(AllHipHop News) Toronto-based artist Shan Vincent De Paul is set to release his debut album Saviors this spring, but before the Sri Lankan-born rhymer lets loose the LP, he drops the stunning visuals for his track “Die Iconic.”
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“The song was written and filmed the day after my daughter was born. In a matter of just one night, I went from having nothing to lose to suddenly having everything to lose,” SVDP tells AllHipHop.com. “It was a moment of enlightenment, the outpouring of new-found strength and fearlessness to fulfill a higher purpose.”
The “Die Iconic” video was shot in one take, and features a close-up view of Shan performing the song without blinking once. He partnered with Derek DaCosta to direct the clip.
“The video was one of those unplanned, unexpected ‘lightening in a bottle’ moments where I hardly remember performing it,” SVDP explains. “After watching it, I was opposed to releasing the video at all – I worried people would feel too uncomfortable watching it. But my brother and creative partner Dex reminded me of how important it was in order for people to really understand the vulnerability of the album.”
Shan is one-fourth of the songwriting/production/art design sideways crew, a group of like-minded artists operating out of a Toronto West End studio. In addition to SVDP, sideways consists of La+ch, Michah, and Coleman Hell (of the 2015 hit “2 Heads“).
Watch AllHipHop’s premiere of Shan Vincent De Paul’s “Die Iconic” video below.