Revered Buffalo rapper Conway The Machine unveils the enthralling new video for his Jill Scott collaboration “Chanel Pearls,” out today via Shady/Interscope Records. The track features Jill Scott’s first official rap verse of her career and her first video appearance since 2015. Watch the video HERE. The clip brings to life the intense introspection of the standout from God Don’t Make Mistakes, Conway’s acclaimed February album.
Directed by Davi X. Pena and Chad Tennies, the video is an ode to relationships that sustain and nurture. “You always held me down,” Conway raps as the camera moves through a stately mansion that is nevertheless filled with shadows. “You knew me back when I ran the street.” Philadelphia neo-soul icon Scott, whose verse celebrates the same connectivity (“Intense, some would call it symbiotic”), joins Conway in one of its rooms — each artist draped in a luxurious fur. Jill follows up her rap verse with a soulful-oozing melody that only Scott can deliver.
Over the past decade, Conway has distinguished himself as one of the most vital voices in underground hip-hop. In 2014, he helped launch Griselda Records alongside his half-brother, Westside Gunn, and cousin, Benny the Butcher. What followed was a slew of mixtapes that revealed Conway as one of the most technically precise MCs of his generation, a rapper’s rapper who wielded that technique to detail painful moments from his past and shine light on the conditions in his beloved hometown of Buffalo, NY.
It wasn’t long before that talent translated into broader appeal. In 2017, Griselda signed with Eminem’s Shady Records, and Conway’s heightened profile allowed him to trade bars with some of the most venerated rappers on the planet, from Styles P and the late Prodigy to the Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon. His Shady debut, God Don’t Make Mistakes, was released to critical acclaim from publications including Pitchfork, who called it Conway’s “most personal project to date.”
Conway now shows us another aspect of his artistry in the decadent yet meaningful visual for “Chanel Pearls” featuring the incomparable Jill Scott.
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