Wednesday, 10 August 2011
-Music Videos on my Mind- Tyler, The Creator's "Yonkers"
It may just be the fact that England, right now, is in the grip of mindless rioting the scale of which this country has never seen, but one can't help wonder how on earth Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator's video for Yonkers has been nominated for 'Video of the Year' at 2011's MTV Music Video Award ceremony that takes place later this month. It's a hard-hitting video that features insect ingestion, vomiting and suicide all in a seemingly one take clip.
This is not to say that the music video for Yonkers is bad. In fact, it's a powerfully nihilistic clip that delivers a sensory body blow. In an age where all the other nominees in the best video category range from sanitised pop artists like Katy Perry, Adele and Bruno Mars; the inclusion of Yonkers is an obscenely leftfield choice and probably more fitting to the desperate and harshly bleak times were living in. If anything, Yonkers is perhaps a historically accurate cultural marker for these days, arguably more reflective of a world where unemployment is rampant, the economy is in the toilet and social fabric is disintegrating before our very eyes.
Directed by some guy called Wolf Haley (aka: Tyler, The Creator) and shot in stark black and white, Yonkers is most definitely controversial, but is it anything more than a slickly contrived shock piece, or is it a genuinely daring artistic statement?