David Ramos, wordy bastard, aka king of emotionally open, touching and honest rap music, give us a new video for the track, “Here We Sit,” off of his last release Sento La Tua Mancanza. The video takes us inside a hospital room, a place where time often ceases to exist. There is a lucid quality to it that flirts with the line between dreams and reality, thoughts and events, what’s actually happening and what we feel like should be. Director and an all around character in his own right, Shamane, edits us us into those glitchy synapses between what we see and what we feel and what we remember and the randomness of being in a room where for many life either begins or ends. You’re either coming out of that room with a new life, or minus one that was cherished. As a dad and grown ass man, I’ve been in both situations. The joy of welcoming your child, juxtaposed by the terror, confusion and sadness of losing a loved one.
David Ramos is a master at making hip hop uncomfortable for some. We are all too comfortable in our radio preset bubbles, our formulas. Like a real artist, David writes from a place that I believe he finds most troubling about himself. Sometimes it’s hard to listen to, and I definitely don’t have him in my “party, party, blow and vagina” iTunes mix (a real thing!). But I also haven’t taken Sento La Tua Mancanza out of my cd changer since I got my chubby fingers on it. I think the reason is because Ramos is a writer and artist first, and while he has the chops, being a dickheaded rapper takes a back seat to that.