Music Video Roundup: Future, Joey Bada$$, 6LACK, dvsn, The xx, and JIL
Intentional imagery and message-making clips.
Future, “Use Me”
Future meets with his younger self at a diner who takes him on a night drive to, as the rapper’s narrated outro reveals, his grandmother’s house where a woman has been tied up after being robbed.
Joey Bada$$, “Land of the Free”
What begins calmly enough, as Joey is seen playing in a field with kids dressed in all white, eventually becomes visual commentary on today’s social and political climate. Black men, lined up and chained, are shot by law enforcement who, in a later scene and while in front of a burning cross, reveal themselves to be members of the KKK. But rain comes and seems to offer some hope. REVOLT named Joey’s upcoming All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (due April 7) one its Most Anticipated Albums of 2017.
6LACK enjoys what he likely believes to be an innocent night out with a girl, but after one drink he finds himself suspended and strapped down strings, courtesy of the captor who seems to be superfan. REVOLT named 6LACK one of its Best New Acts of 2016.
The rise and fall of a relationship–think: fighting and f–cking, reveling and reminiscing–is documented with distortion and disappearing acts to the point where both viewers and the couple seem to be unsure if realities are becoming memories or vice versa. REVOLT named dvsn’s Sept. 5th one of its Best Debut Projects of 2016.
The xx, “Say Something Loving”
Interspersed with footage of the band performing in a blue room are scenes of the trio’s hometown of London, the city’s locals, vintage video game footage, and starry skies. REVOLT named The xx’s I See You one of its Most Anticipated Albums of 2017.
JIL, “All Your Words”
While dreaming, a woman re-encounters a passenger she spotted on a train earlier that day and what ensues are motorcycle rides and romantic trips to cemeteries, deserts, fields, and bars, but the fantasy has an ominous ending.