Video: White John – “By Yourself“
The Inglewood Rapper Can Only Rely On Himself In the Latest Video from His Cases Still Pending EP
“Where did White John come from? Did he drop from the sky? Was he created in a lab? We’ll never know. Regardless, the Inglewood rapper has quickly become a must-know name on the West Coast.” – Pitchfork
“The self-proclaimed ‘Mr. F*ck LAPD,’ John has a swagger undoubtedly forged by moving in Piru sections of the city. If he continues to improve at this rate, he might be next up far beyond Inglewood.” – SPIN
“Everybody in LA loves White John. He’s from Inglewood. He grew up down the street. He went to Westchester High. He’s always been around everybody. He should’ve been rapping, but he was into living the fast life. Everything he be talking about is real sh*t. LAPD really does hate his ass.” – Rucci, to The FADER
Building a reputation with his rock-solid flow and outsized persona, White John worked hard for everything he has. Proudly practicing the art of self-reliance, the rapper also known as Mr. F*ck The LAPD shares “By Yourself,” his latest music video. Blessed with a bass-heavy instrumental from Ace The Face, “By Yourself” is a propulsive and emotionally complex bit of Cali fire. The song is packed with White John’s trademark in-your-face aggression (“Second of all, f*ck the opps and they dead homies”), but it also speaks to the loneliness and pain that fuels John’s me-against-the-world attitude: “Ion even talk to my moms/Ion even think she’d care if I was gone.” In the video, directed by the White Gurb’s frequent collaborator Mr.RealMovie, John stalks the streets of Inglewood in a bunny-eared hoodie, showing off the otherworldly confidence required to get by in his neighborhood by his lonely. “By Yourself” is the latest video from Cases Still Pending, John’s recently released EP.
Painting a picture of his chaotic and cinematic life, Cases Still Pending proves why White Johnis one of L.A.’s most colorful rap characters. Wielding a laid-back, yet insistent flow, John sits firmly in the pocket of the propulsive West Coast production, crafted by the likes of scene sound architects like Beat Boy and Ace The Face, alternating outlandish flexes and hedonistic odes to the turn-up lifestyle with sober reflections on the realities of street life. Cases Still Pending is home to previous video singles including the OMB Peezy-featuring “Dead Homies“ (250k views) and the trippy “I Need Drugs” (228k views), featuring an appearance from White John’s Inglewood associate Rucci. The sequel to last year’s Cases Pending EP, home to the rapper’s street hit “Crazy,” Cases Still Pending is available now on all platforms.
Respected in his hometown for his unapologetic realness and fluency with slang, White John rose to local hero status in L.A. in 2020. He caught the attention of his city with songs like “Crazy” and “Road Runnin’,” racking up hundreds of thousands of streams on YouTube and Spotify. He’s been praised by the likes of Pitchfork and SPIN, and collaborated with Fenix Flexin, Lil House Phone, and many others in the L.A. scene. Look for White John to make much more noise as 2021 moves along.
Watch “By Yourself”: https://youtu.be/Os3jeRP0T_o
Buy/Stream Cases Still Pending EP: https://lnk.to/CasesStillPending
Cases Still Pending EP tracklist:
- By Yourself
- Dead Homies ft. OMB Peezy
- I Need Drugs ft. Rucci
- No Phones
- Switch On Me
- Thug Life ft. Rucci & Big Sad 1900
“By Yourself”: https://youtu.be/Os3jeRP0T_o
“I Need Drugs” ft. Rucci: https://youtu.be/O0FDIK8xILQ
Cases Still Pending EP: https://lnk.to/CasesStillPending
“Dead Homies” ft. OMB Peezy: https://youtu.be/cRv-g3Fbpb4
“Road Runnin”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUYNxxpids0