Rabbi Darkside Explores Subway Paranoia on "See Something Say Something" Video

Broadcasting live from the front stoop of the house on 18th Street in Brooklyn that he calls home, rapper Rabbi Darkside has filmed some stirring visuals to the song "See Something, Say Something" from his recently released Prospect Avenue album. Produced by A Love Supreme Productions, the flick opens with a passenger stepping down the stairs at the Prospect Avenue R train subway station only to enter an eerie subterranean world littered with suspicious backpacks and a bunch of stereotypical subway straphangers including a demonic banker. To this Rabbi Darkside begins his tirade by spitting, "We all on the same train once the engine's moving/ But never subject to the same search and intrusion." What then follows is a stream of commentary that references subway attacks in Barcelona, Tokyo, London and Athens, paranoid profiling from passengers, and the observation "We're mechanized to recognize anything that ain't Westernized."

Rabbi Darkside has said that his new album is hooked around "my stories of teaching, learning and evolving in new millennium Brooklyn: an homage to New York City offered in a time of distress, a love letter laced with co-dependence, a tribute to social and civil servants, a prayer for students and teachers." "See Something, Say Something" fits smartly into the template, with the rapper concluding the song with the plea, "Remember this, suspicious is a state of mind/ Try opening your eyes, and saying hi." Nicely, the "See Something, Say Something" video then ends with Rabbi Darkside holding up a ballon emblazoned with a message to save the legal 5 Pointz graffiti hub in Long Island City, Queens.