After you get past the piercing, brooding eyes of twin rockers Jackson and Coleman Vrana—who together make up the gay West Hollywood hip-hop duo Elephant–then you can focus on the thought-provoking lyrics of their newest track, “The Let-Go,” which features lesbian Christian rap duo Yo! Majesty.
Oh, and the boys like to get messy: Check out the paint in the video below.
“The paint symbolizes our struggle to color everyone’s black-and-white view of religion, its rules and ultimate oppression of minorities in America,” explains Jackson. “It’s like us painting our own view, so to speak.”
If you’re heard their past work, then you know the importance of their lyrics. Elephant doesn’t do ballads.
“We wanted to write a song about religion that asked people to think for themselves instead of relying on religion to think for them,” says Coleman Vrana. “We’re not religious in any way, but unlike Queer Nation (the twin’s most recent album) this isn’t any kind of attack. We wanted to inspire the same kind of liberation we felt as kids in Oklahoma when we started to recognize all of the hatred coming from people around us–and their justifications for it–based on the word of God.”
Photos via Elephant