The genre of hip-hop offers a unique blend of classic beat elements that intertwine tangy blues riffs and southern rock influences in Gangstagrass’ video “Bound to Ride.” With a strong influence on positive ideas that revolve around the concept of American freedom and an emphasis on the hardships of reality, Gangstagrass has formed a collaborative style of hip-hop that is eclectic and unique in its very own way.
The mastermind behind Gangstagrass comes from the Brooklyn based musician known as Rench, who has been the pioneer of a rising genre that combines country music with the hip-hop genre. The Rench Audio production studio became a home base for country and hip-hop recordings, and also stood as a spot where Rench produced various albums for local New York City hip-hop stars. In 2007, Rench formed Gangstagrass through the influence of 1970s recordings by Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.”
With heavy influences on the bluegrass genre, “Bound to Ride” encompasses the contemporary American atmosphere in the video. Through black and white images, we watch the power of music transform the daily struggles of reality throughout America. We see the musicians stand their ground through a series of background images, most involving the American flag. The goal of “Bound to Ride” is to keep hip-hop music alive by transcending its contemporary likeliness into a combination of classic hip-hop elements and bluegrass styles.