Rasheed Chappell is a hip-hop emcee out of New Jersey/NYC. Not too long ago, he released an attention-grabbing music video for “Shorty Rock”, a narrative rap single from his “First Brick” album.

Rasheed Chappell –  “Shorty Rock” [Part 1]

“The window is smoked out, it’s dark outside. Looked around for the narcs outside. The jeep double parked in the parking lot. Like July the 4th had the sparks coming out. The god try to run but his legs gave out. Ni**a hopped out the whip, then he cocked back the fifth. Put the barrel on his lips blew the God’s frame out. [Instrument plays] And ni^^as running like roaches. Old lady hangin’ out the window like vultures.” – lyrics

The foundationDIGITAL FILMS-directed video finds Chappell, a wordsmith extraordinaire, conversing in front of a tenement apartment building with a few of his friends. He tells them a grim street tale.

The story begins when a jeep pulls up. The guy in the backseat signals over to a man conversing with Chappell. The man gives a dap to Chappell and hurries over to the jeep. When he gets there, the man in the backseat aims his gun and fires several rounds. The intended target miraculously escapes, but the shooter tracks him down and finishes the job. For some odd reason, the shooter freezes up, drops his murder weapon, and runs away.

A young man exits the building. He picks up the murder weapon and chases after the getaway jeep. He shoots at the jeep but it disappears behind tall buildings.

The cops arrive on the scene just in time to see the young man brandishing a handgun. Without asking questions, they chase him into his building with their guns drawn. When the young man is cornered, he tells them, “Don’t shoot!” This is when you can imagine Slick Rick saying, “He was only seventeen, in a madman’s dream. The cops shot the kid, I still hear him scream.” But in this case, Shorty Rock was only fourteen.

Rasheed Chappell + “First Brick”

Rasheed Chappell

“I wrote ‘Shorty Rock (Pt. 1)’ to highlight some of the violence I’ve seen and how quickly we fall into it. It’s really a cautionary tale of sorts.” – Rasheed Chappell

Shorty Rock’ contains an immaculate storyline, East Coast grimy raps, and an eerie guitar-driven instrumentation constructed by Kenny Dope. We recommend adding it to your personal playlist.


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Zangba Thomson is an award-winning author (Three Black Boys, Single Man Married Man), a celebrity blogger, conscious emcee, and biopic screenwriter. Also, he's the Editor-in-Chief and online publisher at Bong Mines Entertainment, LLC and creator of Ma Benson's 100% All-Natural Shea Body Butter. His creative works have been seen on or talked about in major media outlets such as FOX 5, NBC, Today, Fox & Friends, Kathy Lee & Hoda, ABC, and Essence Magazine to name a few. Also, not too long ago, he received a "Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition" from Congressman Charles B. Rangel for his literary achievements, commitment to strengthening our Nation, and making a difference through volunteering service in urban communities.

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