"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." These words sum up Bash The Rappa's career. At his highest of highs, he was the underdog on the come up from a town that supported him and peers that both admired and envied him. But what happens when you start winning too much? America loves underdogs and they love a winner, but what America doesn't like is someone who wins too much. America doesn't like to see David turn into Goliath. That's when you become the villain. And for Bash The Rappa the price of his success was his transition from the hometown hero to now the villain. But how did he become the villain? This is a question Bash The Rappa sets out to explore in his new video "Letter To The Town".
"All that fake support,
This song is refreshing. In a way it humanizes Bash The Rappa. Not to say that he's never put his feelings on a track. But this feels like a different side to Bash The Rappa that is not often publicized and is mostly seen on the B-side of his projects. This track is important because many people think that to be a villain means to not also feel, to be numb to it all. But just like in the movies, when you see their origins story, you see get a glimpse into why the character is the way they are. But unlike the movies, the outcome can last longer than the 2 hour screening or as Bash raps, "It's really deeper than a song nigga"..
When it comes to bringing this video to life it's only one videographer that could pull it off. And King Spencer delivered. The video starts out from an interview from a No Plugins interview where the question is asked why he's seen as the supervillian. And one of his replies being "It's crazy cause I paved a way." This is when you realize that Bash The Rappa really is a trailblazer. The flashbacks to older videos showcase the time and the effort that he's put into his craft all while reppin' Tulsa. This video was as humbling for Bash The Rappa as it was for the haters who saw Bash The Rappa as the villain. He's apart of the town culture and the scene but it's taken time for people to learn how to support it's own. Even so, some people would ask that for an artist that has accomplished so much and looks like he is well on his way. What he possibly need from the town? His simple reply would be, "I don't need much, I just need 'em to believe".
Make sure you watch Bash The Rappa's new video "Letter to the Town" below: