F. Virtue & Juan Deuce – Cufflinks ft. Daniel J. W!shington & J57 [Video]
New York City, NY – Calgary-raised, New York-based MC F. Virtue recently linked up with Juan Deuce, Daniel J. W!shington, and J57 for this brand new video single titled “Cufflinks.” This single comes to us off of a new collaborative album between F. Virtue and Juan Deuce titled New York Strangers (the project was just released – by the way – so you should download it over here).
This new joint explores the universal concept of love. Each artist takes on a verse to speak to his personal experience with relationships. The accompanying videography shows gay and straight couples and strangers meeting for the first time, and kissing. Awww! The video was directed by Victoria Ng. Check it out after the jump.
This is one of the most beautiful commentaries on love and human interaction that I’ve seen in a while. As y’all may know, F. Virtue is pretty outspoken about being an openly gay MC. He released a track titled “Anita Bryant” a minute ago that spoke to the rejection and oppression of homosexuals within the rap scene. (We actually caught up with F. Virtue back in August 2013 to talk about it all).
Anyways, “Cufflinks” starts up with Daniel J. W!shington on the vocals. He gets right into it: “These cufflinks were not meant to be handcuffs/ But it may be that way after having you in my hands once.”
Juan Deuce comes in on the second verse and takes us through specific detailing of his dating. It brings up nostalgia of those early young-love days: “So let me take you out to the zoo/ Walking to the town’s end singing something from The Who.”
F. Virtue delivers an intensely raw verse about the backlash of being an openly gay MC: “And ever since I dropped Anita Bryant/ I’ve had some fans trying to buy into my appearance.” F. Virtue also speaks to his come-up of dating girls to appear normal. He also clarifies that despite the loads of attention he receives from his fans, he feels that, “the fanboys are plastic.” And you know what? F. Virtue is not even looking for love. He’s found something long-term that he wants to keep around.
J57 ends the track on a serious introspective note about the extreme highs and lows that he’s experienced through love. He talks about the heartbreaking struggles and darkness; but he also sheds light on the beautiful feelings that can be felt.