Riky Rick’s Ex­o­dus

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When this man dropped his al­bum Fam­ily Val­ues, the streets went crazy for it. Riky Rick be­came a house­hold name on the lo­cal mu­sic scene in a short time and now he’s back with a new short film/ex­tended mu­sic video that may lead some to won­der whether it is Riky Rick whose tal­ents are un­de­ni­ably ill or those of his dancers, pro­duc­ers and reg­u­lar col­lab­o­ra­tor, the ex­tra­or­di­nary di­rec­tor Kyle Lewis.

The im­agery in Ex­o­dus is hon­estly some of the dopest you will see from any rap­per, or di­rec­tor, in this coun­try. The ’hood scenes and gang stand­offs make for very raw view­ing, along with a stand­out chap­ter called Power, in which Lewis uses a kalei­do­scope ef­fect on rub­bish at a dump to make some rather twisted im­ages that leave quite an im­pres­sion.

Some of the best parts of Ex­o­dus are when Riky Rick isn’t even spit­ting a sin­gle word and the pro­duc­ers and mu­si­cians he works with are af­forded space for their

GRITTY

This eight-minute mu­sic video/short film is well worth the watch

VISU­ALLY STUN­NING Riky Rick’s short film is writ­ten and di­rected by Kyle Lewis

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