The triple video release for Lamborghini Angels, ITAL (Roses), and Audobon Ballroom lands, as three of the more likeable tracks from F&L 2: The Great American Rap Album are compiled into an exceptional visual. There’s so much messaging here that I can’t possibly do it full justice in this space, so let’s try something new. Click below for my brief reviews on each of the three segments.
ITAL follows with a child watching the previous video on a screen, a clear indictment on what youth are exposed to, and led to believe is of value and worth chasing. A racial element becomes apparent, as the young black child is handcuffed away, and another kid steps in to watch less glorified scenes of a seemingly more fulfilling nature- I say seemingly, as even then, the implication of control and mental programming still feels present, but with what would be viewed as a more ‘wholesome’ outcome.
Audubon Ballroom closes with adults arguing over what the child is watching, with various influential groups on children represented, displaying conflicting values with one another. Of course, rather than acting on the problems, they argue amongst one another, escalated into a heated issue that stops becoming about its original focus- it’s an explicit socio-political commentary on both adult nature and governmental in-fighting, and its place at the end of the clip essentially ties back to the first video in terms of suggesting where the root of the problem lies.
It all ends rather cleverly with Lupe’s appearance at the end as one of the characters (I won’t spoil it), that itself being a reference back to the self-damage folk of a particular race can cause (I’ve probably spoiled it). It’s an excellent triple header that follows a logical, escalating sequence with fantastic messaging throughout, and one that’s in keeping with the songs, and Lupe’s intelligent nature. One of his best video releases to date, without question.