Jae Skeese has spent plenty of time proving himself: signed to Conway the Machine’s Drumwork Records imprint, the fellow Buffalo artist has torn across tracks from multiple Conway projects, making a serious impression on both From a King to a God and La Maquina.
On the road for Conway’s Love Will Get You Killed Tour, Skeese has been exclusively selling his debut mixtape, Revolver Ocelot, at the merch table during shows. That is, until recently, when he unleashed the project via Audiomack, sharing it with the masses.
Now, in support of the project, Beats Per Minute is very pleased to premiere the video for project highlight “Mandarin Manuscript”.
As the song’s title readily implies, it boasts some Wu-Tang flavor, but above all, it’s Skeese’s show. “This is art,” he insistently declares, taking on the seemingly never-ending treatment of hip hop as a product before artistry. It’s an earnest moment of hard-earned perspective, with Skeese speaking on having quit drinking alcohol so it didn’t affect his writing, among many other open insights. It’s crammed with so many witty bars that it’s futile to choose a few: you simply need to take it all in.
The video finds him romping through China Town, as well as developing film in a dark room, feeling at home within his rhyming. Check it out below.
It’s all in preparation of his proper debut LP, Abolished Uncertainty, executive produced by Conway and out soon via Drumwork.