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Wasiu discusses his “No Jumper” video & what it actually means to be untouchable

Montreal, QC – Earlier this month, Montreal artist and resident MTLien Wasiu finally released his highly anticipated new Snow Mexican EP, along with this brand new video for “No Jumper” (produced by meltycanon and Dear Lola).

Directed by Xavier Cantin-Lemieux, this video is a commentary on what it means to be untouchable. Everyone has their own interpretation of what that means and how that status is obtained, but Wasiu sees it all as a simple matter of staying focused on the goal.

In the video, Wasiu is carrying out his day in an alternate universe where he is completely oblivious to his surroundings and everything going on around him. He’s simply just doing his thing, and is unaware of anything else in the world around him.

Which may leave you wondering… is this actually an alternate universe? Because Wasiu has steady been doing his own thing from jump, seemingly unaffected by any of the noise anyone else around him is making.

Watch the “No Jumper” below, go listen to the Snow Mexican EP, and scope our in-depth Q&A with Wasiu after the jump. I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on in the video after my first few watches of it, but Wasiu gave me an extremely thorough breakdown.

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Q&A: Wasiu

HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me about the significance of this video and your vision for it.

Wasiu: I like to let artist I collaborate with do their own thing as much as possible. Whether it be producers, illustrators, or – in this case – directors. I like to give a vague idea of what I want and let them cook. With that being said, I gotta credit my man X for this video. When we first got together to discuss the concept all I told him was that I wanted to be untouchable. So the next time we spoke he told me what my thoughts and the song inspired and I absolutely loved it. We added a lot of layers to the idea. But overall that’s how it went.

HipHopCanada: Cinematically, the video is really interesting because it plays out, and then almost plays in reverse. Because you go to the store. It gets shot up. And then you come home. And on your way home you see the exact same people you saw before. Talk to me about that visual approach.

Wasiu: It’s an alternate universe where everyone is weird AF except for me. I’m completely oblivious to my surroundings. I’m just focused on my goal and I don’t see or ever encounter any obstacles. It’s like when you watch people do a speed run in a video game; they know the ins-and-outs of the whole system so nothing can ever get in their way. That’s what’s happening here. It starts off with me playing a video game but little did I know I was already in one to begin with. If you watch the video a couple of times you’ll start to catch things you missed the first time. A lot of ying and yang shit going on. For example on my way to the dep we encounter a little boy on a bike who flips me off but on the way back to the crib it’s an old man on the bike. There are many other switches of that nature throughout the vid. Just gotta look closely.

HipHopCanada: For the whole duration of the video, it seems like you’re the one who shot up the convenience store. But then at the end, we find out you didn’t. You were just going about your business. And I feel like that’s so much what “No Jumper” was getting at… this idea of people taking shots and making uninformed assumptions.

Wasiu: Of course this is art so it’s subject to many interpretations. But if you look closely, those two masked women went in the dep with guns and came out with bags of money which we then see laid out on the ground next to the homeless people from earlier who just so happen to be flossing now standing next to the two (now unmasked) out-of-breath robbers. But like I said earlier the spirit of “No Jumper” is throughout the whole video. Despite what anyone thinks does says or acts like, I remain unphased and continue about my business.

HipHopCanada: When you originally dropped this single, you said you were playing two “ball games”: one on the offensive, and one of the defensive. What’s the status of that?

Wasiu: Still the same shit. Like I tell the kids I coach… you gotta be dominant on the offensive AND defensive end of the floor. You gotta take pride in not only scoring but being able to lock down the opponent when you need to the most.

HipHopCanada: This song was also originally released as a bit of a nod to Gucci Mane getting out of jail. I know there are a lot of mixed opinions floating around about his resurgence as an artist. What are your thoughts?

Wasiu: Gotta support Gucci.

Twitter: @AfroWasiu

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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