‘Til The Break Of Don’, the title track of Lalo The Don’s upcoming album, is accompanied by one of two videos filmed with pro-wrestler Hana Kimura, who sadly took her own life last year. Lalo The Don and Hana were fans of each other’s work and also friends; Lalo, now a rap artist, was previously a wrestler. Lalo shares top bill with Kimura, in the video for ‘Til The Break Of Don’, a colourful sci-fi clip that will serve as a panacea for her fans and everyone else who misses her.
22-year-old Kimura had established herself as a star in the Japanese World Wonder Ring, where she was better known as Stardom, and achieved international celebrity through her championship bouts and her prominent role on Netflix’s reality series, ‘Terrace House Tokyo’. She was called one of the most talented female wrestlers in the world by none other than Io Shirai of WWE NXT, but, like so many young people who lead their lives in front of the camera, Hana was the victim of terrible abuse from viewers, posting horrible messages on internet forums. The cyberbullying became too much for her.
The video for ‘Til The Break Of Don’ ends with an appeal to visit the charity site rememberhana.com, and a preview for the second video Lalo did with Hana. The rest of the video is a showcase for why fans will never forget her. We see her at the helm of a spacecraft, decked out in a neon-bright outfit- skin-tight athletic top, fuzzy green leg-warmers, sneakers, glittering pink eye-shadow, and fuzzy boots. There’s plenty of footage of Lalo too, seated at a wooden business desk behind an antique typewriter, addressing the audience with that same combination of approachability and authority that all his fans will recognize instantly.
Watch the video below for ‘Til The Break Of Don’, and check out the artist and his music online on Instagram.