Justin Smith and Fat Rat Da Czar really don’t need an introduction on their home turf of South Carolina, but their brand new collaboration may benefit from a just-posted short film that includes two songs from the upcoming self-titled album for what they’re calling ColorBlind. Smith’s laid-back acoustic grooves juxtaposed with Fat Rat’s gritty hip-hop classicism makes for some exciting sounds on the first single “Follow The Spin,” which is heard here along with another track from the album, “Live Like the Devil.” As the ten-minute clip unfolds, Smith and Fat Rat portray two people who have lost friends and end up in the same bar trying to deal with the pain; they come together over music.
Judging from what is heard and seen in the video, Smith and Fat Rat have found common ground in an era marked by division, both in music and in life–as recent events in South Carolina have proven, tragically. To see two such different artists coming together and making music with a positive, important message is a sign of better things to come. Watch for the full album to drop on September 1st, 2015.