The 7 Best Music Videos of December 2017


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The 7 Best Music Videos of December 2017

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The 7 Best Music Videos of December 2017
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7. Lil Peep: “Downtown”

Director: Wiggy

Released in the days after Lil Peep’s death, this candid montage by the rapper’s videographer runs like a hopeful highlight reel. Over a track that samples the poignant sweep of Beach House’s “Silver Soul,” the shaky footage shows Peep embracing friends onstage in front of packed rooms when he’s not trying on very colorful, very expensive-looking clothing. But the clip also dials back to offer a glimpse of the 21-year-old behind the hype, the guy who’d kneel down to kiss a cute dog on the street or take serious calls while getting his head shaved. It has the feel of something to look back on, fondly, years later. –RD

6. Brockhampton: “BOOGIE”

Director: Kevin Abstract

There’s an early “Simpsons” episode where a bored Bart and Milhouse bribe Kwik-E-Mart clerk Apu into making an “all-syrup Super Squishee,” which sends the boys into a sugar bender. The video for Brockhampton’s “BOOGIE” imagines a world where the buddies never emerged from their trip, painted themselves blue, and stalked around a convenience store like they owned the place. It’s as overstimulating and vibrant as the track’s own barrage of horns, voices, and braggadocio. Or, as one esteemed critic put it, “I’m overwhelmed.” –QM

5. Kendrick Lamar: “LOVE.” [ft. Zacari]

Director: Dave Meyers and the little homies

This video is as subtly complex as the hook upon which it is built, the plea to “love me, just love me.” Those words may sound simple, but embedded in them are worlds of vulnerability, trust, and mercy, qualities that even Kendrick admits require work. “LOVE.” visualizes this through the rapper’s relationships with several women, which range from lighthearted to turbulent. But the video is largely composed of shots celebrating these same women and placing them on a pedestal. “Am I in the way,” he asks, and as if taking the worry to heart, he fades into the shadows and contemplates the majestic power of the women who raise him up. –QM

4. Migos: “MotorSport” [ft. Cardi B and Nicki Minaj]

Director: Bradley & Pablo, Quavo

The recent Blade Runner sequel expanded the original film’s perpetually rainy dystopia, but it also left a lot of questions unanswered. Such as: Where will our iconic rappers of the drenched future go to look impossibly cool in front of sleek sports cars? Luckily, Migos, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj fill in that blank with this video, which mostly takes place in a neon-lit showroom where the gleaming suicide doors are always up and models make their living examining every single detail of a Lamborghini tail light. Migos look nonchalantly fly, as usual, but the real stars here are Cardi and Nicki. While the Bronx upstart preens in a wet-look seapunk wig alongside her fiancé (?), the Queens icon gets her very own white-on-white penthouse, where she whips around floor-length pink braids by herself. Nicki’s special treatment here doubles as a tragic sort of flex: Even in an imagined future filled with flying Lyfts, she’s still at the top, all alone. –RD

3. SZA: “The Weekend”

Director: Solange

All of the videos for SZA’s Ctrl have been as beautiful as the record itself, but the prospect of a clip for “The Weekend” concerned me. What if they went literal with the song’s talk of timeshare romance? Who could possibly be worthy of playing SZA’s weekend lover?! My fears ended up being for naught, because Solange (!) worked her magic and channeled the song’s most cherished virtues: desire and independence. As SZA comes to terms with her communal affair, she’s shown dancing alone on the balcony of a geometric building, in a parking garage, and throughout other minimalist, abandoned locales. little wonder it made it to this list of Best Music Videos. Together, the two R&B visionaries sidestep the song’s side-chick drama and capture its empowered sexuality. –QM

2. Yaeji: “Raingurl”

Director: Yaeji and Enayet Kabir

A certain amount of FOMO accompanies the video for Yaeji’s “Raingurl.” The emerging house producer-vocalist and her friends are shown having such an amazing time tearing up the dance floor of a Brooklyn warehouse, you’ll wish you could jump through the screen and join them. Sadly, such technology does not yet exist. But there’s nothing stopping you from drawing inspiration from the image of Yaeji breaking it down in a sheer plastic raincoat and umbrella combo as you plot your next bedroom dance party. –QM

1. JAY-Z: “Marcy Me”

Director: Ben and Joshua Safdie

“Marcy Me” is a prayer for the past, present, and future of JAY-Z’s native Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and the song’s stunning video follows suit. It takes place on a clear summer night, through two perspectives. On the ground, black men and women run footraces, make out, and pick up snacks at the local bodega. In the sky, white NYPD officers man a helicopter, blasting its spotlight onto those same people down below, turning their everyday acts into blinding accusations. Directed by Good Time auteurs Ben and Joshua Safdie, who are masters of tapping into whatever human grit New York City has left, the clip exposes the detached, bird’s-eye view so often used to vilify underserved black communities like the one JAY-Z grew up in. As the track fades out, the cops eventually switch off their light, but not before its beam sears into the psyche of one young boy; in the final shot, he looks directly at the camera—at a complicit society—with a face full of disgust. –RD

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