Local rapper Case Bargé makes music that’s conscious, passionate and determined; he’s even drawn comparisons to acts such as Andre 3000, Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar.
Last year, he issued a music video for “Manifest,” a tune that addresses issues such as politics, religion and “today’s media.”
Now, he’s just issued “You & I,” a new music video that’s just as profound. At nearly ten minutes, it’s practically a short film.
“The song came from a time in my life when I was depressed and at a lower state,” he explains. “I reminded myself that no matter what I’m going through, I’m not alone. I wanted to put that in a song so everyone can relate to it. No matter what stage you’re in, you need to continue to strive.”
Shortly after he wrote the song, he started thinking of the concept for the music video idea and even penned a script for it.
“I went deeper into the writing and there will be more to come feeding off that visual. The idea is the same thing,” he says. “It’s about not getting down on yourself and beating yourself up but rather embracing your surroundings and appreciating the people who are there. With the three friend idea in the video, I use my personal life and play off that. It’s about how kids who suffer with mental depression and illness, turn to drugs and turn to things outside of themselves and their inner circle. [The film's lead character] Chloe is still trying to find herself but feels there is something wrong with her and she’s searching outside of herself to fulfill herself.”
Bargé directed it as well, and Bolo handled the editing.
“Bolo is an old friend of mine, and we shot some other things that didn’t work, but I trusted him on this project and at the end of it, I was very pleased, and it came to life exactly as I imagined it,” he says.
The founder of Alls Lost Outside Our Fantasy (ALOOF Recs), a creative collective and independent music label, Bargé aims to “inspire and raise levels of consciousness through his creations by guiding those who are distracted by what is sold and exploited in today's mainstream music and media.” W
Bargé is currently in the studio prepping the EP Transcend, which will include “You&I,” and serve as a rollout to the three-part project, Mind, Body, Soul.