See the White Mandingos Look for Trouble in ‘The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me’
Murs, Bad Brains bassist, and Ego Trip dude prep June LP
At the top of the month, we met the White Mandingos, a bizarrely named group whose membership is equally out-there: Los Angeles undie-rap mainstay Murs, Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, and Ego Trip writer Sacha Jenkins. Their debut single bears the same name as their forthcoming debut album: The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me, out June 11 on Fat Beats. That titular track is itself a mélange of influences — brazen punk-rock, confident hip-hop, and satire of various stripes (musical, political, racial) — and it now has a video to match courtesy of director Jason Goldwatch. The clip features Murs in a studded leather jacket, sporting gold chains and a furry hat, riding around in a busted old car that only seems to brake for attractive women (eating fried chicken) and officers of the law (also played by Murs). Even through the playfulness and irony, these fellas’ #swag shines through.