In a realm where tripped out, mirrored, psychedelic visuals are the go-to, newcomer Topaz Jones aims to set himself apart from the crowd with his new video for “Coping Mechanism.” Jones emerges from the shadows, horns blare and angels sing. Immersed in darkness, Jones looks as though he’s undergoing a baptism by fire. The atmosphere of the video matches the introspective nature and lyrics of song: “Jot down rhymes in my notepad, mechanism to cope with a system that’s hopeless / I hope less of the negativity from my enemies get to me, still end up with mo’ stress.”
Jones opens up on the track revealing the many aspects and pitfalls of his condition. From his doubters, to drug trafficking, to gang violence revealing itself to be nothing more than an extension of past injustice veiled as a new beast. Jones aims to escape this “fundamental darkness” and position himself as the next up.