Master Of None co-creator Alan Yang directs a genius video that pokes fun at the fact that Friends was an exceptionally white show, by recasting a remake with a who's who of current black stars, including Jerrod Carmichael, Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson and Lil Rel Howery.
How do you follow-up the Harlem Shake? First, you get Jay-Z and rap producer JustBlaze on-board. And instead of inspiring a viral dance craze, you let director NABIL follow his muse to India for a mini-movie in which students of the Viswabharath Kalari Sangam martial arts school decide to teach their elders the true way of a warrior.
This teaser for the upcoming short-film Clapping For The Wrong Reason doesn't provide enough meat to really determine what it's gonna be — perhaps we need one of those "In a world where..." voiceovers — but it does look intriguing with a cast that ranges from Flying Lotus to porn star Abella Anderson, and, of course, actor Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover himself.
Director Mike Piscitelli ensures you won't hear this new J. Cole single as just another love song, delivering a dark meditative tale set back in the rapper's Fayetteville, NC hometown. The basic set-up is a love triangle of sorts, involving Miguel and a beautiful woman, but J-Cole's solution is probably closer to what you'd expect in a Sopranos episode than in a video for a critically and commercially acclaimed hip-hop star.
James Blake takes a wooded walkabout to the ocean's edge in this gorgous new NABIL video. It's clearly a dreamscape, with death stalking Blake's every step and threatening to snatch him off to a forever slumber.
The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye is a stranger in a strange land for this beautiful, yet gloomy NABIL video. A foreign language talk show appearance that feels more like a clinical examination than something meant to attract viewers. The ghost of a lover watching at home. Not even the topless strippers can cheer him up, which isn't a surprise since they look dead-eyed and clearly under duress.
It's the kind of video that makes you wonder what Prince coulda done if he had been peaking in the NSFW age. And yes, it's NSFW, unless you work on a European beach