Pacman and Peso, the local rappers with the quixotic goal of making a music video in the most repressive regime in the world, have returned to the States with video evidence of their success. “I’m at the top of the world and feeling strong,” Peso says in one shot of “Escape to North Korea,” which was uploaded earlier this week.
Their journey began back in August when Pacman and Peso, whose real names are Anthony Bobb and Dontray Ennis, posted a plea on the fundraising site Kickstarter. They, along with their producer Ramsey Aburdene, wanted to raise $6,000 to travel to Pyongyang, figuring it couldn’t be any more dangerous or violent than the Southeast D.C. and Landover, Md. neighborhoods they’d grown up in. The Washington Post published an in-depth article on their dream; their story was then picked up by international media, who found the goal both bizarre and beguiling. They ultimately raised $10,000, with $5,000 coming from a hedge fund manager named James Passin who Business Week once referred to as “the American who bought Mongolia.”
“Escape to North Korea” features footage of Pacman and Peso taking public transportation, watching movies on a tour bus, standing in front of banners featuring Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un, and walking through public squares surrounded by boxy buildings and wide expanses of pavement. Turns out, Pyongyang looks a lot like…L’Enfant Plaza.