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Raz Simone reflects on hustling days in directorial debut '8 Rangs'

Seattle’s own Raz Simone steps from behind the microphone and right into the director’s chair for his hood-inspired visual “8 Rangs,” in which he reflects on his tempestuous hustling days in the Emerald City, and his inability –at that time – to escape the aftermath and bloodshed those risks brought forth his way.

Raz Simone makes directorial debut with '8 Rangs' clip
via NPR.org

The 300 rapper, clad in a black bandanna draped cap and eight gold rings, hits the block with his crew in tow, while other portions of the candid clip shows Simone scooping up his partner-in-crime and special lady to hit their hideaway dope-house, but unfortunately for them, things take a turn for the worse as a rival crew pays Raz and company a surprise visit and, sadly, some deaths occur as a result.

After all was said and done, Simone, with his eight rings intact, feels a little remorseful for taking another man’s life in the bullet exchange, but admits he had to do what was needed to survive, and from here, his dollar-bill dreams never cease. It only gets stronger – even when you’re asleep. The track was lifted from his critically acclaimed LP, Cognitive Dissonance, which was covered here.