Exclusive Video Premiere: Spank Rock and Alex Da Corte, ‘A Season in Hell’

Published April 2, 2012

When it comes to ingestible substances we never want to snort, raw egg—or really any form of egg—is pretty high up there. We are guessing that pop artist Alex Da Corte and American hip-hop performer Spank Rock feel the same way. In Da Corte’s video for Spank Rock’s new remix EP, out April 10, a man cracks an egg, only to snort it, rub some of the remnants on his gums and smile slightly at the camera. The video, entitled “A Season in Hell,” is a follow-up to the cover art that Da Corte designed for Spank Rock’s single “Nasty” (“Nasty” is also the soundtrack to the video, albeit in unrecognizable “chopped” form). According to Da Corte, the video is based on French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s opium-fuelled 1873 lyrical epic of the same name, Une Saison en enfer. Da Corte specifically points to the poem’s third section “Nuit en enfer” (“Night in hell”)  and its opening line, “J’ai avalé une fameuse gorgée de poison” (“I’ve swallowed a monstrous mouthful of poison.”) Da Corte is by no means the first artist to cite Rimbaud as his inspiration, and we’re sure that there is some sort of meaningful connection between Spank Rock’s “Nasty,” which features lyrics such as “cause he pop, pop, pop, pop/The pussy, the pussy pussy, the pussy, pussy,” and Rimbaud’s struggle with rebellion, damnation, his sexuality, relationship with fellow poet Verlaine, his worth as a poet, etc. But this is no freshman English class, we aren’t here to spoon-feed you the answers. Instead, we shall let you view the video and decide the specifics for yourself. Not your average hip-hop video.

SPANK ROCK IS PERFORMING THE LUIS GUISPERT OPENING AT LA’S OH WOW GALLERY ON APRIL 7. REMiXES IS OUT APRIL 10.