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Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

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As our music editor, Michael “Zo” Gonik said in his news post, “Kendrick [Lamar] came for your heart [with “The Heart Pt. 4″ and] now he’s after your head.” It is true, the good kid from Hub City is not letting up his foot from off the game’s neck. With no fair warning, he dropped off a new visual in the form of “HUMBLE,” directed by Dave Meyers (Missy Elliott, Jay Z) and The Little Homies.

The track, produced by Mike WiLL Made It, has already got us quoting lines in the hallway here at HQ. Seeing as how we’re a week away from when the industry needs to place itself out of the way for Kung-Fu Kenny’s reveal on April 7th, we decided to strike while the iron is hot and break down all the intriguing things we’ve noticed in his second piece of new music. Keep your radars on lock here as we continue to bring you the latest from TDE‘s reigning superstar.

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

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Standing in a holy beam of radiance, dressed in papal garb — Kendrick continues to show why God and religion will be the main themes of his next project. Question is: Is he absolving the game for its sins? Or is he coming to deliver judgment?

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

Photo courtesy of YouTube / Vevo.

Kendrick shows off both sides of the coin, the good and the bad, as he goes from the pew to the trap. Surrounded by blue faces and bodacious bodies, he is probably counting the loot while his accountant is sipping D’usse.

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

Photo courtesy of YouTube / Vevo.

Long hair, don’t care Kendrick sitting in the salon with a bevy of beauties. If you look closely, “HUMBLE” can be seen on the woman in the far left’s shirt. That divine light continues to shine on our papal preacher from the projects.

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

Photo courtesy of YouTube / Vevo.

A clever and creative shot by the directing team, as Kendrick continues the good kid, m.A.A.d. city story line by visually showing that his “condo’s in Compton” and he’s still in reach to the people. It also could reflect that no matter how big he gets as an entertainer, he’ll forever will be lil’ Kenny from the block.

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

Photo courtesy of YouTube / Vevo.

“My left stroke just went viral” will ring out in the streets and timelines of those with the confidence to back it up. Funny play on the line as Kendrick dresses up as a black Tiger Woods (get it?!) and hits balls in a California canal.

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

Photo courtesy of YouTube / Vevo.

This scene happens when the hook goes up. Heads bowed in unison and in humility to the Creator, perhaps? Kendrick, who has been touched by the divine at the beginning of the video, stares intently at the camera while saying “Sit down, be humble”. All the while, his mad face invasion is ready to do the same.

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Frame-By-Frame

Photo courtesy of YouTube / Vevo.

Cornrow Kenny and his crew reenact Leonardo da Vinci‘s “The Last Supper,” with Lamar seated center as a Christ-like figure of hip-hop. Does this scene mean he will be making a sacrifice of sorts when whatever he’s hinted to drops on April 7th? Who knows, but this is a very visually captivating scene.


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