Quelle Chris isn’t your everyday rapper – the veteran artist has made a name for himself by propelling his uniquely torqued display of hip-hop to the forefront of underground artistry. Infusing a weird underlay of dark and satirical humor within a variety of his works, Chris impresses anytime he’s on the mic. Quelle Chris returns with a self-produced and self-directed visual for “Obamacare,” the latest single off his upcoming album Guns.
In a press release, Chris states that the concept of the track and visual came about when he was in Oakland:
I was working with Chris Keys and Sean 5ill (Roger Billagio from Being You Is Great). Keys was doing an unintentional bit as an angry drum instructor that led to some amazing breaks. Once the drums existed the homeless samples basically fell into place. Keys then added his amazing piano but the real star of the song (besides my bars), the real cherry on top, the Vanjie Drag Race exit was the final edition. The bassline laid down by Keys. The rest is history. Plus I’d like to think of my music as free healthcare for all.
The tracks soundscapes provide an underlying feeling of anxiety, with the piano and off-kilter melodies echoing a sense of eeriness and uneasiness. The self-directed and self-animated visual by Chris helps in showcasing this, scrapbooked together with various crude visuals and cut-outs that highlight Chris’ love for Sesame Street shorts on PBS.
“It’s one of my favorite songs on the album so I figured doing collage work in the style of my favorite era of animation was fitting,” he said. “About 95% of the video was taken from the pages of archived magazines.”
You can listen to “Obamacare” and watch the accompanying visual above. His upcoming album Guns is slated to drop March 29 via Mello Music Group. Guns is his first album since last year’s Jean Grae collab Everything’s Fine and his first solo album since 2017’s Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often.
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