Carnage's comic-laced "Respect the Name" video debuts, plus an interview with the star
In a video premiere on Gimme Noise, we get to see Carnage star in a Sin City-style comic thriller directed by Arlo Myren. Ill Chemistry partner Desdamona is his sidekick, and a wealth of local rap luminaries show up in the supporting cast. Among them, Atmosphere's Slug is the pugnacious Governor of Anarchy, and Prof plays Sir Bling Rap King Wack. Enjoy, and stay tuned for an interview with Carnage himself.
How did you decide on the comic book imagery theme?
Carnage: I have always been fascinated with animation and comic books. I was VERY into the Transformers as a kid and not a huge collector of comics, but the ones I did have were mostly Transformer comics. A lot of people think I got "Carnage" from the Spiderman series, so I figured it would be a good idea to both feed into that belief AND make MY OWN lane as far as a comic for a "NEW," different Carnage to emerge and thrive in. It was my director's idea to make it look like Sin City, and I agreed that that movie looked cool, so we went with it. Didn't really know how it would turn out, but it turned out great, from what people are telling me! And...It might be a slight dream of mine to have my own comic book.
Who is your favorite superhero? Villain? And why?
I don't have a favorite superhero or villain. There are many I like for different reasons. I would say I like the Transformers characters more than any I like from the human/mutant world. I simply LOVE the Transformers and much of how I come up with sayings in my raps with what is identifiable as tough and harder-edge comes from my connection to Cybertron's natives as a youth.
In human form, I have the power of making hip-hop music from scratch with no instruments and making it sound as close to instrument-composed music as can be humanly achieved. I think people got a taste of it with the Ill Chemistry album and seeing me live, and are gonna be given more of it on my Respect the Name album on even another level.
Are you on the side of good or evil or both?
I would say I am ALMOST an equal balance of hero and villain -- it depends on the day and the situation. I am totally against the abuse of women, children, animals and anyone who is otherwise not properly equipped to defend themselves against those who use their power to bully or dominate. I also have an everlasting goal of ridding the world of music that doesn't inspire, lacks creativity and/or makes the achievements of the pioneers and innovators appear less important than they are.
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