Six Seriously Confusing Music Videos And Songs Explained
Whilst most of these songs are amazing, their music videos might give you a headache. To save you from any more sleepless nights, we have provided some simple explanations to a few that you might have found seriously confusing.
Chance the Rapper – Same Drugs
Let’s start this off by saying that Coloring Book was a great album.
With songs such as Angels, it isn’t difficult to see why it won Chance a Grammy. Among some of the best tracks on the record, Same Drugs tells a story of loneliness and broken friendships through exceptional lyrics, revealing Chance the Rapper’s vulnerable side.
The music video, however, caused a bit of confusion. It shows Chance sat at a grand piano with a Puppet who bursts into swooping vocals throughout the song (you can thank Eryn Allen Kane, for those, by the way). Eventually, it begins snowing, and when Chance stands up from his chair, suddenly his dear old puppet friend is gone. Seemingly just as perplexed as the viewers, Chance walks off set.
Explanation: It looks like the video is purposefully confusing, in order to appear as the kind of hallucination one might have when high (the song is called Same Drugs).
Symbolically, it seems that Chance is trying to convey the loneliness that the song speaks about. In the beginning, he and his puppet are singing the same song (literally) but eventually he ends up alone. The use of a puppet could be a reference to our childhood, and how we eventually leave that behind as we grow up. Bleak.
Sia – Elastic Heart
Initially, people were a bit outraged by this video. Mainly because it features Shia LaBeouf dancing in a cage with a young Maddie Ziegler (Dance Moms).
Many viewers complained of feeling triggered by the content, and a parody of the video was made by Funny or Die called To Catch A Predator: Elastic Heart Edition. But what does the music video really mean?
Explanation: Sia explained that the point of the video was to portray her inner demons and the struggle of overcoming them.
“I thought it would be interesting if Shia was working with Maddie as if she’s one of his self states, maybe his inner child or maybe one of his demons. We switch between her representing some of his self states.”
The singer made sure to apologise to those who were negatively affected by her artistic choices.
Radiohead – Just
For years, many have tried to decipher the mystery that lies within this music video. More than anything, people are desperate to know just what the man says in the end that makes everyone decide to lie down on the floor. Up until this day, the band and director have kept silent about it, emphasising that any revelation of the words would deaden the impact. But as a result of this, many have gone on to speculate on social media.
One person said that, in line with the lyrics, the video might be a symbolic commentary on how the human need to know everything is a contribution to our demise, whilst others guessed it might have something to do with astrophysics.
Explanation: It seems that the majority of people have agreed that the music video is set in 2016, and the reason why everyone just gives up in the end is because the man reveals that Donald Trump has just become president. We’ll take it.
Kendrick Lamar – DNA
Kendrick Lamar recently dropped the visuals for ‘DNA’ and it’s raising a few eyebrows. As expected, the song itself is incredible, (with a tight lyricism that feels more like poetry than Shakespearean dialogue), but the inclusion of a highly tense face-off against actor Don Cheadle left many just needing to know what was going on.
Explanation: Kendrick has so much symbolism in this video that you could easily write a critical essay on it (alongside an analysis of Beyonce’s Formation video) and get top grades (you’re welcome). We’re going to explain why Don Cheadle is in the video for the first verse, since this seems to be the question on everyone’s lips.
Kendrick is dressed as his ‘Kung-Fu Kenny’ persona, which is a geeky nod to the same character that Don played in Rush Hour 2. The initial interrogation scene also draws influence from the 2008 movie ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, in which Keanu Reeves plays an alien which investigators believe holds the power to destroy mankind.
Kendrick is basically trying to allude that minorities in America are feared by the government because they’re more powerful than they realise. Don Cheadle begins rapping Kendrick’s own lyrics and this suggests that the voices of the weak (minorities, lower-class etc.) will soon be heard. Kendrick is eventually able to walk out of the prison because his voice overtakes Don’s, conveying that minorities will soon rise above those trying to oppress them.
Bone Thugs and Harmony – Cross Roads
This song, when released in 1996, gave many kids (myself included) legit nightmares. Whilst the melody itself was good enough for us to rhythmically bop to, it goes without saying that the video was straight up scary. So what did it all mean?
Explanation: Bone Thugs N Harmony are the only group to have collaborated with The Notorious B.I.G. , Tupac Shakur, Big Pun and Eazy-E all while they were alive – hence the reason why this song hit home for many fans. “The inspiration behind the song was ‘death‘” Krayzie explained.
In the video we see how the angel of death take lives without mercy. One person tries to fight the Angel of Death, but he is unable to, proving that none of us can really fight it when it comes. In the end, as the Angel leads all the souls up a mountain, he sheds his dark outerwear and reveals a large pair of white wings. The skies clear up as we realise that at least the dead are heading up to a better place.
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Of course, it’s Gaga, so you’re going to be a little confused. The Bad Romance video begins with Gaga inside a white bath house. There, she gets kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and sell her for sexual slavery. The music video ends with Gaga burning the man who bought her alive.
Explanation: In a short MTV interview, Gaga divulged the nitty gritty details on her video’s plot:
“There’s this one shot in the video where I get kidnapped by supermodels. I’m washing away my sins and they shove vodka down my throat to drug me up before they sell me off to the Russian mafia.”
When asked about the razor blade glasses she wore in the video, Lady Gaga revealed this choice was made in order to pay homage to “some of the toughest chicks”.
“That tough female spirit is something that I want to project. It’s meant to be, ‘This is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner sense of fame, this is my monster.’ “