Maybach Music just released some visuals for Stalley‘s “Fountain of Youth,” one of the subtler cuts from their group album Self Made Vol.2 and it’s worth a watch.
Set in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, the video matches the mournful the tone of the track as the boss himself, in a softer ode to Tupac than his label’s prior effort, raps about buying whips for his label-mates and listening to Makaveli, whilst driving round the outskirts of the city in a Red ‘Rari.
Stalley and Nipsey, the stars of the show, are shown outside a corner-store, one lamenting the crack era and living in subsidized housing (“What they did with cocaine and spoons/ had the whole hood acting like goons”), the other describing the graft of the boys he grew up amongst. Nipsey, on hook duty, is in his element here, rapping in the neighbourhood where he came up about the neighbourhood he came up in.
The message couldn’t be much clearer. The contrast between the setting on one hand and the super-cars and chains on the other is glaring. It’s a fundamentally American contradiction. As Nipsey raps, “Stained glass window in the Benz/ lost in the instrumental/ keys got me sentimental” and remembers where he came from, you can’t help but think about the madness of America and the American dream.
This is the serious side of Maybach Music – the rise of men like Ross and Nipsey, the deification of Tupac, the rags to riches narrative that is enshrined in hip hop’s DNA, those left behind and those swept ahead in Maybachs – is a story for our own times. Who’d have thought MMG could tell us that?