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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

1. Flying Lotus f. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”  [dir. Hiro Murai]

Director Hiro Murai applies a deft hand to illustrate the imminent triumph of the life force as told by Flying Lotus’ “Never Catch Me” and projected through the lens of pure joy.  Harnessing the bottomless energy and fearless curiosity summed by the term ‘child-like wonder’, Murai creates an impressive clip that shakes the departed from the darkness shrouding a somber moment of grief to capture the magic of flight and the resilience of the spirit, as two children dance – matching the frenetic pace of Kendrick Lamar’s delivery – before driving off into the sunset.  While FlyLo’s latest project is titled You’re Dead, the video for “Never Catch Me” falls directly in line with N.E.R.D’s “No One Ever Really Dies” mantra and suggests that in the end we are all much bigger than our bodies, our boxes and our biggest, most persistent fears.  Those who truly believe in the ability to transcend – no matter the plane of existence – will always be free.  In the end, that freedom – metaphysical, philosophical or creative – is what lies at the root of Flying Lotus’ catalog and makes his work as singular as it is seismic.  Hiro Murai should be commended for his staggering ability to interpret and elevate it. – Karas Lamb

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