The official release of Jay Z‘s “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake music video was exclusively done through Facebook on Thursday, August 29th. No other music or video source such as Vevo, YouTube, etc. were able to air it until Friday, August 30th. Again there’s Mr. Carter with #NewRules. This piece was directed by Anthony Mandler who captured the dark side of fame. The song itself is what is not so much talked about as far as the ill side of fame and what an artist or celebrity goes through on their journey to reach this position in the game. And at the same time how to cope with the addiction and the demons of this thing called fame. The crazy thing about this video is the Jay Z fan base and the Justin Timberlake fan base well more of the JT fan base, it’s no way that you like both artist oh my, you have to choose sides. Get outta here. “Just nuts I say, nuts!” lol.
I honestly don’t mind the “slow down” of the track in some portions of the video but that’s a major no no to some who’ve watched it. I personally liked the way they flipped the beginning of the actual song starting with Justin on the hook to the beginning of the 2nd verse. Anthony Mandler‘s dark visual of “Holy Grail” meshed well with the song and its subject. And highlighting the Mike Tyson/Buster Douglass fight helps drive the point home. I think this was a hot video illustrating the not so bright side of celebrity. It was pretty funny seeing Jigga lip sync the beginning of JT’s hook too “And Baby”lol. Already liked the song and the video to me gave it new life. *Chopped & Screwed* “Sip-p-p-p-pin’ from the cup til it run-n-n-n-n-neth oooover, Hooooly Grail!” lol
“Take Back The Night” is the first single released from JT’s upcoming sequel to the “20/20 Experience,” the “20/20 Experience 2 of 2.” It’s already a grown and sexy banger and if you don’t feel this has a definite King of Pop Michael Jackson vibe to it if you don’t hear that then your ears must be clogged. Mr. Timberlake takes a break along with some visuals and stage performance from his “Legends of the Summer” Tour with Jay-Z in the Bronx at the New Yankee Stadium. The “Uprising Creative” crew Jonathan Craven , Jeff Nicholas and Darren Craig directed music video effortlessly captures the visuals of JT’s live performance, street performance and club scene. Justin’s dance battle with a kid from the NYC was the highlight for me. The video as a hold made me want to hit the town with wifey and meet the crew at the night spot to dance the night away on my toes. JT just keeps the hits coming, flawless dance steps and kudos on another smooth video.
Along with getting heavy radio rotation Kendrick Lamar drops the visual of “Poetic Justice” featuring Drake. Of course it opens on Crenshaw in hang out mode on the strip giving you that Boyz ‘N Da Hood/Poetic Justice feel. The video actually tells a vivid story over 5 minutes and 28 seconds of a new boy meets girl, girl has a semi former lover, new boy has an enemy from the streets bent on revenge in one scenario. The Drake verse was cleverly inserted and shot as he phoned in(Not too much different from how collabos are done these days) a missed call leaving a voice mail after the love fatality.
This is a very movie-like music video. Looks like the video started shooting in LA which almost had me until I saw a Hunter Ambulance pull up to pick up the casualties that let me know it finished in NYC lol (And the exclamation point was the (718) phone number on the side of ambulance lol). The end result is a great piece of work.
Justin Timberlake keeps it coming with a brand new music video directed by Floria Sigismondiof “Mirrors” the same day of the release of his new album The 20/20 Experience. This theatrical music video is dedicated to his grandparents William (who passed away late last year & prior to that was too ill to attend Jessica & Justin’s wedding) and Sadie Bomar who were married for 63 years.
The music video is just as powerful as the song itself, looking into a couple who has stood the test of time through its ups and downs from when they met as youngsters into their golden years of today. Seemingly looks as if the couple are somewhat detached in most of the video but together through memories.For the most part of the video it’s just like a movie without JT being in it for the majority. If you have any ounce of compassion and romantic blood in your body, this video should at least get the blood flowing. But as soon as you think Mr. 20/20 himself wouldn’t appear, he appears catching the wedding ring of the older leading lady in a room full of (what else?) mirrors. And the pop icon hits you with some smooth as usual dance solo steps through the room full of mirrors in some fly a** Red Bottom Gareth Zip Christian Louboutins.
Looks like which is rare, Timberlake opens up a little about his private life on this song and video. It appears to me that Justin’s grandparents life, love and legacy will live forever through him and that’s an experience.