If there was a definitive video for the post-sad Little Pain era, it's "Marceline." Inspired by Cartoon Network's Adventure Time character, Marceline, as well as The Lost Boyz's "Renee," the Brooklyn-based rapper's latest visuals incorporate two things he adores—cartoons and the hip-hop he grew up with.
"Marceline" is off his recently released L.I.T.T.L.E. mixtape, and features Pain delivering his distinct flow and ode to a special someone over the Nik Nikateen-production.
"The song was inspired by Cartoon Network's Adventure Time character, Marceline, who is the Vampire Queen. She has a rough, hardcore exterior, but she's vulnerable, emotional, and loving on the inside—which I feel like most people can relate too," Pain says. "I watch cartoons on the regular and Adventure Time is one of my favorite shows, so I wanted to somehow incorporate that into my music."
Pain continues, "Growing up I was also a huge fan of songs like Method Man's 'All I Need' and The Lost Boyz's 'Renee,' so I wanted to make a track and video that gave me the same nostalgic feeling. Hip-hop and R&B are currently in a time where it doesn't seem like there's much room for love songs or the appreciation of women in general, so it seems like perfect timing to me."
Check out the video above, which is directed by Freshpres. Pain's "Marceline" is available on iTunes.