Review: Giggs drops short film “The Essence” starring Buck, Ashley Chin, Suspect & more

Giggs delivers powerful messages in short film “The Essence” featuring MichaelBuckMaris , Ashley Chin, Suspect & more

One of Giggs’ most popular songs goes by the name of “The Essence“, taken from his 2017 mixtape “Wamp 2 Dem“. It’s likely that the name of this popular release inspired the title for his well-put-together short film, which debuted yesterday via YouTube.

The talented rapper makes a brief cameo, but his manager and best friend MichaelBuckMaris plays a central role alongside the likes of Ashley ChinSuspect, April Walker, and many others. Director and creative Myles Whittingham – who also did Giggs latest “Big Bad” album campaign – handles the direction of the film here.

This storyline could be one you’re familiar with, perhaps one which on the surface could be brushed off as a simple hood tale. However, there are a lot of deeper messages embedded into the fabrics of this mini-movie.

Not only is this about loyalty, crime, and betrayal (written skillfully by Buck & Ashley), but it’s even more so about life after jail for some people and the realities that they face. It’s about the culture that surrounds UK rap and drill music, and the middle-class adolescents who are disconnected from the violence that lap it up for entertainment. It touches on the role of women in our lives, particularly black women, and also how your surroundings can keep you from progressing in life.

If anything this film provides an understanding of what life is like for some souls in rough communities, who want better for themselves, and their families, but can’t evade the challenges that they have to face on a daily basis.

Ultimately, it depicts the other, less glamorous side of the roads/streets, one which isn’t often talked about as often as it is glorified. Giggs, Buck and the team deserve commendation for making such powerful statements, especially doing so whilst at the height of his career, from which he decided to say something important to his fan base and community.

The scenes are captured well, soundtracked well and most importantly they’re acted well, a harmonic combo designed for a much bigger platform.

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