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Serious Klein's Reflective Short Film Unpacks the Challenges of Growing Up

The Ghanaian-German rapper is effortlessly vulnerable in his new experimental project, 'The Seed.'

Ghanaian-born, German-based rapper Serious Klein has been one to watch.

Leading up to the release of his debut album, You Should've Known, the artist dropped The Seed—an introspective, episodic short that was shot on film in Ghana featuring two tracks, "Junior" and "These Days."

In the film, Serious Klein explores the cycle of growing up—including the challenges, transitions and temptation that come along the way. The project was shot over 11 days during the first anniversary of the passing of the artist's father. Featuring his family and friends, the film is reflective of his personal journey exploring life between parental custody, the church and the aim of self-fulfillment.


Serious Klein tells The FADER that it was imperative that the visuals for "Junior" and "These Days" were filmed in Ghana, as he wrote them on the bus from Kumasi to Accra.

"...I went back to Ghana last year for the first time in like 25 years," he says. "I wanted to show the true beauty of Ghana because we have a dope ass community over there."

Take a look at The Seed below.

The Seed is written and directed by Berlin directors collective I AM HERE, produced by Iconoclast, TimeScope and The FADER.

Image courtesy of Chude Jideonwo

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