Praised as the “unsigned Kanye West“, rapper/producer Archie Green has over ten years of songwriting under his belt. Green has been rapping since he was just a thirteen-year-old kid in a middle-class Cleveland suburb, drawing inspiration from his idols Lupe Fiasco & Jay Z. Formerly known as SoulKlap, Green has released three critically acclaimed solo projects and a number of collaborative projects, working with renowned mixtape DJs Mick Boogie & Terry Urban & being featured on Talib Kweli’s ‘Year Of The Blacksmith: Community Mixtape‘. He recently released the visual for the first single from his upcoming mixtape, ‘The Greatest Pretender‘.
“40 Acres“, Green’s first-ever music video, premiered over the weekend on HipHopDX. The clip was directed by Green’s friend Cameron Busby and features scenes shot in his Brooklyn apartment and his parent’s house in Cleveland. Green says the decision to film in the house he grew up in was to show the world his upbringing. “It’s the truest depiction of who I am, and where I came from. I’m out to tell the truth about how I grew up blessed, and I’m not ashamed to tell the world.” His parents themselves also make an appearance in the video. “I’m so grateful to both of them for all of the support that they have given me over the years, so this is almost a way of saying ‘thank you’“.
The track gives shout outs to rappers like Childish Gambino, Kanye West, & Odd Future, who, like Archie, are known to be from more comfortable backgrounds than most rappers. “This song deals with a growing demographic of minorities that grew up ‘well-off.’ We all listen to the Jay Z’s and Eminem’s but for the most part we can’t really relate to everything these guys talk about on record. I just wanted to tell our story on wax, to bring that to light“. “40 Acres” can be found on the upcoming mixtape ‘The Greatest Pretender‘, out later this month.