Kendrick Lamar Releases ‘N95’ Music Video – Billboard

Kendrick Lamar has shared an explosive music video for his new song “N95”. On Saturday (May 14), the 34-year-old superstar rapper released the second image from his newly released fifth album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

The powerful clip, directed by Lamar and Dave Free, begins with the phrase “This S—Hard” flashing across the screen in red block letters. From there, the rapper is seen floating in a crucifix-like Jesus pose above the ocean waves as a little boy watches from the beach. The three-and-a-half-minute video changes from color to black and white, as Lamar assumes various roles with striking visuals, including a pianist surrounded by beautiful women and a man doing an intense workout on the rooftop of a large building.

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In the song, Lamar offers a perfect blend of introspection and aggression using the “N95” mask, popularly used during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a metaphor for the false inauthenticity among contemporary American society.

“N95” is the second music video for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which dropped on Friday (May 13). Earlier in the week, Lamar released his song “The Heart Part 5” and an accompanying music video. The image, which arrived on May 8, features a close-up of the rapper spitting bars through the song as his face transforms into OJ Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, Kobe Bryant, Will Smith and Nipsey Hussle.

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers features guest appearances from Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Blxst, Sampha, and Summer Walker, among others. The double-disc album sees Lamar push the creative boundaries of his art to ponder fatherhood, fidelity, materialism, generational curses and much more. The 18-track set follows his Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy-winning project DAMN., which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2017.

Watch Lamar’s video for “N95” below.

Source: www.billboard.com