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“N95” music video by Kendrick Lamar has nothing to do with the mask

“N95” music video by Kendrick Lamar has nothing to do with the mask

The music video for “N95” by Kendrick Lamar is now available. This marks the first time a track from his latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers has been transformed into a visual.

The “N95” video was live on YouTube Saturday afternoon (May 14). Director Kendrick and his partner Dave Free managed production. As the production company for the eccentric video, they cite their multi-faceted agency pgLang.

This video contains several references to religion, among them crosses that hang on the walls of one room, Kendrick hovering above water with his arms outstretched like Jesus on the cross, and K Dot’s godly flow throughout the video. A cameo appearance by Baby Keem also appears in the mainly black-and-white project.

There are also a few times in the video when the phrase, “THIS HAUNTED HARD” flashes across the screen, but the reminder is unnecessary. There is a lot going on with this visual, which hopefully Kendrick will explain in the future.

A teaser for the video was posted on Free’s Twitter account Friday (May 13). Accra, Ghana, was also tagged in the video, perhaps indicating the location of the shooting.

Kendrick released the audio and visual version of the fifth installment of “The Heart” series earlier this week. The internet almost froze up the moment the media dropped it. It was his dynamic wordplay and strong cadences that made the visual’s deep fakes, which appeared with certain bars, a valuable contribution.

The actor transforms himself into Kanye West, Will Smith, OJ Simpson, Jussie Smollett, as well as former NBA player Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant. Certainly one of the most creative ways to create a visual and he certainly hit the nail on the head with his approach.

A concert tour called “The Big Steppers Tour” will mark the start of K Dot’s touring career in July. This year, Kendrick’s world tour will take him around the world, and it will end in New Zealand in December. Baba Keem is scheduled to perform as the supporting act on all dates, while Tanna Leone will join the crew on select dates.

A deluxe edition of ‘Ctrl’ is unveiled by SZA

A deluxe edition of ‘Ctrl’ is unveiled by SZA

The release of SZA debut studio album Ctrl, five years ago this week, marks a milestone. 14 tracks were included on the album, including collaborations with none other than Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Isaiah Rashad, and James Fauntleroy. SZA and Top Dawg Entertainment were able to achieve significant critical and commercial success with the project. This included landing SZA at number three on the Billboard 200 before her music spent an incredible 260 weeks atop that chart. Over the years, the project has also been certified double Platinum and released classic singles including “The Weekend,” “Love Galore,” and “Broken Clocks.”

SZA and TDE announced that they will upgrade Ctrl’s fifth anniversary with a deluxe upgrade. This upgrade includes seven additional songs recorded between 2014 and 2017, as the singer revealed at the time. Among the seven songs is an alternative version of “Love Galore” which includes a new verse by singer SZA, adding to the song’s original theme of regret about love gone by:

In the months since the release of Ctrl, SZA has teased a forthcoming album through loose tracks such as “Passport,” “Hit Different,” “Good Days,” “Nightbird,” “Joni,” and “I Hate U.” Additionally, she contributed music to a series of big moments in entertainment, including Lamar’s score to Black Panther, as well as collaborations with DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Justin Timberlake, Post Malone, and Megan Thee Stallion.

BET Awards 2020 Five critical things

BET Awards 2020 Five critical things

BET Awards 2020: Five critical things to understand, from Michelle Obama’s Beyoncé tribute to the ‘Battle the Power’ remix  In the 2020 BET Awards on Sunday night, famous people from Jamie Foxx and Viola Davis to Kendrick Lamar and Tracee Ellis Ross showed up on video screens together to peruse an extensive rundown of names: George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Trayvon Martin. Elijah McClain. Sandra Bland. Stephon Clark. Rayshard Brooks. Medgar Evers. Michael Brown. Ahmaud Arbery. Tamir Rice. Emmett Till. Malcolm X. Martin Luther King Jr. Furthermore, some more.