In early January, Detroit rapper Boldy James was involved in a serious car accident, suffering neck and foot injuries that required a stay in the ICU. Just over a week later, he released a new album. Indiana Jones, a collaboration with producer Rich Gains, continues James’s years-long hot streak (he’s appeared on our year-end album list twice in two years with 2021’s Alchemist-produced Bo Jackson and last year’s Nicholas Craven collab Fair Exchange No Robbery), and the latest drop felt like a statement that he wasn’t going to let anything stop his momentum.
On Monday (January 31), James shared a new set of visuals from the project. It’s unclear when the video for “Another Bando” featuring Jai Imani was filmed, but it’s hard not to feel encouraged about James’s health by the simple fact of its release. Visually speaking, the video has unremarkable ambition relative to other rappers, but it’s boosted by the presence of James, who owns the frame with even the slightest of movements.