One of the best videogames I’ve ever played is Dead Island. If I close my eyes and think back I can almost recapture the terror I had playing for the first time. I was so scared I would barely take any steps forward out of fear of a zombie ambush. I can recall how I, in a chaotic mouse-mashing of panic, destroyed a bikini-clad zombie’s pelvis with the blunt end of an oar while I was full-throat screaming in the dark. The first savage howl of an infected. The repulsive green barf of a floater. The frustration of offing Thugs and Rammers. Shooting things! Fruit snacks! SO MUCH FUN!
So much, in fact that I wanted to write the video game love letters; I decided to write a rap song instead. I know this may come as a surprise but I haven’t written many rap songs in my life. I therefore decided I would look to the masters to get an idea of word flow and stankface—the masters of choice being Die Antwoord. Dear god how I love them! So yes, I wrote the lyrics as a goof on Die Antwoord’s Evil Boy. I saved room for my favorite wordsmith Jzn to write his own verse. Then QueenMob put her brilliant Austrian Slang on the poorly written German verse which I had attempted in babelfish haha
We learned our lyrics off a dummy track and then Jzn went to work on creating the music for us to properly record to. QueenMob painted the amazing backdrop in my apartment while I painted our zombie shirts. What followed was my favorite 80’s movie plot—a ragtag group of people come together to learn about rap, the undead, movie magic, each other, and love. Runny make-up in a NY heatwave! Wolfgirl disemboweling in a piano bar! It was bananas but we did it and I can’t thank all those who were involved enough. Your enthusiasm and joy were… infectious. Har har. PS I broke my toe on the first day of the shoot! (true story)
I really have to take a moment to thank and praise Jzn here. Not only did he encourage me to produce this, but he scored it, recorded and mixed our vocals, lit it, filmed it and edited it in addition to his incredible f*cking rap solo. So amazing! <3
So that’s the story, here’s the video. Enjoy!