WATCH: The Manifestation of Wildchild

The onetime Lootpack MC recounts his police brutality experience on first single off his new album Omowale

Madlib and Wildchild are together again on “Manifestin'” (Image: Wildchild)

Before the Madlib Invazion came to define the bottomless creativity of California hip-hop music in the 21st Century, there was Lootpack.

And while the aforementioned producer born Otis Jackson, Jr. from Oxnard is the more prolific alumnus, he wasn’t the only king to emerge from Lootpack. Which is why, speaking as one of the very first music writers to cover the West Coast group as the “Beat Box” editor for the old CMJ New Music Report, it’s so exciting to see the samurai lyricist Wildchild return with his hottest solo album yet in Omowale.

The name Omowale means the lost child that has returned home. And it is indeed a most welcoming scene to see the man born Jack Brown back in the center of the conversation about rap supremacy on a record teeming with guest appearances from Big Daddy Kane,  MURS, Guilty Simpson, Sadat X, POS, Ras Kass, Georgia Anne Muldrow and his son Miles Brown, co-star of ABC’s hit sitcom Blackish.

The fourth Wildchild solo album, Omowale, will be available on March 25th (Image: Fat Beats)

Miles also makes a cameo in the video for the first single “Manifestin,” which is  produced by Madlib and illustrates Wildchild’s personal account of Police Brutality.  

The video is directed by fellow Oxnard, CA native Trae Briers, and it chronicles both Wildchild’s own near-death experience with police as well as the story of Army Second Lt. Caron Nazario. The visuals stay true to the story of the track itself, which addresses police brutality and accountability.

“This was personal for me as for most black men. I was pulled over and harassed and stripped of my rights in front of a crowd all because of mistaken identity,” Wildchild said, explaining his experience that occurred nearly 15 years ago, well before social media. “This almost resulted in the police that day taking my life had I reacted wrong.”

The track/video also uses a sample of the police bodycam footage of Nazario’s own unlawful traffic stop—“I’m serving this country and this is how I’m treated?”—during which he was pepper sprayed and assaulted by the officers. 

Watch the video below.

Omowale comes out on March 25th.


VIDEO: Wildchild “Manifestin'”

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Ron Hart

Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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