Talk about an artist showing you something through what isn’t there. I know that I’m somewhat cheating by posting this after out class discussion (may or may not have forgotten about this assignment), but a piece of media was released today that hits two of the biggest topics brought up in class: revealing things through their absence and music videos.
Jeffery Lamar Williams aka Young Thug’s music video for his song “Wyclef Jean“(released this afternoon) may be the greatest thing you’ll see this year. In this video Young Thug is surprisingly absent, but instead releases what seems to be an “f you” from his production team. Whether staged or genuine, Young Thug’s music video tears away the veil of extreme luxury, insane wealth, unrealistic promiscuity, and (most importantly) hyper masculinity from the Hip Hop community. Young Thug is regularly revered as a martyr through his gender fluid fashion and nuanced gender commentary, but this act raises his activist status to a whole new level. Through satirizing his own position within the Hip Hop community, Thug shines a light on the ridiculousness of his peers and normalizes his actions of “normalcy.”
The question of the life expectancy of the Music Video was brought up today – but if Young Thug’s video is at all an example of what’s to come, I can say with complete and total confidence that is is alive and well.