Full Screen is our rumination on the remarkable music videos of the day. Today, Rihanna & Drake have a double video for "Work," Saul Williams visits Ferguson, and New Order visit Soviet-era Berlin.
For all the commotion they caused when they were filming it here, the new video for Rihanna and Drake's "Work" is pretty cruel to Toronto. I'll give you two reasons.
- Director X made the quintessential Sean Paul-style dance hall-flavoured summer video. Yes, even more than that other one. Sweat, twerking, cold beer, spicy jerk chicken. You can feel the heat coming off it. And yet he did it in February. If you're not in Toronto, I will tell you: it is not summer. It is definitely not summer.
- What, was that Director X-filmed, Real Jerk-set video not good enough for you Rihanna? Was there not enough GIF potential? Did you see "Anaconda" and think, "well, we still have Drake for the hour..." Because, from where I sit, you had a classic video on your hands and then you decided to go and dilute it with a Part 2. But my Toronto pride might be in my eyes. - Richard Trapunski
Rihanna's Anti is out now via Roc Nation.
Saul Williams, "The Noise Came From Here"
On August 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. One week later, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson, as a militarized police force clashed nightly with protestors and rioters.
The noise came from here. The Ferguson rallies were a galvanizing moment for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, started a year before when Trayvon Martin's murderer was acquitted. In this video directed by Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams walks barefoot around Ferguson with Brown's friend and poet Marcellus Buckley and local Reverend Osagyefo Sekou. He claps. Some join him. Williams acknowledges that the noise came from here. He also knows it's important to keep that noise going. - Chris Hampton
Saul Williams' MartyrLoserKing is available now on FADER Label.
New Order, "Singularity"
Edited by Damian Hale and composed entirely with footage from B-Movie: Lust & Sound In West-Berlin 1979-1989, the video documents the burgeoning underground culture that formed at the locus of two political hemispheres, walled off, and surrounded by emblems of fascism old and new. "Singularity" reminds us that these were conditions post-punk was born from. And also why it's still around. - Chris Hampton