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West Coast Rapper A-1 Tells Story Of Love Gone Wrong In New Visual


20 August 2013 No Comment

You may know A-1 from his internet-famous debut mixtape  After School Special or his equally well-received 2011 follow-up The Book Of Adam.  After releasing his latest mixtape  The Thurl Tape last fall, A-1 is back with a new video.  The video for “Retinas,” featuring singer Xiomara, tells a narrative of a relationship’s gradual descent and eventual collapse with A-1 rapping all the verses but speaking from the point of view of himself for the first half of the song and from her side for the hook and final verse.

The video, directed by Alexander Weinberg, shows the rapper acting out an “abstract representation of the story.”  The theme of the track is something A-1 knows about from firsthand experience.  “I wrote this based on a real experience I went through.  The song tells the story of a man who is in a good relationship with a great woman but sabotages it because he’s insecure about himself, his career, and his future” the rapper explains.  “She didn’t do anything to deserve being broken up with after devoting so much time and energy to nurture their relationship and is resentful.”

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