Classic Music Video Wednesday

Today, we have decided to take a look back on some of the most iconic and metaphorical music videos ever made. You can watch the following videos and build your own music video playlists by using the Edge Music Network app or this website.

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.

Released: 2017

Directed by Dave Meyers

Kendrick Lamar’s most notable music video “HUMBLE.”, shows Kendrick Lamar’s greatness through various clothing and cinematography. Throughout the video, Kendrick Lamar is dawned in clothing like priest attire, Steve Job’s attire, and an all white suit. His clothing in the video represents how he is above the fold and revolutionary in the rap industry. The director, Dave Meyers, also highlighted Kendrick Lamar’s greatness through different methods of lighting. At several moments during the video, a single white light casts down on Kendrick as if he was the chosen one. The astounding metaphorical imagery in the video for “HUMBLE.”, makes it one of the most well made rap videos of all time.

Kanye West – Sierra Leone

Released: 2005

Directed by Hype Williams

The music video for “Diamonds” or “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”, displays the hardships child miners face in harvesting diamonds in Sierra Leone. Kanye is also shown rapping and traveling in Prague churches. The music video attempts to emphasize that excessive greed leads to horrible consequences and we must repent for our sins. The video’s important message earned it a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video at the 37th NAACP Image Awards.

Beck – The New Pollution

Released: 1996

Directed by Beck

“The New Pollution” music video shows a variety of references to 1950-1960’s images and scenarios. The video actually heavily relies on music videos made by the singer, ” Serge Gainsbourg.” The scenes where Beck is being surrounded by women dancers was taken from the music video “Monsieur William” and the scenes of Beck driving in his car is a clear reference to the music video for “Histoire de Melody Nelson.” The video’s ode to Serge Gainsbourg garnered “The New Pollution” 5 nominations and three wins at the MTV VMA’s.