Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Music

Tunde Olaniran - "The Highway" (video)

“I hope it’s worth the rent you pay / Too low to take the highway”, Tunde Olaniran sings in the hook-heavy chorus of “The Highway”, off the avant-garde performer’s new Yung Archetype EP.

It’s a resigned yet scathing indictment in a tune steeped in line after line of social commentary, the couplets’ biting quality matched by their astuteness. Coming from the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan, themes of cultural divide and entropy aren’t foreign to Olaniran. Yet, as the new video for “The Highway” shows, reflecting on the steam-rolling nature of cultural exploitation and gentrification doesn’t preclude such lofty subject matter from being presented in an entertaining manner.

The video finds a chrome-grilled Olaniran alternately walking through a crowded bar, vampirically attacking the necks of the patrons, holding court in a leather booth and leading cryptic backing dancers’ synchronized moves in a warehouse space. The song’s squeaking loop and fluctuating beats drive it on as Olaniran raps or croons his sarcastic observations. With those aforementioned dancers, the video gives an approximation of Olaniran’s live shows, something that must be seen. Fortunately, there are some opportunities to do just that, as the man is playing a handful of dates in his home state and beyond.


TOUR DATES

April 4 Swarthmore, PA — Olde Club at Swarthmore College

April 5 Washington, D.C. — Comet Ping Pong

April 12 Bloomington, IN — Indiana University

April 19 Royal Oak, MI — Royal Oak Music Theatre w/ Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

May 31 Bay City, MI — BeMo’s Bar

June 7 Detroit, MI — Hart Plaza

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.