Five Steez & Mordecai have unveiled a music video for True Original from their album Love N Art, released in February on all digital platforms. The mostly black-and-white visual, shot and directed by Scotty Dreamkiller, features colourful illustrations that complement Five Steez in his animated mode of performance.
“Scotty has been working with me and Mordecai since 2016’s HeatRockz and we always try to push the envelope a bit with how we represent the music visually,” says Five Steez. “We did different things with previous videos like Dirty Couch and True School, so we wanted to try something new with True Original as well.” While Five Steez has released a barrage of content on social media recently, True Original is the first official music video. It is also the first single, which was released in September, from Love N Art.
On True Original, Five Steez shares his reality of balancing life and music while pursuing his destiny. Backed by rugged drums and trance-like music laced with female vocals, Steez relays his journey in fulfilling his musical ambitions. The hungry wordsmith also stakes his claim to the game, clearly demonstrating he is in a lane and league of his own.
Love N Art is the second project from Five Steez & Mordecai, with the first being HeatRockz. The two have since operated as a rapper and producer duo. Steez describes Love N Art, which features 9 tracks of jazzy and soulful boom-bap Hip Hop, as his most honest and personal project. “I believe it is my best body of work thus far and the music is very universal because of the sound and the message,” he says.
Since 2010, Five Steez has released a variety of mixtapes, albums and EPs, including the three-volume Momentum mixtape series with DJ Ready Cee, 2012’s War for Peace, 2014’s These Kingston Times and 2016’s HeatRockz. In 2017, he featured heavily on the album Nothing Else Matters as part of the four-member Kingston and New York-based collective, The Council, which also comprises Nomad Carlos, The Sickest Drama and Inztinkz.