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Kendrick Lamar Takes Flight In 'Alright' Video

07/01/2015
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(Radio.com) Fresh off a show-stopping performance of "Alright" on the BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar has rekeased an equally impressive music video for the To Pimp a Butterfly standout.

The clip, directed by Colin Tilley and The Little Homies, begins with the gut-wrenching screams from Lamar and the Butterfly poem that does not precede "Alright" on the album. Black and white imagery juxtaposing beauty (the Golden Gate Bridge, sun shining through trees) and ugliness (alcohol abuse, riots, police violence) characterizes the beginning of the video, until the song's message kicks in, when an image of Lamar driving around his friends (Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) in a car carried by police officers takes the clip in a different direction.

Lamar later floats around the urban landscape while proclaiming that "we're going to be alright." Despite some of the horrors depicted on the screen, and Lamar's eventual falling to the ground after a white police officer targets him, the lasting feeling from the clip is uplifting (pun intended) when Lamar flashes his smile as the closing visual. Watch it here.

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