Here is my 2nd pick for must-see music videos (J. Ivy's "Everything" being the other) in the past 24 hours. Talib Kweli premiered the unexpected animated visual for his smooth hit with Miguel "Come Here" and it was such the artistic expression that gave the song a new interpretation. When music videos do that, they jump another level in my eyes. Here, Kweli takes inspiration from Ancient Egypt's Anubis and Isis. The former is the half-man, half-jackal who is the protector of the dead and embalming. Isis is the goddess of motherhood, magic, and fertility, and worshipped as the ideal mother and wife. She then matches the lyrics as the ideal target that Kweli rhymes about and Miguel croons after. Plus, the connection to Anubis could be that she is also a protector of the dead.
Nonetheless, it was fun to go back into my memories of Ancient Egypt education to further understand this video that quite honestly came from left field. And I love that. The concept and the animation were not done tacky and was in fact the opposite — smooth, well-edited, and bringing to life "Come Here" in another way. Props to director Galen Pehrson. Give this a press of the play button and cop Prisoner Of Conscious in stores now!
Twitter was at an all-time trolling level tonight. Shortly after Miguel leg dropped 2 fans during his performance at the Billboard Music Awards (accidentally, and they're OK), photoshopped MEMEs of Miguel immediately graced the interwebs. I feel like we're seriously advancing as a society by how quick GIFs, MEMEs, and now Vines of these quick, attention-grabbing events are created and go viral on the web and social media.
After Miguel kicked off the Sunday night fun, the "DaDa Drake Pose" from this "No New Friends" photo last week took over. And at posting time, my Instagram is filled with plenty of variations in addition to the ones above. Plus, Drake and Miguel are both trending on Twitter. Let's just say the internet knows how to have fun, and is a very unforgiving place. Hah! I should note that I share this out of genuine fun and laughter — another installment of Funny Moments of Hip Hop, if you will. At the end of the day, I feel these things are just meant for chuckles and giggles and hope that we all don't take it beyond that. Because at the end of the day as well, Drake and Miguel are two amazing artists.
Did I miss any? Link me your favorite on Twitter @gowherehiphop. (My favorite: Mortal Kombat!!)
Tonight is the Billboard Music Awards and Miguel gets the lead with his performance of the amazing "Adorn", which will unintentionally (and hilariously) stand out for his flying leg drop that hit two fans. This clip was made for Vine.
Fortunately, she's ok — holding merely an ice pack in a backstage interview with Miguel after the performance (which was one of his most creative ones yet for "Adorn", oh by the way).
And per usual: the interwebs get the W in near-record time...
Down below: everyone wishes they were Lil Wayne tonight. He even says it himself as he's "the luckiest guy in the world right now" after a performance with Nicki Minaj for "High School" turned into a lap dance with Nicki Minaj.
Nicki Minaj "High School" f/ Lil Wayne
Also, Chris Brown expectedly channels his MJ for a song and dance performance of "Fine China"; really diggin' this one — the dance moves are crazy, the guitarist brought the chords to another level, and the stage fighting tied back into the music video and was well-executed here. Real nice ending to this performance (although I should add his singing was off-key at times, which can partly be attributed to all the dancing).
Lastly, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis take the stage for "Thrift Shop", and Bruno Mars and his ensemble don some red Michael Jackson jackets for "Treasure". Enjoy!
Chris Brown "Fine China"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Thrift Shop"
Bruno Mars "Treasure"
More performers included Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Pitbull & Christina Aguilera. For those videos and more, head on over to Yardie's spot.