The third music video off Invincible’s acclaimed ShapeShifters (2008), “Ropes” addresses the often taboo subject of depression and suicide.
After being accepted by mtvU, the station’s standards department axed the video citing how its “suicidal undertones would be problematic” for a college audience. Ironically, Invincible and Tiombe’s intention with the song is to speak openly and boldly about the prevalence of depression in our communities. With suicide being the third leading cause of death amongh 15-24 year-olds, “Ropes” aims to break the pattern of turning a blind eye to metal health issues, and to begin the process of healing.
“Ropes” was shot at Coney Island’s Astroland on a cold, dreary and rainy day. Rumor has it that historic Astroland will soon be razed to the ground and developed into unaffordable lofts or condos, so this footage is visual preservation as well.
“Ropes” is written and performed by Invincible featuring Tiombe Lockhart over a beat created by Knowledge. The music video is directed by Mr. Complex and the vlog intro was shot by Iqaa the Olivetone and edited by Wesley Taylor.
“Ropes” is featured on the ShapeShifters album, available in the EMERGENCE Store.