminated and colorful Tokyo nightlife is, there seems to be apparitions of grey expressions lingering in many Tokyo residents. Whether it be the stressful work life of Japanese salary men or other social conditions that I'm well uninformed, the tension that I perceived were evident. Seeing how BR/NDO's music centralize heavily on themes of polarity, I knew Tokyo was the perfect atmosphere to pair both visuals and audio." - Vincent (Dojobeats)