Clip Bin #6: Killer Mike, GOOD Music, The Killers, Frank Ocean, Die Antwoord + more
It’s been a long week, but now its time to kick back and watch some cracking music videos, and there’s truly something for everyone this time ’round.
In the timeless words of Alex DeLarge, if you’re in the mood for a bit of the ol’ ultraviolence, Killer Mike delivers in spades (alongside gratuitous zombie strippers). However, if you feel like something a bit more left-field, you can peep Ninja from Die Antwoord wielding a samurai sword whilst wearing bright red budgie smugglers. I couldn’t be any more serious.
Fortunately, The Killers, Kanye & co., Danny Brown, Frank Ocean andD’Angelo manage to keep things above board for the more conservative among us.
Killer Mike – Big Beast ft. Bun B, T.I., Trouble & El-P (NSFW)
Killer Mike definitely takes the cake this week (as I’m sure he does most weeks) for the action packed visuals he’s paired with lead single Big Beast, off of his collab album with El-P.
The high stakes, 10 minute clip complements the intensity of the track perfectly, and sports a healthy serving of zombies to boot.
That being said, the clip itself is well and truly NSFW, and I wouldn’t recommend watching it over your morning cereal; unless the sight of a man getting his tongue ripped out tickles your fancy.
GOOD Music – Mercy ft. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
After the visually stunning No Church in the Wild, Kanye returns to deliver a rather subdued visual treatment for the GOOD Music posse cut Mercy.
The understated black and white visuals are punctuated by the Lamorghini (Mercy) Murcielago which serves as the focal point of the track.
All in all, the scaled back approach allows the focus to fall solely on the rappers as they trade some fierce bars.
The Killers – Battle Born
Teenage girls are set to swoon all over again as Brandon Flowers returns alongside the Las Vegas rock outfit The Killers.
After warm reviews following their 2008 commercial hit Day & Age, it’ll be interesting to see if the group’s been able to use the 4 year recording hiatus to develop their sound and improve on their previous outings.
Die Antwoord – Baby’s on Fire
Predictably unpredictable, the South African pair once again provide a clip that’s as equally disturbing as it is entertaining.
Danny Brown – Grown Up
The aptly titled Grown Up follows a sharply dressed, young incarnation of Mr Brown, complete with his instantly recognizable trademark fringe.
Greg Brunkulla, who helmed the video, does an admirable job of capturing Danny’s exuberance and even manages to throw in a nod to the wordsmith’s gap teeth after the pint-size Danny takes a slow-mo tumble of his bike.
D’Angelo Plugs in for GQ
It’s good to finally see D back in the fold after some time spent away from the public eye.
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Perhaps the most exciting development this week came from the Frank Ocean camp as the crooner announced he’d be dropping some new material on Jul 17 without too much further elaboration.
It’s been a long year since Frankie graced us all with his debut album Nostalgia, Ultra, and we can only hope this is a sign his sophomore effort isn’t too far off of the horizon.