Mayer Hawthorne’s Kendrick Lamar-assisted song “Crime” is over a year old, but it’s finally getting an official video. The clip is directed by Parks And Recreation actress Rashida Jones and sees Hawthorne making his way to a white-attire-only party, with Lamar checking in via cellphone for a rap pep talk. “I still can’t believe Rashida agreed to direct,” Hawthorne told Pitchfork. “We had so much fun making this. Her effortlessly cool sense of humor comes through so … uh … effortlessly.” Watch the video and read some words from Jones below.
The video is a parody of ridiculously exclusive parties which are made nearly impossible to get to but tout themselves as ‘the party of the year.’ I liked the idea of the video starting as a sexy getting-ready video and devolving into a messy, very unsexy, unexpected trek. And the final realization is that YOU are the real party! I’m just starting to realize that about myself (which is why I stay home most nights). I am a HUGE fan of Mayer, Kendrick and of the song “Crime” and it was an honor to work with Mayer.
Hawthorne’s Where Does This Door Go is out now via Republic.