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Ever since Big Bank Hank rapped about stealing Superman’s girl, comic book culture has been a close relative of hip hop culture. References to good guys, bad guys, DC and Marvel can be found in artist names and song titles or embedded within verses. Unless you’re late ‘90s RZA trying to be a real life Bobby Digital, within the music is where the references stay.
The latest to continue the tradition is Augusta, GA rapper Truez — a name which, unfortunately, is not rhyme-able with Suez. To further the disappointment, “Super Villain” has little to do with its song title aside from the fact that “living” and “super villain” sound cool when you add a “like a” in the middle and repeat those words as the hook over a dope beat. If you’re expecting fan fiction, direct your attention towards Big Boi (although “Insane in the MemBane” is the best rap/comic villain pun that I suspect Jeff will edit out).
What Truez does give us is a few worthwhile verses over a smooth vocal sample. There are jarring pitch shifts that enhance smart tales of being down and out but ultimately overcoming that, amongst other topics.
“Super Villain” is a song on Truez’s forthcoming Damn My Lifetime, and the fact that that’s only his second release is evident. His style isn’t fully formed yet, but it consists of more than just potential.
The music video does its best to expand upon the superhero theme, incorporating masks and images of Truez carrying out his villainous duties. The song’s producer also shares his name with a Pixar superhero, if that counts for anything.