Smoke & Mirrors comes from the concept of people wearing facades, instead of baring it all and being real. We all do it in different capacities, relationships, and situations. I just wanted to make a song about it because me and some of my close friends use the phrase so often. It’s always good to be able to take something you lived, and that everyone can relate to, and put it into the music.
It’s produced by Cratez, but the outro tidbit is something my homie Jigitz cooked up for me as a small part of a larger scheme. There will be some music coming from me and him soon to follow up Make The Call , which is currently approaching 35k spins on Spotify alone.
Smoke & Mirrors is following the release of BACKPACK, pt. 1 of a film directed, and edited by Cezur himself. This visual, BACKPACK, takes place in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn, NY, and follows me and my comrades through a day in the neighborhood. As the video progresses, you notice allusions to the heist unveiled in the second installment. Instead of delving head first into the investigation of heist and the chase the follows, I wanted the viewer to get a feel of the environment and people involved- to really understand the perspective of someone coming up in these “aint-shit” neighborhoods and bring that ever present anarchy to the forefront. The opening lines epitomize the visual for me.
Mother Gaston was one of the cross streets that I went to school Elementary to Middle school and lived around the corner from. I learned and did so much over by those sides. It was important for me to mention that, and base the video off of it. I wanted to amp the vibe a bit for the second verse so I went out with my bro to Old Timers, an annual Brownsville “festival” that brings people of all ages out into the project yards, and onto the streets. I wound up in the Plaza, and 30 mins into chilling, niggas start yelling, and everybody (300+ ppl in the courtyard) starts running cause a shootout was about to bust out all while we were filming. It was so real, and so Brooklyn, I just had to cut it in. I just wanted to explain the foundations and thought process that went into developing this video.
You can download “Smoke & Mirrors” on iTunes here