Entering into the well-known “nesting” stage of pregnancy, Beyonce doesn’t seem to be doing much lately except staying around the house and making terrific, high-end music videos. Three weeks after “Countdown” had us all WHOOHOO-BEYONCE!!!-ing, here she is mowing the lawn behind her trailer home at midnight in a yellow fur coat and bikini bottoms. It’s a shame the video is not the version of this song that features a typically phenomenally guest verse from Andre 3000. But J. Cole is okay, too. And WHOOHOO-BEYONCE!!!
J. Cole is better than okay in this other video he released this week. It’s an old one, made three years ago for this old song that he included on his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, that came out last month. It’s good that he included it, too. Because it’s a very heartfelt and honest portrayal of a couple going through a difficult conversation about an unplanned pregnancy. It really takes off in the second verse, when J. Cole assumes the voice of his girlfriend. Way to go, J. Cole!
Also notable this week, the heartfelt and honest portrayal of penises by DJs A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, who make dance music together as a group called Duck Sauce. This is yuck to me and I don’t like to look at it in the same way I never liked to look at the extra head that grew on Richard E. Grant’s shoulder in How To Get Ahead in Advertising. I don’t like the idea of heads growing out of places on human bodies other than necks. Cancer fears or something. But as disturbing as it is, I have to admit that it’s a pretty creative idea and executed very well.
There’s nothing wrong at all with the Black Keys new video. And a lot right. My favorite part comes at 30-seconds in, when someone peeks out of the office for a moment to see what’s going on. Nothing much, really. Just a guy dancing to a good rock ‘n’ roll song.
Lil B’s new video is no frills, too. It starts out with his cat, and ends with the Lil B sitting on a bus for a long time in silence.
And here’s what the odd and charming stream-of-consciousness rapper wrote when he uploaded it:
“I CRIED TO THIS WHILE MAKING THIS AS WELL AS WATCHING THIS..THIS MEANS WAY MORE TO ME THEN PEOPLE NO, ITS OKAY TO CRY REMBER THAT, CRY FOR THE PEOPLE THAT DONT BELIVE YOU WILL MAKE IT WITH WATEVER YOU LOVE IN LIFE! AND CRY FOR YOUR FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE YOU, THE PEOPLE YOU LOST AND CRY FOR OUR BABIES OF THE FUTER! PLEASE TEACH THEM TO LOVE ALL HUMANS.”