Producer and MC Info56 leads viewers on a dawn-till-dusk tour of “Southwest” on the debut video from his instrumental album by the same name. Images of the iconic and abandoned Michigan Central Train Station at sunrise begin the video as Info walks past it along Vernor Highway – turning his back on this clichéd version of Detroit – to enter the vibrant Chicano neighborhood known as Southwest.
Ascending into the morning, the sun shines on the everyday people fighting off the next wave of gentrification: youth smiling while throwing up skyhooks on an outdoor court; car culture enthusiasts posting up with hoodies up alongside understated black SS Impalas.
Director and Southwest native Arturo Riveras makes sure that place matters across these moving images, particularly with shots of Clark Park and the crimson and canary mosaic backdrop of its small pavilion. Flashes of B-Girl Snapshot’s floorwork echo the cypher rituals that crews like Motor City Rockerz have preserved on that same concrete.