Yesterday, Lor Scoota released a new mixtape "Still N The Trenches 2.5," at an event at the Downtown Locker Room at Mondawmin Mall (it is presumably, on its way to being officially uploaded onto DatPiff and the like), performed last night at Shake N Bake, and released a music video for the Shy Glizzy-featured remix of his local hit, 'Bird Flu.' The video featuring Glizzy, Washington, D.C.’s big deal thanks to the hypnotic 'Awwsome,' is an appropriately spare and low-stakes affair, with Scoota in an Adam Jones jersey in an abandoned lot, surrounded by friends singing along ("We're selling scramble, coke, and smack") and also apparently doing a bird flu dance, which appears to be a mix of the Harlem shake (the real one, unrelated to the dumb EDM song), the cooking/whipping-it-up dance, and some of Managing Editor Baynard Woods’ moves at Barnyard Sharks shows even?
One interesting detail about the video: the license plates for all of the cars in the video are blurred out and that’s pretty uncommon (though probably wise). It’s hard not to think that perhaps Young Moose’s recent trouble with music videos being used as evidence are the reason for blurring out the license plates.
Shy Glizzy has been a favorite in Baltimore for a while now. He has played Shake N Bake himself, and long before 92Q and other national radio stations picked up on his song 'Awwsome,' you could hear it playing throughout the city (along with plenty of Glizzy mixtape cuts; people love this guy here). And it’s interesting also to see Baltimore and D.C. rappers of similar styles working together (see also Damond Blue’s track with DC’s Fat Trel, 'Keep It 100') like this. Recall that a few years ago, there was that whole DMV (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia) hustle, where Washington D.C. rappers mostly decided to brand themselves as "DMV." For the most part, it had nothing to do with Baltimore, though sometimes D.C. and VA rappers included Baltimore rappers to glom onto our city’s perceived edginess, and opportunistic Baltimore rappers let it happen, but truthfully Baltimore and D.C. weren’t really interacting. What’s happening with Scoota/Glizzy and Blue/Trel though is organic and sincere; these are similarly-minded rappers working together. And Glizzy is in effect, giving Scoota a cosign, which might help turn ‘Bird Flu’ into a hit outside the city as well.
Watch the video for Lor Scoota’s 'Bird Flu' featuring Shy Glizzy below.