IllSide Radio: Return of IllSide Radio & All Eyes on Ferguson
November 30, 2014 – 10:34 PM | No Comment

The supreme team returns to dish on the latest in Ferguson and if Rick Ross’ career is nearing the end.

Read the full story »
Album Review
Planet Ill Breakdown
IllSide Radio
Home » Music, Planet Ill Breakdown

Video Vision: Japanese Cartoon Drops Vid for Heirplanes

Submitted by on October 15, 2010 – 9:28 AMNo Comment

By Odeisel

Lupe Fiasco has been a hero to the Hip-Hop underground since he started dropping those 1st and 15th mixtapes and Chilly needed to be freed. He’s evolved as an artist possessing perhaps the most complete set of tools of any rapper in his generation, yet he still stands in limbo, with the release of his third album L.A.S.E.R.S. pushed back like the hairline of Kojack for a couple years, fans have to settle for morsels here and there with a couple guest spots and the odd released single.

If you are able to stretch outside of your rap boundaries, Lupe has actually been a bit busy. A few months ago he dropped an album with a group Japanese Cartoon, inspired by anime and Japanimation. Their EP, In The Jaws of The Lords of Death, is mostly a blend of Rock and Electronic rhythm, with high-paced delivery, and a Lupe weirdly possessed of a faux British Clock Word Orange-ish accent at times.

With a name like Japanese Cartoon, don’t you HAVE to have a video? Of course you do! The somber bit-bass minimalist beginnings “Heirplanes” explodes into Rock mania with mentions of dowries for Medusa, pistols and poisons and destruction and soundless fireworks. Lyrically, it’s still Lupe and that dense structure is always present but in this context he has a bit more room creatively. The video, directed by 13th Witness, is every bit as dark as the song, with forest imagery, the principals draped in darkness, and wolf-packing marauders led by Lupe in vampire-like formation hunting hapless campfire honeys. The visuals are hauntingly visceral with the victim being turned to the dark side and eventually hunting down a Samaritan.

The combination of song and scenery should be enough to satiate Fiasco fanatics. It is a step left but this video with the song absolutely works. “Heirplanes” is more than a suitable distraction while Atlantic ducks those laser shots. Enjoy.

Follow Us on Twitter @

Follow Odeisel on Twitter @

Join Us on the Planet Ill Facebook Group for more discussion

Follow us on Networked Blogs

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.