PREMIERE: Meyhem Lauren & Muggs “Camel Crush” Video

These days any MC and producer can collaborate. Home recording set-ups, high-speed net, and SoundCloud/Bandcamp make it possible for damn near anybody to act like god’s gift to hip hop. Every other day another no-name artist announces a joint project with some other no-name producer, and nobody cares. These EPs or albums tend to be slapped together quickly and the collaborators rarely meet up in person during the creative process.

Now let’s talk about how it should be. A collabo album used to be two artists with sizable fanbases uniting to create something special. It was almost always recorded together top to bottom. Now, when it comes to Meyhem Lauren and Muggs combining their talents to make dope music, this is the kind of combo MASS APPEAL can get excited about. These hip hop juggernauts spent years woking on tracks, and regardless of living on opposite coasts, got together to record whenever possible. Not only was Gems From Equinox everything we had hoped for musically, but the art was fresh, and they seem to have filmed high-quality videos for like half the cuts on the album! Surely you’ve seen “Street Religion,” “Hashashin,” “Aquatic Violence,” and “Murder Rap.”

Today this duo of legendary West Coast producer and Queens style lord unleash their visual companion to “Camel Crush.” If there is any song on Gems From the Equinox that is reminiscent of that trademark Cypress Hill sound, it’s “Camel Crush.” The ambient noise, distorted guitars, and cymbal-heavy drums that comprise the beat provide a strong foundation for Lauren to build and destroy upon. The black and white footage here is equal parts trippy and creepy. Insects, vermin, skulls, and religious icons are all superimposed over Meyhem while he spits. Press play and see how a successful meeting of the minds is executed.

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