Video: Watch Jesse Royal’s “Modern Day Judas”

Words by Chenee Daley, Photos by El Puru/Himages—


Enjoying success following his recently released mixtape In Comes the Small Axe, burgeoning reggae voice Jesse Royal (who we interviewed on LU in August and recently featured in part one of our Meditations video series) has just premiered a video for his popular and anthemic single “Modern Day Judas.”

The Sameel “Kush I” Johnson-directed video for the track, which lyrically juxtaposes bible metaphors with everyday Jamaican reality, flaunts gritty, revolutionary-type storyteller stills in tandem with Jesse’s usual revolutionary aesthetics. Backing Jesse in the clip is a band consisting of drum and bass production duo Notice and track producer Winta James on keyboard.

Watch “Modern Day Judas” below, and check back here tomorrow for Part 2 of the Meditations video series featuring Jesse and Addis Pablo of Suns of Dub.