Ireland-raised, London-based Famous Eno is a DJ, producer, and member of Swing Ting — a Manchester-based dancehall/bashment/grime collective who throw some of the best parties in the city. His new single “Gangsters” is a grimy club belter featuring three top MCs: A Game of Kingston, Jamaica, Birmingham-raised Serocee, and Manchester legend Fox.
Its video, directed by Jamie Delaney, depicts the ‘gangsters’ of the track’s title — two crooked police officers — terrorising South London. Directed by Jamie Delaney, the video features up-and-coming British actors Chris Obi (appearing in an upcoming remake of Roots on The History Channel) and Dominique Tipper (The Expanse on SyFy).
“I really wanted to do a video that told a story, a twist on the lyrical content of the track,” says Famous Eno, “I’m fed up of MCs miming their bars on rooftops or in front of blue screens! Jamie is a super-talented director, so we gave him full creative control.”
“When Eno first sent me the track I knew I wanted to do some kind of twist on the idea of gangsters,” says Jamie Delaney, “But it’s such a clichéd topic, it needed to have some weird angle. We both agreed there should be a black comedic element to the video, but still be somewhat shocking and real. Budget was tight, so when Eno said his studio was in a decommissioned police station complete with cells the idea hit — let’s make a film about two cops who pretty much act like two 12 year old bullies. They treat their beat like a school yard, and the public their terrorised classmates.”