The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

SZA – “Supermodel” Video

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Last month, SZA finally released her long-awaited debut, Ctrl, and now she’s started putting out videos for tracks from it. We’ve already seen one for “Drew Barrymore,” with a cameo from Barrymore herself, and today SZA has shared a new clip for “Supermodel.” It was directed by all-time-great Nabil and features SZA emerging … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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st82videoYou would’ve never expected Metallica to be the next A-list artist to try out the whole “visual album” thing, but that happened this week. They made their own Ride The Lemonade. And some of the videos are pretty good! With “ManUNKind,” veteran pop-video transgressor Jonas Åkerlund made a nicely gory salute to Scandinavian … More »

Watch Vince Staples’ Hallucinatory, NSFW, Nabil-Directed Prima Donna Short Film

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Vince Staples - Prima Donna videoLast week, Vince Staples released the truly great new EP Prima Donna. And along with that EP, Staples and the great music-video director Nabil also made an accompanying short film, and Staples just shared it this morning. The film starts when Staples walks off a music-video set, and from there, it takes him … More »

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Reebok Commercial

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Kendrick Lamar Reebok ClassicReebok must have given Cornrow Kenny a lot of money to slang Classics for them. I probably haven’t seen a Reebok Classic on the feet of someone under 60 in years, but Lamar even had them on for his Grammy performance earlier this year while he was in shackles and chains as an inmate. While … More »