If there is one thing I love about Alamo’s Jaah SLT, it’s his ability to effortlessly marry trap music with punk, jazz, and R&B (it’s like he’s the matchmaker of music genres). Today he’s showing off his genre matchmaking skills with “Intro/What We Do,” a new two-part music video.
Drawing sounds from punk, “Intro” is an aggressive assertion of Jaah’s towering confidence. In the video, a furious Jaah shakes his blonde dreads in front of a series of evolving backdrops, from a yellow soundstage that echoes the color scheme of parent album 9-25-20 to an ice blue environment and a packed concert venue. “What We Do,” the second part of this distinct visual palette, offers a more contemplative visual accompaniment to a trap ballad. Jaah brings forth his softer side by filling the frames with images of nature, including a flourishing garden and beanstalks that stretch to the sky, and with oil paintings of Jaah himself (adding moving lips to the still images in a manner that evokes the opening credits of Spongebob Squarepants— one of Jaah’s favorite shows).
“Intro/What We Do” follows the video for “Right Now,” which features an appearance from Young Nudy and is also a highlight track from Jaah’s recent project 9-25-20. Alternating lurching monster-movie instrumentals and hypnotic vibe-setters, 9-25-20 finds the 20-year-old rapper showing off his athletic rhymes, stacking boasts together in sing-song cadences as he slices through any beat that he encounters. Lyrically, the Alamo Records signee swaps witty quips with confident assertions that he’s destined for great things. The tape features previously released highlights like “Out Of My Body“ (116k views) and the come-up anthem “Grimey.” The 20-year-old’s second project of 2020, 9-25-20 features appearances from SLT crewmembers Sleep Walkin SLT, Nsikan SLT, and Loweye SLTand is available everywhere via Alamo Records.