Streets protégé Example, aka Elliot Gleave, takes to the streets (well, track) in this video for “So Many Roads.” Floating along with the Carpenters’ “Only Just Begun,” the song has a sweet nostalgia to it, and though the bedheaded, Lily Allen-dissing MC takes time to drop witticism (“my cordon bleu sonnets / you just wishin’ they edible” and a fine “butt crack” crack), he’s also, no matter how tongue in cheek, looking deep with this clip: You can’t run from your past.
Well, to name a few of his afeared things: The cops, teens in school uniforms, folks with forms (lawyers, label owners, judges), a mascot and dominatrix, bikinis, Mothers Against Rappers From Fullham, and our worst nightmare ? a taunting John Wayne Gacy clown. That’s right, Karen, “we start out walking, and learn to run” ? fast. Throughout the video, the race is, ahem, led by Example; like most runs we go on, we’re thinking maybe this is a bit too long, but hey, dude had to finish his laps.
Example’s long-delayed debut What We Made is scheduled for September release on Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem’s The Beats label.