Watch the Music Video for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’

1. “Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe”—unlike “Poetic Justice” and, unfortunately, “Swimming Pools”—is one of the last jams from Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City to not be played out yet. It always deserved to be a single: It's as close to a needed concerned-about-the-state-of-rap speech as produced by any artist today.

2. Lamar makes a remarkably self-aware statement about his place in rap when he says “I'm trying to keep it alive and not compromise the feeling we love/You're trying to keep it deprived and only co-sign what radio does.” It doesn't hurt that it's also a brilliantly crafted two lines.

3. Onto the video… Anyone else notice that Lamar moves his hands more than any other rapper alive? He looks like a Great Gatsby extra here.

4. I want to see Mike Epps in way more stuff. Mike Epps makes everything better. Mike Epps does a mean liquor baptism. (Nice nod to “Swimming Pools,” by the way.)

5. There's this vicious debate on a few blogs about what this video actually means. To me, it's kind of obvious. Isn't the funeral Kendrick's way of killing what he thinks is shitty hip-hop? Why else would he be celebrating its death? Anyone got anything else?

6. Oh look, it's Mike Epps again.


8. And here's a screenshot of the finale, an anti-drug message (?) delivered in the same font from There Will Be Blood. I don't know, no commentary from me here. This video—overall—is fucking terrific, though.

[H/T: Smoking Section]