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VIDEO: GEM TREE "MARY JANE"

Rising star and hometown hero Gem Tree released her video for the funkadelic, neo-soul song “Mary Jane”. Shot and edited by the duo, Kalyn Jacobs and Jovan Leslie Monique the visuals offer a fun tribute to the herb, paying homage to black women along the way.

Gem and three others, Chicago stylist, Sal Yvat, hairstylist GoToTheMo, and The Corner Series’ Samantha Brown are dancing on a rooftop when the video begins. The choreography, all done by Gem herself, is both tough and fluid echoing the sharp synths placed against Gem’s rich vocals. The dance sequence is cut with scenes of Gem wandering through the Garfield Conservatory. She weaves throughout the vibrant shrubbery, offering a soft touch or romantic glance as she sings “ Do you, do you, do you, do you think you love me Mary like I love you under pressure, got my blood up, you my measure.” We then meet Gem with other women confidently draped against marble columns on the steps of a church. The several scenes are exchanged until Gem disappears into the greenery.

One can’t help but bob your head to Gem’s phsycialledic “Mary Jane.” The herb is a medication as much as it is an escape, helping Gem “balance all [her] levels, and weather through whatever”.” Being her “good luck and her treasure,” speaks to the healing and restorative properties attributed to cannabis. Communities of color utilize the plant for more than its recreational use, and Gem’s video capitalizes on just that. Weed is an agent for self care with almost holy properties, as Gem on the church steps sings about Mary Jane fixing her doubts and making her ego soar.

Watch the video below.

 

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