LargeUp Premiere: Watch M1 + Bonnot’s “Open” Video Feat. Assassin + Irie Child

July 13, 2017

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden

We’ve learned throughout history that every people’s revolution is driven by unity. Anthems such as Bob Marley’s โ€œGet Up, Stand Up,โ€ Public Enemy’s โ€œFight the Power,โ€ and Marvin Gaye’s โ€œWhat’s Going Onโ€ are soundtracks to a nation of millions on the front lines of change. Today, M1 of Dead Prez and Italian producer Bonnot share the remix to “Open,โ€ a metaphorical twist on rebel music.ย โ€œItโ€™s kind of like Commonโ€™s โ€˜I Used To Love H.E.R.โ€™ for hip-hop but mine is for the revolution, using reggae and it couldnโ€™t have come at a better time,” says M1. โ€œThe world is so filled with hate right now.โ€

M1’s clever twist on love and relationships on the โ€œOpenโ€ remix is a continuation of the creative approach to โ€œMind Sex,โ€ย a Dead Prez classic. The animated lyric video by Francesco Bando pictures a warrior queen in a style familiar of Major Lazer’s early animated clips. Yes, she resembles Jamaican-born model, dread queen and wellness guru Nerissa Irving, with whom M1 has a daughter. “I decided to animate the revolution into a lover I have been in a long term relationship with,โ€ says M1.ย โ€œOur ups and downs over the years are the trials and tribulations for liberation.โ€

The remix and lyric video arrive a year after M1 and Bonnot dropped their album, Between Me and the World. The new version of โ€œOpenโ€ features Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco and Brooklyn-based sinjay, Irie Child. Download the album on iTunes and grab the remix here.