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Lor Scoota releases 'Bird Flu' video featuring Shy Glizzy

Rising Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota releases his video for "Bird Flu."

One of the fastest rising rappers in the city also has one of the catchiest mantras: "Scoota up next!"

Lor Scoota's mixtape "Still N the Trenches Volume II" has been rattling car speakers and earbuds since its May release. Now, on Halloween, Scoota continues to make his case by releasing a video for the project's biggest song, "Bird Flu." It features another area star, Washington's Shy Glizzy, whose current single, "Awwsome," is a staple around Baltimore right now.

You can watch the James Jones-directed video above. (Note: The song contains explicit language, and the clip might have a blunt in it.)

If you have listened to 92Q recently — especially during the Orioles' playoff run — you likely heard two versions of "Bird Flu." Hopping on the baseball team's wave, the radio station asked Scoota to record a radio-friendly version in support of the team. Scoota, to his credit, delivered a love letter to his city without relying on awkward sports references. 

But to be clear, the original and superior "Bird Flu" is a matter-of-fact ode to drug dealing. (The hard-to-forget hook goes, "We're selling scramble, coke and smack.") Some could find the song's lack of remorse troubling, but "Bird Flu" — an attitude-first song that refuses to bend to subtlety or kowtow to authority — is not for them.

Smartly, the video is performance driven. Scoota, dressed in an Adam Jones O's jersey and matching hat, fills the screen with charisma while Glizzy — on the brink of major national recognition — keeps his cool. The whole thing wastes zero time getting to the point, and that's a large part of the appeal. (The Vine-ready, hunched-over wrist-action dance doesn't hurt either.)

The "Bird Flu" video follows two other recent Baltimore hip-hop videos of note. Young Moose, another Baltimore rapper with a swelling movement, was able to post bond earlier this week after a city judge called his confinement (based on alleged drug charges) without bail "cruel and unusual." The black-and-white video for his stomping single, "Dumb Dumb," (contains explicit language) was released last month. Then, a few days ago, 92Q's DJ AngelBaby released the video for her Mighty Mark-produced Baltimore Club single, "Avenue." All three of these songs share a common characteristic in their abilities to evoke strong, uplifted and visceral reactions. Now, we have videos that capture them.

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If you go

Lor Scoota performs Nov. 8 at The Crown (1910 N. Charles St., Station North) as a part of the party KAHLON. Abdu Ali, Dark Sister, Bemi Osa will also perform, and DJ Booman and Joey LaBeija will have DJ sets. Admission is $8.

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