The Wu-Tang Clan are among the most visual MCs in hip-hop, so when three of the members get together for a video, fans should expect nothing short of cinéma vérité.
Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man were all on set in Brooklyn, New York, last week where the trio filmed the clip for "Our Dreams." The Michael Jackson-sampled production is the lead effort from their collaborative Wu-Massacre album. For the video, Shaolin's finest turned to Rik Cordero (Nas, Snoop Dogg, Consequence) to work the camera.
Cordero previously helmed production for a series of Wu-Massacre promotional clips based on the movie "Se7en" — each bit featured the rappers in their own solo trailers. The idea was such a hit that Def Jam commissioned the director to take the lead on "Our Dreams."
For the video, he followed the original premise behind the promos and carried out the story he introduced by showing the downfall of each artist's actions.
"In the trailers, they each do acts based on the signs," Cordero told MTV News from the set. "In this video they get caught and go into flashbacks where they remember the people close to them."
Raekwon praised Cordero's high-minded concept.
"We're pioneers, but at the same time we're technicians when we make albums," Raekwon said of the clip.
Ghostface has worked with Cordero in the past and was easily onboard with the concept.
The plot features Ghost, Rae and Meth being pinned for some heinous acts committed in an unidentified inner-city domain. Their crimes are based in part on the seven deadly sins. The Wu gambinos are on the lam but are eventually caught when clues lead to their downfall.
"Rik, he came up," Ghost said. "I saw the trailer and it looked like a movie."
Although Wu-Tang infighting has threatened past projects, Ghost said he, Rae and Meth remain focused on the Wu-Massacre project.
"It was like, stay together no matter what," he said of promoting the album. "And we can walk this dog."