Out of force of habit, I almost typed “[New Music]” in the title to this post, before remembering that this video, while new, is for a song that is now 12 years old, and while undoubtedly new to most of our readers, is not new to Reef the Lost Cauze‘s dedicated fanbase. For Christmas this year, Reef is releasing a remastered deluxe edition of his 2001 debut album, The High Life, an album so underground that a streaming-only Bandcamp page and references to it in Reef’s bio are the primary evidences to its existence online. Using some footage from the upcoming Reefumentary about the making of the album as well as recent clips of a day hanging out with producer Sleep-E and the children they’ve had in the intervening years, the video for “Impregnable” provides a poignant yet hilarious perspective on what it means to be over a decade deep in underground hip-hop. Like the rap version of punk documentary The Other F Word, “Impregnable” deals with the realities of being a parent who makes music normally associated with adolescent rage: the clip plays an edited version of a song whose hook contains the lyric “I’ll eat your kids, I’ll eat your motherf***ing kids” while riding around a minivan with the artist’s son and his producer’s children.
Unlike Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, who said he now wants to sound like The Jonas Brothers because that’s what his kids like, however, the editing seems to be Reef’s only concession to toning it down. While this might be seen as a stubborn refusal to move on from past glories, an accusation often all too accurate in the underground hip-hop community, one of the video’s interludes has Reef shocked that Sleep-E doesn’t realize that carnivals move on, and the one they went to ten years ago is no longer in the same place. While clearly proud of his exploits, Reef remains an MC with a sharp focus on the present, having recently switched up his sound with the eclectic Reef the Lost Cauze is Dead, available for free from mixtape giants Datpiff, and contributing to not one but two albums for supergroup Army of the Pharaohs coming out in 2014. Find out where it all started by copping The High Life when it drops later this month!
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC