American Dreams by Maneikis
Rapper’s addiction ode saves souls
By Kahron Spearman,
12:45PM, Wed. Jul. 12, 2017
Austin MC and local educator Greg Maneikis shares a message of hope through powerful visuals for “American Dreams,” a raw story of addiction through what he calls “the metaphor of love.” The track is produced by the Kansas City-based O Maille and features talented local hip-hop/R&B singer Bateau.
“Once I heard the beat, I tried to first feel the emotion behind it by listening to it for almost one week straight, then create a story in my mind that captured that emotion I discovered while listening,” says the Boston native.
Directed by filmmaker Diego Lozano, the video presents a protagonist in two realities: an alternate narrative born of survivor’s guilt and addiction, and a true reality that shows people loving him despite his affliction.
“I’ve received so many messages saying this video changed their life or stopped them from committing suicide, and I was blown away,” says the rapper. “As an artist, you always hope your work will reach just one soul, but to have thousands of people respond to something you created is beautiful.”