Kendrick Lamar dropped a beautiful new music video for his song “LOVE.” just last week. Here are Kung-Fu Kenny’s best music videos from his meteoric career this far.
With over 400 million views on YouTube, the video for the first single off Kendrick’s album DAMN. is his most successful video by far. Although “HUMBLE.” is quite a ways off of the pinnacle of YouTube hip hop (currently occupied by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” which has amassed nearly 3 billion views), it’s a much better video. If we had our say, this video would be included in the National Gallery of Art.
“Alright” was Kendrick’s most commercially successful (if not deepest) song off his excellent and seriously under-rated album To Pimp a Butterfly. The video shows a seemingly transcendental Kendrick flying around Cali in black-and-white, giving you a glimpse inside his larger-than-life mentality. It also gave us the album’s most memorable visual, right around the 2:30 mark.
“Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
“Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” wasn’t just a great music video; it was also the beginning of the religious themes and imagery present in Kendrick’s art through present day. A dashing Kendrick dressed in all-white gets baptized in a pool full of liquor and cuts equally bold contrast in front of rolling fields, church interiors, and limousines. “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” is one of Kendrick’s most popular videos with over 100 million views.
A personal favorite of ours off his album DAMN., “LOYALTY.” has over 120 million views – and for good reason. When the creative edge of Rhianna and Kendrick combine, you know you’re going to have something unforgettable. These two have an electric chemistry that you just can’t take your eyes off, making this video a must watch even aside from the cinematics, lighting, and impressive CGI.
A standout track from To Pimp A Butterfly, “King Kunta” is a dope jam that makes it virtually impossible to keep still. And, judging from the video, Compton agrees. The video takes a more conventional take than most of Kendrick’s eccentric visual art, but does a great job taking the song’s energy even further – complete with jumping hydraulics, parking lot parties, and wheelies on four wheelers.
The New Video: “LOVE.”
“LOVE.” is a great music video that, for many artists, would be a digital coming out party. The video follows a pretty straightforward plot-line of romantic hardship and shows some pretty cool transitions and CGI. The highlight of the video might just be the reflective hoodie he shows off around the two minute mark – which is seriously dope. But for Kendrick Lamar, we’ve come to expect more. It won’t go down as a pivotal point in his career, but it’s definitely a beautiful video that’s worth a watch.