Hip-hop recording artist D. Edge is back and ready to attack alongside producer Woodro Skillson and videographer JCinque for their stimulating new music video for "Shadow Clone Jutsu."
D. Edge is a Brooklyn-based emcee who's had poetry and freestyling coursing through his veins from a young age. He's a wildly experimental act and definitely one to keep an eye on. He can rap about anything he puts his mind to, constantly proving that he's a timeless and timely artist all at once.
Recently releasing his new music video for "Shadow Clone Jutsu," the song and his recent project 'BARUTO UZUMAKI' is the artist's take on the popular anime series Naruto. He teamed up with the innovative New Jersey producer Woodro Skillson who's worked with notable acts like Jhene Aiko, MGK, Kid Cudi, and Dai Burger.
Shooting the music video was none other than Brooklyn-based videographer and entrepreneur JCinque, who's established his brand The CREAM and worked with BET, MTV, Hypebeast, A$AP Ferg, and many more.
Touching on the music video for "Shadow Clone Jutsu," the boys instantly take us to a party we wish we were invited to. In the open purple fields lies a crew that's ready to turn up. D Edge wastes no time flooding the scene with his dominant and powerful bars that shake our speakers alongside Woodro Skillson's fiery production.
JCinque's complex and dizzying shots are everything we expect from kickass modern visuals; he perfectly portrays the heat and energy of the song while following around D. Edge, who leaves a trail of smoke behind him. We can honestly say that everybody showed up and did their part perfectly in this single and music video; even the extras know how to keep the party alive.
Get your dose of stimulation through D. Edge's latest music video for his hit, "Shadow Clone Jutsu," now available on YouTube. Make sure to keep up with D. Edge, Woodro Skillson, and JCinque on their socials.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, D. Edge. You've stopped us dead in our tracks with your flaming hot music video for "Shadow Clone Jutsu." What inspired you to create this lively yet intense party atmosphere and vibe?
The concept is my take on one of Naruto's signature moves where he is unpredictable, expressive, and goes wild. When creating this record, I thought it could be a record where people express themselves and wild out. The Woodro produced record is experimental because it has elements of electronic, metal, and hip hop, so it's already unique in its own right. I wanted the video to convey a rave-like atmosphere mixed with a mosh pit vibe and have fans not knowing what happens next, representing the core elements I initially mentioned. I wanted this video to be fun and expressive, and I truly believe we accomplished it.
What was your experience working with renowned producer Woodro Skillson for the song "Shadow Clone Jutsu?"
Woodro and I return to our meeting at the Brewery Recording Studio in Brooklyn (shoutout to Andrew Krivonos). I was working in a session with theycallmeParker, and I saw him sitting outside and invited him in. We started choppin' it up while drinking, and we've been cool. Woodro's a very down-to-earth guy who is a talented producer, songwriter, engineer, and instrumentalist that isn't scared to push the boundaries in sound. He's a living legend that amazes me with his musical knowledge and innovativeness. Regarding Shadow Clone Jutsu, I knew I wanted something different sounding than my previous songs. I told Woodro what I felt the concept sounded like, and he delivered big time. The song itself doesn't sound like anything currently released.
Regarding the music video for "Shadow Clone Jutsu," how did videographer JCinque help execute what you had in mind? Did he capture the vibe you wanted to offer?
JCinque is a personable guy who is attentive to detail, artistic, very organized and isn't scared to take chances. We met through a mutual homie, my frequent collaborator SMTH, and we've been copacetic ever since. We always discuss plans before shooting a video because he envisions visuals like a movie director wanting things to be handled methodically. He also builds on my ideas and breaks down what's needed and how we'll approach every shoot, which is great to know as a creative. JCinque always shoots movies that exceed my expectations and constantly thinks of angles that I initially didn't think of. He was able to masterfully incorporate all the emotions I wanted people to feel in the visual. He is one of one and is that guy!
What was your favorite part about creating the "Shadow Clone Jutsu" music video? What did you take away from the process?
My favorite part was everyone having a good time, whether it be wildin' out, shooting each other with paint cannons, moshing and such. Just the energy and vibe I felt like took the video to another level! I took away from the process to remain innovative and continue my path. Being a musician isn't easy, but when you see your vision come together- it inspires you to continue your creative journey.
What's next for you?
My goal for the remainder of this year is to be consistent with music, content, and visuals. First, I'm working on finishing my seven-song EP BARUTO UZUMAKI, which will drop in early July. The project will feature production from Woodro Skillson, U-Dub, BEATDEMONS, J-Banga, and JustRyda and features from Woodro Skillson and Famo of DaCompany. I also have an insane animated video for the song T$unade in the works by the talented Julian Clove on the way, dropping around the same time. I'm also working on some summer projects that I aim to drop in August and September, featuring production from theycallmeParker, Woodro Skillson, DJ Reese, RAH the Gift, and others.