Big Boi‘s second studio album, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, was packed with all-star features ranging from A$AP Rocky to Little Dragon and delivered a rich spread of tonal influences. One of the album’s standout tracks was the penultimate song, a Bosko feature dubbed “Tremendous Damage,” which has received a new music video and edit.
The music video version trims some of the spacey outro, placing the focus on Bosko’s soulful chorus and Big Boi’s introspective verses. Why release a clip for a nearly-eight-year-old song? “The song spoke to me because there’s a lot of people out here that are losing loved ones, and the song’s about somebody who lost somebody,” Big Boi tells Complex, which premiered the new video. “It’s dedicated to my father. It’s called “Tremendous Damage,” and right now the world is experiencing tremendous damage. I just wanted to speak to my people.”
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) November 12, 2016
More imagery of Big Boi’s father was added to the clip, which originally featured entirely on the rapper rhyming in front of a waterfall. This addition, plus the film borders, lend the clip a contemplative feel that underscores the sense of mourning imparted by “Tremendous Damage”‘s lyrics. “Music, to me, is basically a form of therapy for me so that’s how I kinda treat myself to healing,” Big Boi told Yahoo! in 2013. “I go into music. … to just get it all out on wax I’m using my true feelings.”
Watch the new video above and listen to the album version of “Tremendous Damage” below for the original outro.
Recently, HYPEBEAST reflected on an earlier era of Big Boi’s musical output, as part of a roundup of other-worldly, escapist music videos.