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In the clip for the Philly MC’s latest banger, he drops words of wisdom for the younger generation to abide by, and he also provides a visual that was inspired by one of Ice Cube’s most iconic music videos.
About a month and a half after unveiling the video for “That White” featuring fellow Philadelphia rapper Freeway, Miz MAF returns with his latest banger, “Act Right.” Throughout the hypnotic track, produced by Mello Dee Beats, Double M uses his energetic pinpoint flow to masterfully emphasize the message of coming correct in the streets.
The MC accomplishes that with sharp, direct, and fairly-repetitive lines that’ll stay on the brain for days, like with the rhyme, “When you out there doin’ your thing, you better make sure you’re true to the game / ‘Cause when you’re out there fuckin’ the game up, the game gonna fuck up your name.”
As a product, and veteran, of the streets, Miz MAF feels its his responsibility to pass along these gems of knowledge.
“It’s a play on conscience, [like] just act right when you out here living life,” he says. “I took some of my everyday real life scenarios and played ’em out in [an] open-ended form, like if people [were] me or were in these situations, what would you do? You better act right!”
He continues, “I’m from the streets, so I had to inspire the people the only way I knew how — through what I’ve been through in the streets.”
In the video above, Miz MAF is in the streets of Philadelphia, and later a recording studio, performing the song, all while visually telling a story of young gangsters making fraudulent and deceptive deals, which later comes back to haunt them.
Also, there is a man standing outside a convenience store holding cardboard signs which read “WILL RAP FOR LIKES,” thus adding a clever and sly incorporation of Facebook, and perhaps on a deeper level, real life, acceptance.
Truth be told, the idea for the treatment was sparked by a trio of 90s west coast hip-hop artists.
“The actual visual concept came from Ice Cube’s video ‘True To The Game,’ in which all day he [was] going around trunking people who [were] being frauds and not true,” Miz MAF explains. “Also, I mixed in a lil’ bit of Dr. Dre and Snoop’s video for “Dre Day,” [as] both [their video and Ice Cube’s] had an ‘exposing the fake’ feel to it, which is what my song calls for.”