Erykah Badu and Kelis Rogers both released videos from their new albums this weekend, and their clips for "Window Seat" and "Acapella," respectively, share common themes. Both are interpretations on previous works: Erykah cribs Matt & Kim's award-winning "Lessons Learned" video, but replaces Times Square with Dallas and adds a heaping, unsettling teaspoonful of Zapruder film. Alternately, Kelis goes the route of weirdo conservatives James Cameron and Mel Gibson, channeling her newly all-over-the-place unicorn mullet into an Avatar/Apocalypto fantasia, along with a shot featuring dogs that is part Bollywood, part Dark Crystal, part Eight Below. Each video features the ladies various states of undress, Badu literally in process of stripping down on the street, Kelis just rocking the gold lamé bikini steez and chilling with her huskies. Unfortunately it sounds like hot garbage when you plug the songs into Two YouTubes and a Motherfucking Crossfader, but they're both still examples of two longstanding talents trying out new musical ideas in the third/fourth phases of their careers.
March 29, 2010