The 12-minute downbeat epic “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” is the dark night of Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, the point in the album’s loose narrative when, after the liquor-pounding “Swimming Pools (Drank)” spirals into a violent episode, our hero takes a long, contemplative look at his life and the reality of the people around him. A segment from the track’s “Sing About Me” half serves as the soundtrack for a new video from director Darren Romanelli that transposes scenes of Kendrick in Compton with artist Eddie Peake working on a mixed-medium graffiti mural. The video was released with the following statement:
When the lights shut off, an artist’s dream is that their work will stand the test of time. The ones that influence our culture are the ones we most remember. Here, two powerful creative forces come together to elevate the status quo and lay ground to their legacy. This is their poetry. Sing about them. This is part one.
Watch the video below. Part 2 (“Dying Of Thirst”) is scheduled for January release.