Song of the Day: Ottawa’s wotts release video for third single, “omens” featuring Dynamite Motel
Ottawa, ON – Don’t miss this sick new video coming out of the nation’s capital from the group known as wotts. “Omens,” featuring Dynamite Motel, is the third single from wotts’ EP, b, and was produced by Alex Jakimczuk. The track is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.
The video, directed and edited by Michael McLaughlin for Seek Artistry, seemingly starts off to set a clear divide between bad and good but that melts into a blur as the story continues. First the bad: we’re introduced to a gang of misfits (including a character played by local rapper and actor, Alex Silas) who share some drinks before setting out for an evening of armed robberies.
Shortly thereafter, we’re introduced to a clean cut looking character who seems to be the exact opposite. He represents the good: helping someone struggling with their grocery bags and then dropping clothes off at the Salvation Army. Typical deeds associated with a Good Samaritan.
The good and the bad have been established… or at least that’s what we’re lead to believe. As the story continues on, their paths suddenly collide. The gang approach the man in his fancy car with the intention of robbing him but end up finding a young boy – an apparent victim of kidnapping – tied up in his trunk. The kidnapper makes his escape but the group set out to return the child to his home.
It’s at this point that we realize that things aren’t always as they seem. The kidnapper’s good deeds from earlier are overshadowed by his decision to abduct a child, while the trio – who came across as degenerates when they were first introduced – are now portrayed as heroes. It doesn’t forgive their earlier actions, but it raises the question, were they robbing people for kicks or out of a necessity to survive?
Spotlight Ottawa premiered “omens” on March 9, and they caught up with group member Jayem for his take on things:
“For us this song is about persevering no matter how bleak things appear or how society perceives you. The way we see it even when things are at there worst, stay true to yourself and what makes you unique, that’ll be your spark when all the lights go out.”
Meanwhile, guitarist Ryan “FRDO” Farrell talked about the song’s meaning and working with Dynamite Motel:
“We’ve worked with Dynamite Motel in the past but this collaboration was on another level. I think it has to do with the song’s message, we’ve all struggled in our own ways in life and this was our outlet to talk about it. Her talent is so special, we feel honoured to have had her influence our music.”
For more from wotts, make sure you check out their latest project, b.