A little over a year ago, Washington. D.C.’s Alireza301 became the first hip-hop artist to sign to pioneering extreme-metal record label Earache. Now, no longer with the label, the rapper has dropped a new mixtape, My Mother Hates When I Smoke…, which features additional production from Sango, JASON RICH, Galamatias and Rmell. One of the standout tracks is “Polyphia,” titled as such because it samples the shredtastic instrumental “G.O.A.T.” by the no-fucks-given Texan prog-metal band of that name. Today (December 2nd), the rapper has teamed with Revolver to premiere the song’s music video, which sees Alireza301 being brutally attacked by former associates until he loses consciousness, suggesting the blurred lines between friends and enemies.
“This song was written about heartbreak in a JuiceWrld type of way,” says Alireza301, who used to play guitar in the DMV metalcore band Louder Than Quiet and draws on diverse influences, from XXXTentacion to Bring Me the Horizon. “I improv’d the guitar solo immediately after the lyrics were made. When it comes the heartbreak, I have enough stories to write an entire Bible.”
Watch above, and check out Polyphia’s “G.O.A.T.” below.