Premiering this week on RFT Music is Mir's new video for his song "Portal Music," which was released in March. The video is a gripping, powerful piece of work directed and filmed on the desolate streets of downtown St. Louis at night by Louis Quatorze.
Its protagonist is played by Vaughn Davis, an artist and student at Webster University. In November, Davis spent four days with his leg chained to a 28-pound cinder block — a piece of performance art that served as the inspiration for the video. "I’m attempting to visually show the weight a black student carries with them, or any student of color, on a daily basis,” Davis told the Webster Journal at the time.
In the video, he is besieged by traps and temptations in the form of a menacing masked figure offering drugs, alcohol and gang life. "Peer pressure whispering sweet nothings in my ear, making it hard to hear me think," MME's Mir begins while Davis drags his weight behind him. A darkness seems to follow the young man, and as Mir raps over a sedated but ominously beautiful beat by St. Louis' Michael Franco, Davis is swallowed by it, the arch visible in the distance.
"First blunt smoked; tenth blunt smoked. You high yet?"