Video: RETRO – “Resist”

Atlanta-by-way-of-Detroit Rapper is Blessed with Hennessey in First Visual From Forthcoming The Six Mixtape via The Smoking Section


Resist Video
Critical Praise for RETRO:

“…Retro slips in clever asides too, like a sly reference to Rick Ross getting dropped from Reebok after his molly-all-in-her-champagne debacle.” – The FADER

The edgy track combines some off the wall production with an unorthodox flow in carving out a total experience for new listeners seeking alternative hip hop freshness.” – Earmilk

“[We] can assure you that Retro and the rest of the Rocket Team are gonna be the new faces of Hip-Hop.” – Fly Little Things 

The Video:

Trickling blood, weeping angels, decaying brick walls in downtown Atlanta; all of these scenes paint the picture for Atlanta-based, Detroit-born rapper RETRO‘s latest visual, “Resist.” Premiered by The Smoking Section and directed by Nick May, the sinister video shows the 22-year-old rapper flaunting with gold chains and a Local Trap Star sweatshirt. “RETRO is coming out the gates strong,” says The Smoking Section, adding that the video is  “quite the theatrical ordeal.” It follows the release of the audio single, which debuted with EARMILK, and is from the rapper’s forthcoming mixtape, The Six, set to be released later this summer.

As the youngest of six children, RETRO learned from an early age that he had to stomp his foot in the ground to be noticed. With an introductory image of religious paintings, statutes, and blood being washed away, the visual poses as a symbol of awareness. RETRO raps “I used to turn on a CD/ now I go open my bible,” proceeding to say “I see the fame, I see a change.”  Retro puts a unique spin on a track that is expresses a combination of serious, pensive, and reflective tones while intertwining hints of sarcasm and humor.

Earlier this year, RETRO performed on a multi-city tour with Rich Homie Quan and Riff Raff. Expressing his love and gratitude for the opportunity, he confidently says “I’ve learned that performing is my favorite part about the music. I’ve seen crowds of thousands and thousands of people, but I don’t get nervous. I was born for this.”

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Listen to “Resist”: [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with RETRO.

The Background:

After moving to Atlanta from Detroit with his family at age 12, RETRO found a whole new host of melodies to fall in love with, from the work of Jermaine Dupri to the then-recently released OutKast LP, SpeakerBoxx/The Love Below. He found inspiration in a whole new sound. “I love Atlanta hip-hop to a certain extent,” he says, pausing. “I’d be lying if I said Atlanta didn’t help me become who I am.” The ability to flip between a Midwestern flair and the flashiness of Atlanta’s rap scene makes RETRO’s lane unparalleled, but beyond the music he has countless other goals that he and his Rocket Team, a crew of 15-plus, plan on executing. His forthcoming mixtape, The Six, is due later this summer.

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