Moment of Truth Video Premiere: Down 2 Earth's "Powers" (ft. Simmi) - May 20, 2015 - SF Weekly
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Moment of Truth Video Premiere: Down 2 Earth's “Powers” (ft. Simmi)

(L to R) Clyde Shankle

Down 2 Earth's “Powers” (ft. Simmi), will be appearing as a bonus track on the group's upcoming re-issue of the popular Wildfire mixtape, but before that goes down, we're bringing you the video premiere right here on Moment of Truth, our weekly hip-hop column. The video is a dark complement to a fierce track that sees the HBK Gang affiliated crew, comprised of East Bay MC's Clyde Shankle, Dayvid Michael, and Azure (Iamsu!'s tour DJ), making a serious power play over the Kuya Beats production.

The Wildfire mixtape is littered with HBK appearances, from the likes of Kehlani, Iamsu!, and Jay Ant, but on “Powers,” Down 2 Earth stand tall and come correct without any additional HBK support. Singer Simmi adds an atmospheric vocal to the track, as Director Chito Floriano juxtaposes art and colors to have her visually sink into the ominous beat.

But ultimately, it's the poise and piercing gaze that Azure and Clyde Shankle add, along with the effect over Dayvid Michael's voice on the hook, that really drive home the bone-chilling, not-to-be-fucked-with feel of this track and video. Check it below: