Are you ready for the crazy crisp-tender bites of the “Mongolian Beef”? East Coast hip hop supergroup CZARFACE and the biggest success from Wu-Tang Clan Ghostface Killah teamed up and cook a special receipt only for you. This is not the debut collaboration of them. Their first collabo could be dated back to 2014 when “Savagely Attack” birthed as a banger. Produced by The Czar-Keys (7L&Jeremy Page), the 12 full tracks album Czarface Meets Ghostface will fulfill fans’ musical desire and make the long waiting worthy.
The new single “Mongolian Beef” served as steak gets coated in a bold sticky sauce, savory and flavorful in this record. Ghostface Killah maintains his stream-of-consciousness style by incorporating narrative lyrics, CZARFACE wings his arms with the comic imagination. The new music video of “Mongolian Beef” directed by Shawn A. Johnson matches the idea of comic-inspired rap. Just as every comic story, Every Hero Needs a Villain, “Mongolian Beef” brags and boasts the story of villains and heroes under the doomsday scenario. This is not the first time Czarface inspired by comic vintage, he released cartoon-y video for “Metal with Metal” last year, he also released the superhero-themed song “Ka-Bang” featuring DOOM back to 2015.
However, the two rappers are seemingly not satisfied with the legacy they left before, they consistently combine the comic elements with hip hop music and even try to push the combination to a next-level art fusion. The new music video lights the sparks of smashing American comic books to Asian comics. There are many details we can dig in the video, such as the mixture of the American superhero theme and Shaolin Kungfu, the poisoned Asian food truck, the American fast food representatives “McDumbass”, those detailed elements are laid out for the superhero-theme battles which continue as a chapter of comic story after Czarface and MF DOOM Meets Metal Face. The chaotic but creative illustrations in the video consort admirably with flow, rhythm and punchlines and directly shove to people. The music video of “Mongolian Beef” leverages the song, all the magazine cut-outs, Wu-Tang rap, the booming beats and animated video bring us back to early 00s charm, it is nostalgia Wu-Tang track but in new generation under the prevalence of illustration and graphic design. Overall, thee video actually brings some fresh air to the song. Now, you can enjoy your beef below.
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