JPEGMAFIA has released the video for “1539 N Calvert,” the opener of his latest album, Veteran.
The Baltimore rapper and producer wrote the track as an ode to the Bell Foundry, the art space after which the song is named. The space was closed, as were many nationwide, following the tragic blaze that killed 36 people at the Ghost Ship, a similar DIY art space in Oakland.
The video has all the makings of a contemporary dance performance. Emotional and expressive, it’s clear that the space’s closure has had a lasting effect on the rapper.
“This video is the best re-creation of what we experienced there, but in reality, there is no way to convey that on screen. I wish I could put what I feel for The Bell into words but I’m not that smart I guess,” he commented to The Fader.
Check out the full video here: