Los Angeles emcee Mike Rebel follows up his “Twisted and Laidback” visual with this video of the bender from hell on “Stayin Alive/Lies.”
Taken from his upcoming January 2017 release, “The Diary of Jethro Fedora,” this Dale “Rage” Resteghini-directed depiction of addiction would have anyone running for a Betty Ford clinic. Good thing Rebel’s rehab stint is already in his rearview.
“This video is about a few nights I spent with the ‘white girl’…it’s a metaphor for my drug of choice and the hallucinations and insanity that plagued me in those times…I think a lot of my people that struggle with addiction will relate, and others will hopefully be entertained and warned with troubles I went through getting signed and having too much money in Hollywood ” this son of a militant Islamic father shares.
Discussing his upcoming project, Rebel explains:
“Jethrow is my ‘OG’. He exists and he don’t, but he does. We grew up in the jungles, South Central L.A. Behind our street on Ursula Ave, there was this old homeless cat named L’cee.
“He was a little crazy at night time and he would yell out curse words at nobody all night, but when we passed him in the day he was all there. He would say little wise comments , like advice. Mostly every Hood, or community has a Jethrow; he’s that old school logic that’s in us all that is missing in this new generation.
“In our communities, he’s there but we just need to take time and listen to him. These days too many people follow kids that don’t know shit, ain’t lived shit. Ain’t no more old songs. Just quick pleasures. ‘The Diary of Jethrow Fedora’ is my new classic s##t.”