It just barely missed this week’s list, but I’d like to take a moment for Young Thug’s clip for the Lil Baby/Gunna collab “Chanel.” I would like to thank this video for returning terrible Xena-episode-level CGI to rap videos. It’s been too long! I’d also like to thank it for revealing that all of Atlanta is made out of liquid metal Terminators and/or giant snakes. Good to know! Thanksgiving was last week, so this week’s list covers the past two weeks, as well as one video from the week before that I totally missed somehow. The picks are below.
God bless New York City, a whole town full of performers.
There is something so hypnotic about seeing a chaotic, big-budget rap video, but with all the rapping utterly silenced. It becomes a strange study in pantomime, in performance.
This one takes a little while to get going, but when it does, hoo boy. I couldn’t stop thinking of the scene from the Jersey Shore pilot where Snooki walks into the apartment for the first time, yelling about “party’s here!”
I liked A Star Is Born, but imagine if it looked this hard at performance or narcissism or predatory industry behavior. Imagine if it had this much to say.
It doesn’t happen all that often, but every once in a while, silliness can be transcendent.