The director responsible for Jay-Z’s “On To The Next One” music video spoke to Vibe about the controversial clip. Let us pray.
Vibe: There’s been a lot of talk about Jay’s video containing Freemason imagery such as the horned animal head, an eagle and skull. What are your thoughts about such talk and why do you think music fans are so quick to believe a conspiracy narrative?
Sam Brown: I’m aware of the stir the video has caused and what people are saying. I think when you’re dealing in abstract imagery people are going to want to draw lines between things and make sense of it. However, I’ve always felt that the viewing public was, in general, extremely visually literate. They don’t always want or need things to be spelt out for them. One of the great things about music videos are they can be enjoyed purely visually—it doesn’t need to mean anything or make any sense. Conspiracy theory is another thing entirely, and seems to me to be about projecting pre-existing beliefs and desperately looking for things that confirm them. There is imagery in this video that is drawn from all over the place. None of it is owned by any one culture or belief system. You can connect anything if you try hard enough, and make it mean anything you want it to.
With wifey away hosting sex parties in Egypt, Mr. Carter watched pal Lebron James and the Cavaliers take on the Knicks with CC Sabathia and his fellow Yankee teammate Alex Rodriguez at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Get into Chris Rock’s nostrils in the background.
By the way, all black everything just sounds like a bad compilation porn now. One I would happily watch but still, let it go.
I can feel the wetness of Andre Harrell’s gum and teeth on the back of my neck right now. It’s paranormal.
“I really like that song. I would sing it really loud no matter where I was at in the gym, and I know a couple other guys were singing and they won’t say it, but I’m man enough to say that Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ Crap! I would sing that in the gym.” [source]
Nothing wrong with that. I know there are plenty other rappers with an all Trina playlist on their iPods too. “Collard greens, neck bones, nigga chew this ass!”
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys were all over the Big Apple filming scenes for the upcoming video for “Empire State of Mind” last week. Expect the Hype Williams directed clip to premiere soon. Expect Alicia to comment on Mashonda’s Twitter game never.