Darnell often takes obstacles he’s faced throughout his life and uses them to paint vivid pictures of his music and deliver a ton of quality content. Williams is always equipped with hard-hitting lyrics and outrageous, impressive visuals and today is no different as he returns with a video for his single “Porno.”
Back in 2016 Darnell first introduced us to his Porno EP with his single “Blown” and he later told Billboard, “I came up with the concept for ‘Porno’ midway into making my album. I realized all these songs I was putting out had a lot of real emotions and pain in them that otherwise I wouldn’t talk about, but for peoples’ entertainment I did. Same for porn stars, they might not necessary wanna do what they do, but for your entertainment they share their pain.” Now almost two years later we get to see things come full circle with this new visual. The video meets the bar set by his previous videos and sets the tone for the rest of Darnell Williams’ 2018.
Darnell Williams is an emerging MC out of Detroit that refuses to play by the rules. He teamed up with electronic-influenced producer Elohim for his next single, “Porno.” The graphically titled song is now available on all major streaming services (Dec. 8). The fascinating combination of artists sees Williams explaining life’s harsh realities over the Los Angeles based producer’s icy synths.
The Detroit native refuses to be boxed into one genre with his experimental type of hip-hop, touching on issues some wouldn’t dare to go near. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track exclusively to Billboard, he explains, “I came up with the concept for ‘Porno’ midway into making my album. I realized all these songs I was putting out had a lot of real emotions and pain in them that otherwise I wouldn’t talk about, but for peoples’ entertainment I did. Same for porn stars, they might not necessary wanna do what they do, but for your entertainment they share their pain.”
The pair of creatives crafted an unconventional sonic that allows listeners to tap into their emotional psyche. The track’s opening words employ a simile comparing the adult entertainment industry to the harrows of life, “Life is like a porno, everybody getting fucked,” Williams raps. The track’s hook is catchy but dire: “You’re the love of my life, and it sucks that you’re killing me.”
Williams also pays homage to hip-hop legends UGK and JAY-Z, shouting out the turn-of-the-century classic “Big Pimpin” deeper into the record. Stream the eccentric tune below.