Video You Need To Know: Gilbere Forte, Featuring Raak, ‘Black Chukkas’

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“Black Chukkas” takes a look at an ordinary day in the life of up-and-coming MC Gilbere Forte from a perspective that’s anything but ordinary. Take one part “Friday,” one part “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and mix with a deep love of sneaker culture and a ridiculously catchy song, and you get this, the debut single from Philly-via-Michigan rapper.

Lensed by legendary video director Chris Robinson, “Black Chukkas” follows Forte from the perspective of black Vans kicks as he rolls through a typical day of highs and lows and haircuts. Forte hits the barber, grabs some food, runs to catch a bus and tries to avoid alerting his sleeping girlfriend of some of his “extracurricular” activities. It’s all in a day’s work (and play).

The track is taken from Forte’s recently released 87 Dreams, and the video is up as part of this week’s Best Freshmen Videos contest over at mtvU. Check out the video below and be sure to drop by mtvU to vote for your favorite vid.