The week’s best videos: Rihanna, teen romance and Puffy sipping tea
Welcome to FACT’s weekly video round-up.
As we note at the end of every year, music videos have never been better. But too often, music videos — along with documentaries, live sets and interview clips — get lost in the shuffle of news and new music.
With that in mind, FACT is doing what it does for mixes, mixtapes, vinyl and more: rounding up the internet’s best videos on a weekly basis. And to remove our bias, we won’t be including our own content — you’ll have to stay tuned to FACT TV for all your Against The Clock, FACT Freestyles and Confessions needs.
Read more: The 20 best music videos of 2015
‘Kiss It Better’
Dir: Craig McDean
After the double dance parties of ‘Work’, Rihanna goes solo for ‘Kiss It Better’, writhing in black space, stripping off see-through lingerie and rolling the dice with a windmachine.
Dir: Hirad Sab
In this stripped-down prequel to the 3D animation of ‘That Other Girl’, a bouquet of severed, metallic arms gives birth to a digital Sevdaliza, complete with morphing tattoos and Matrix hook-ups.
Dir: Michael England
This cinematic portrait of a lonely New York stars Fade to Mind’s Rafael Chinx Martin as a subway dancer amid the Times Square Batmen and street corner prophets.
Dir: Roland Waters
PC Music meets Lost Highway as GFOTY confronts her doppelgänger in this teen romance-horror-parody. Expect butchers knives and ropeplay, GIFs and mobile games, and product placement that Starbucks can’t be happy about.
‘Born To Shine / Run for your Life’
Dir: Awesome Inc
Big Boi, El-P and Phantogram get animated in a surreal, two-part Adult Swim clip that brings Liquid Television and Cool World to the world’s weirdest bar and a dystopic underworld where psychedelia gives way to horror.
Dir: Zbigniew Bzymek
Polish pop star Monika Brodka is operated on in a surreal garage where she’s airbrushed, bathed in sparks and covered in liquid metal puzzle pieces.
Future feat. The Weeknd
Dir: Zac Facts
Rap’s favorite low lifers get grimy, burning candles and roses in a smoked-out trap house, hanging with video vixens and taking their Mad Max lowrider for a ride.
‘You Are Not Alone’
Dir: Dillon Moore, Dan Streit and Sean Dwyer
Shot on an iPhone during a drive through Los Angeles, the motion is so slow that everyone seems frozen in time.
Father feat. Stalin Majesty & Archibald Slim
After Father and Stalin Majesty take a sports car for a ride, the entire Awful Family slides through for a bowling alley party.
Puff Daddy & The Family
‘You Could Be My Lover’
Dir: Harrison Boyce
This one is worth it if for the 43-second intro that finds a Versace-clad Puffy sipping tea, shooting hoops and playing in the yard with an R-rated fairy tale as narration. Then he parties with Ty Dolla $ign, Gizzle and a penthouse full of women.
Dir: Grime Culture
How could we resist?