Wednesday, May 11, 2022

deep empathy in the art of Kendrick Lamar

Lost in Vegas (Ryan+George) review The Heart Part V

This is the song+video and it's just super.  

In the video, Kendrick disappears into other people's faces, which is how I feel about faces too, what love can do, what unity can do, what artists really do.  Deepfakes were scary but applications like this almost make media technologies worth it.  

Black or White was one level of multimedia eloquence with its unforgettable world-famous humanity-healing face-morphing video - "if you're thinkin' of being my baby it don't matter if you're black or white  🎸paah-ran-paah-rann" you can't leave out that wicked guitar and, still on the topic of uniting, do we understand that it took a lot of people to make this great event so it probably shouldn't be called just a Michael Jackson thing.   

The Heart Part V is a next level, completing a mediumistic vision that has motivated Kendrick all this time in all his art.  Advancing the vision - he's not done yet but this is such an advancement and so wonderfully executed.  You see why he doesn't want you to get enamored with the particularities of his own face - he is one of, he feels a part of, he says it right at the beginning: I am All of Us.  

You know what's coming up next?  Kendrick Lamar's next album: Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers.   I look at it as so much homework now to get through finding more reactions, experiencing the album drop when it comes, embracing all of this as a people, well, as an English-listening people, kumbaya my Lord kumbayaa, mmmm mmm mmm.  

Don't rush it.  

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Sunday, May 01, 2022

May babies

Yaayyy, birthdayyy, 
and also Workers' Day.  

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