Flagpole Premieres: Niño Brown, “Scarface”

Niño Brown. Credit: Kamell Brasher.

Niño Brown, moniker of Athens musician Cortez Garza, shares a new video for “Scarface” today, the fifth and final single teasing his upcoming album, Redbone. The track is a distinct departure from his latest body of work, but purposefully so. Garza, who recently won “Best Male Hip Hop Artist” at the Athens Hip Hop Awards last month, wrote the song early on in the album-making process to set an intention of experimenting with different styles.

“This song was very much an intentional wild card on upcoming rap album,” he says. “A nod to the newer movement of hip-hop artists who dabble in genre-bending and will put an all-out rock song on their hip-hop album.”

Shot by Brasher Media, the video follows Garza as he passes by a handful of recognizable downtown businesses like the Georgia Theatre, 40 Watt Club and Walker’s.

“For the video, we wanted to keep it as minimal as possible with very few edits and color correction, which we had done a lot on previous videos,” he says. “An homage to every low-budget, indie-rock video that I’ve seen over the many years I’ve lived in Athens. After it was shot, I realized that really is the day in the life of an artist in Athens, GA: just trying to get through the day, just kind of bumming around town while coping with life and love and trying fulfill their dreams.”