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Shot in Tucson, Walz's new video uses strong imagery to look at the oppression of indigenous peoples.
Hip Hop legend C-Rayz Walz just released a new music video for his 2003 track "Dead Buffalos" and some familiar sights are prominently featured in the video. Filmed around Tucson, the video for the song off of Walz's "Ravipops" album features local artist Rock Martinez's murals and Zoe boutique on Fourth Avenue.
Working as producer, director, and editor, Walz made the video as an extension of Sun Cycle Industries, his record label. The Bronx native plans on making more videos in his part-time home Tucson for Sun Cycle Films in the future.
The song itself is a biting commentary on the treatment of native peoples and the video uses a few different visuals to express that. According to Sun Cycle Industries manager Anna Schindler, Walz connected with the subject matter personally.
"Walz is African American, which consists of mixed ancestry. The song and video are meant to tell the story of oppressed and indigenous people everywhere," she says. "The same story could be told for African Americans and slavery in this country."
Here's C-Rayz Walz's "Dead Buffalos" video: