HELLYEAH is MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray, former PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, NOTHINGFACE's Tom Maxwell on guitar and new bassist, Kyle Sanders (former member of BLOODSIMPLE and the brother of MASTODON's Troy Sanders)
Lil Chris is part of a new generation of video directors — and I mean that literally, since his Dad is director and Robot Films owner Chris Robinson. "Boss Ass Bitch" starts off like a Boyz II Men homage, but then gets a a lot more modern but letting things get as ratchet and fun as the track.
Beyonce's Visual Album kicks off with "Pretty Hurt," drawing upon memories of childhood beauty pageants, but with a specific focus on the forced smiles, forced diets and other pressures. Eventually it all comes to a head for Miss Third Ward with pageant host Harvey Keitel.
There's a decent chance that Tyler The Creator crosses way too many lines for you to really get with him — most bars feature at least one word that's not considered kosher for polite society — but "Tamale" is him at his random best, pinging back and forth between making serious points and getting silly. Visually, it's a blast, but there' usually a counterbalance: The ass trampoline gets contrasted with a censored bit of presumed violence, and just when you think he's about to take the piss out of a boring indie rock Zombie appregio riff, he uses as a chance to get deep.
Also worth noting: Tyler could probably have a lucrative career as a director — yes, he's Wolf Haley — if he gets tired of rhyming.
Fittingly, the video is black & white, using vfx dots and graphing coordinates to make sure you learn to the "Black Jack White" dance. There's something intriguing about it — even the odd props, like an old-fashioned NordicTrack exercise machine.
Depending on your age and geography, Montauk either brings to mind images of Hamptons preppy chic, or the working-class fisherman enclave that it was for so long (or, if you're Mick Jagger, you think of Memory Motel).