Billie Eilish spreads her black wing as she makes her way across a literally scorched earth — which ties in nicely with the Call To Action note on her YouTube page to galvinize action to combat climate change.
If a room full of rappers banged away randomly at typewriters for an infinite amount of time, would they write something as good as Eminem's "Stan"? Probably not, but this videos let's us into Em's creative process, as we see him metaphorically deal with with living up to his stature and navigating the sometimes icy waters of inspiration.
Lana Del Rey has done slow, sultry and stunning before —and those three are all apt descriptors here — but "Love" boasts some of her best visuals to date, especially the mid-video run that has the characters literally floating.
Just another evening for Adam Levine, except for two weird things: 1) His supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo asks him to pick up milk; and 2) He swings by Future's house for a listening session where he falls into a Deep Dream.
You knew Eminem's history with both Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre meant he would show up in the Apple Music launch, but did you expect his contribution to be a music video that casts him as an ass-kicking Neo-style action-adventure star? Or, for John Malkovich to have a cameo as a mysterious purveyor of noodles and wisdom? The nearly 8-minute big-budget opus starts in a hospital and ends with a helicopter leap to a rendezvous with Dr Dre — plus, instead of the usual Beats product placements, we get an integrated storyline with an Apple Watch.
Fergie's got the West Coast's current top beatmaker DJ Mustard on the beat (hoe) in this tribute to California Girls and the bright lights of LA. Stay tuned to the end for the postcard recap, where specific video cameos by the likes of Wilmer Valderrama and Kelly Osbourne are joined by shout-outs by Ryan Seacrest and other L.A. lovers.
In a way, there's likely more Michael Jackson in this video than on this posthumous "contemporized" version of a previously unreleased song. Justin Timberlake easily steps into the main role here, keeping a smile on his face and replicating some iconic moves — needs. more. moonwalk. — on some sets that also shout out various MJ video classics, like the "Bad" turnstiles and the "Beat It" pool hall. For good measure, we also get archived shots of the main man in NTSC action, plus lots of fans to dance and smile along to the groove.
Usually all the star power in a movie video is via the film footage. Not the case here, as Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and even composer Hans Zimmer all show up to electrify NYC just as much as what we see in the Spider-Man 2 clips.
Eminem as Max Headroom is the perfect visual metaphor for Eminem as a Perfect Rap Android, but director Rich Lee also takes the "man x machine" idea into lots of other areas, with just the right amount of divinity for our Rap God...