video: MOE, “NO HOLDS BARRED”
from the Is Anybody Listening 3 mixtape
New Orleans rapper Moe presents the Erik Bartney-directed music video for “No Holds Barred”, the Automatik Beats-produced single from the third volume of his mixtape series Is Anybody Listening, which features beats from Humbeats and Trackanometry. Born at Charity Hospital – the same hospital as Lil Wayne – both his parents were incarcerated by the time he was 6, leaving him in the care of his grandmother. Moe was writing rhymes by the time she moved him to Los Angeles a few years later, “often times rapping about my parents,” he says. “No resentment lyrics though, just my thoughts on the situation.” A few school expulsions later he was back in New Orleans, playing basketball and recording the songs that would lead to 2012, the year he dropped a staggering four mixtapes. “My inspiration for the song was everything that transpired in my life during that period,” says Moe. “From getting put out and having my family turn their back on me, to leaving New Orleans for New York to pursue music and just all the emotions I was feeling at that point.
Author: James Dunn