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Year’s Best: OKP’s Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

Year’s Best: OKP’s Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

Year's Best: OKP's Top 14 Music Videos Of 2014

12. Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave” (Hiro Murai/Larkin Seiple)

Yet another Childish Gambino clip and yet another star directing turn from Hiro Murai, clearly the name to remember as far as video auteurs in 2014 go. In this particular visual for “Telegraph Ave” ( a nod to Lloyd’s “Oakland,” which provided the backing track more than anything to do with the song itself? At any rate, don’t expect to see any Yay Area scenery in the video backdrop) Murai abandons the subtle surreality he has employed elsewhere for a structure more conventionally narrative–and yet far more disturbing, with its surprise ending. For his part, Gambino puts skills developed in his other life as mild-mannered actor Donald Glover to good use, getting his best young-Philip-Michael-Thomas on in the video’s tropical vacation scenario. Not to mention his best Yaphet Kotto in the very different scenario that unfolds at the short film’s end, if you knowhattamean. No spoilers, but all is not as it seems on this lover’s holiday. – Eddie STATS

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