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The Best 8 Videos of May 2018

That thing where we watch all of the music videos that came out in the last few weeks so you don’t have to.

8. Lil Peep: “4 Gold Chains”

Directors: Lil Peep and Heavy Rayn

This video feels like a haunting. We see Lil Peep, an inked apparition, swallowing a pill and smoking a blunt and sitting in front of an old white building from another time. When he feels like it, he lip syncs some of his song, a woozy ballad that sounds like it could topple over at any moment. “Fame bring pain, but the pain make money,” he moans. If Peep had not passed, would we have ever seen this 4 a.m. stagger of a video? Probably not. But he did pass, and now everything means more. When a man walks by the stumbling, blotted rapper near the end of the clip, he does not break his stride. It’s as if Peep isn’t even there. –RD

7. Serpentwithfeet: “cherubim”

Director: Allie Avital

Serpentwithfeet, aka Josiah Wise, creates entire worlds of his own with each of video. In “cherubim,” the second single off the singer’s upcoming debut soil, the atmosphere is dusty, peeling, and of a different era. As Wise and his “brother-husband” dance through a derelict mansion, they celebrate a love that will seemingly outlast the crumbling of all societies. Together they writhe, crawl, and jump rope in unison. But suddenly, Wise is left alone. The viewer is left to wonder, was he the only one there all along? –QM

6. Cardi B: “Be Careful”

Director: Jora Frantzis

When Cardi dropped “Be Careful” back in March, rumors immediately spread that the cautionary tale about cheating was directed towards her fiancé, Migos’ Offset. Cardi denied this, claiming that lines like “poured out my whole heart to a piece of shit” refer to past betrayals. By the venomous looks of the “Be Careful” video, Cardi neither forgives nor forgets. Playing both the virginal bride and the not-so-grieving widow, she shows how trust can quickly twist into treachery with just one unfaithful act. Cardi is pure spite as she rolls up to her beloved’s wake in a black convertible, her veil dripping in diamonds. Before the priest can offer his final prayers, Cardi drives off into the sunset and thrusts a cross into the ground. Honestly, this would make a great subplot on “Westworld.” –QM

5. KYLE: “Playinwitme” [ft. Kehlani]

Director: Colin Tilley

“Playinwitme” is ’90s nostalgia, pure and unfiltered. It’s full of boxy cell phones and high top fades, and offers the type of silly fun rarely seen in videos nowadays. On its surface, the clip’s imagined dating show seemingly could have fit snugly after “Saved by the Bell” on Saturday morning TV in 1991. But there are some welcomed 2018 tweaks, like how a crimped Kehlani is vying for the attention of the game’s mystery girl alongside two dudes. Both KYLE and Kehlani were just kids in the ’90s, and their take on the decade is both an idyllic tribute and a savvy upgrade. –RD

4. Maggie Rogers: “Fallingwater”

Director: Zia Anger

As Maggie Rogers’ previous music videos with Zia Anger have shown, the willowy singer-songwriter enjoys dancing in the woods. But instead of sidling up to a bunch of trees, Rogers stomps soft ground in the middle of California’s Imperial Sand Dunes in “Fallingwater.” The clip is a testament to full commitment, to leaving one’s ego at the door. Rogers is giving us nothing but hippie rain dance here; if she half-stepped it, the video would run the risk of embarrassment. But when she busts a move that makes it look like she’s cracking an egg, for example, she looks possessed. Every ounce of her being is transferred into her shaman shuffles, her billowing red robe giving off its own smoke signals all the while. Eventually, the water starts flowing, as if by submission. –RD

3. Slowthai: “Ladies”

Directors: The Rest

On December 8, 1980, Annie Leibovitz visited John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their New York apartment to shoot the couple for Rolling Stone. The famous image, captured hours before Lennon’s death, shows the singer nude, wrapped around his clothed wife like a child. Though the photograph has been copied many times, I was not expecting to see grime rapper Slowthai recreate it perfectly with his girlfriend in the middle of his video for “Ladies.” It’s a clip that mostly shows the couple just having low-key fun, but the reference reaffirms the song’s overarching salute: Here’s to all that women tolerate. –QM

2. Hurray for the Riff Raff: “Pa’lante”

Director: Kristian Mercado Figueroa

Few songs deserve a short film more than Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante.” The highlight off the singer’s 2017 album, The Navigator, is a sprawling ode to survival in the face of colonization, gentrification, and dehumanization. Starring The Florida Project’s Mela Murder, the video follows a young family spread between a post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico and the Bronx. Nothing is perfect, but in Alynda Lee Segarra’s world, beauty, light, and hope shine even in the darkest of times. –QM

1. Childish Gambino: “This Is America”

Director: Hiro Murai

This may be the ultimate music video for the thinkpiece era, a critique and a source all at once. As the most-discussed marriage of music and film since Beyonce’s Lemonade, “This Is America” ignited Reddit conspiracy theories, Washington Post explainers, and Atlantic analyses. Many of these pieces attempted to figure out what the video meant, to lock down a solution, as if it were a game. This approach plays into the unsettling voyeurism Donald Glover brings to light here, the way we encapsulate murders and racism and entertainment and panic into boxes of content that become interchangeable and meaningless. “This Is America” is not about answers. It is about chaos. It is a reflection of a country that is broken, that is ugly and violent and joyous, that you can’t look away from. –RD

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