Sydney rapper Manu Crooks has been making huge waves across the last 18 months, and now, he’s dropped the visuals for arguably his biggest single to date, Assumptions.
What has been perhaps the biggest achievement so far for the Sydney-based emcee, is his most recent single Assumptions being premiered by Beats1’s Zane Lowe, backing up the many claims that Manu Crooks may be the first rapper from Australia to truly blow up overseas.
The song features a wicked, heavy bass-line, produced by Sydney teammates Dopamine and Miracle, along with a booming, charismatic flow that we’ve come to expect, and love, from Manu Crooks. We spoke to Manu on the songs meaning and how the video concept came to life.
“The song’s about people that spread rumors,” says Manu Crooks. “I was just like, ‘man I hear a lot of shit about me that’s not true and I honestly don’t give a fuck so I’m going to make a banger about it,’ just to shit on them.”
While the song is a certified banger, the accompanying visuals went in a slightly different direction, with a “moody and vibrant feel,” says Manu. “We didn’t wanna do the expected.”
“(Assumptions) feels like a great transition from the Blowin’ Up video, and although there’s no real story line, the video serves as an unexpected twist to the song. If you heard the song first, you’d probably expect it to be the typical ‘turn-up’ or party video, but that’s something we didn’t wanna do. Myself and the director, Julian Machuca, wanted to deliver something engaging, fun and unexpected,” the Sydney emcee said on the new Assumptions music video.
Manu Crooks continues to push boundaries and expectations, and when asked about how he feels about his success within Australia and overseas to date, he fittingly responded with, “I don’t make assumptions.”
Following the drop of the Assumptions music video, Manu says that “you can expect more music for sure, that’s my mood forever.”
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Written by Jarrod van der Staay