Updated: Sep 7
Inspired by his Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers song, "We Cry Together," Kendrick Lamar recently released a six-minute short film that explores the ups and downs of a couple's domestic life. Lamar has become recognized as the poet laureate of hip-hop over the past ten years by consistently challenging social and literary norms and drawing on an ever-widening spectrum of musical influences. The fact that he had been largely reclusive since contributing to the "Black Panther" soundtrack in 2018 only added to the project's aesthetic
One of the most talked-about songs on the album "Mr. Morale" is “We Cry Together,” a duet between Lamar and “Zola” actress Taylour Paige that recounts a vitriolic fight between a couple that takes place entirely in meter. The song received attention for its brutal language and unfiltered honesty, as well as the fact that it seemed to look more like drama than music.
In the video, Lamar is seen getting into a heated fight with his partner, played by actress Taylour Paige, and the two trade the harsh lyrics back and forth until they ultimately come together for a round of make-up sex.
"I swear, I’m tired of these emotional a–, ungrateful a– b—-es / Unstable a–, confrontational a– dumb b—-es / You wanna bring a n—- down even when I’m tryna do right,” Lamar tells his fictional girlfriend, who fires back, “See, you the reason why strong women f—ed up / Why they say it’s a man’s world / See, you the reason for Trump / You the reason we overlooked, underpaid, underbooked, under shame.”
The intense, moving short film, which was shot in a single take with live vocals in March 2020 was directed by Jake Schreier, Dave Free, and Lamar which also features cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra.