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Sunny Ali’s Video For “Ride Or Die” Is Pretty Weird But We Like It

It’s a mesmerizing collision of miniaturist painting, stop motion animation, and #OOTD selfies.

October 13, 2016

In the stop motion video for "Ride or Die" an animated Sunny Ali is surrounded by various household ephemera: a houseplant, a collage of Zayn Malik, a guitar and keyboard, a gas mask, a sword — wait, what? As the screen pans over the Philadelphia musician's bedroom, a grey plume from his gem-tipped smoke brings each object to life and eventually everything is floating in the air. But it turns out Ali, who makes lo-fi pop in addition to playing guitar for The Kominas, is extremely unbothered by all of this and more concerned with getting 'fits off for the gram. A blue suit with a black beret? Or maybe the western-inspired getup complete with bolo tie? As in life, likes accumulate on the skimpiest look, sealing Ali's sartorial fate.

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"The song was very much a bedroom recording of mine so it makes sense that the video takes place in my bedroom," shares Ali over email. "There's a lot of music that I make that I don't think about releasing so it's nice to have friends who push me to." Cybee, the Philly-based artist behind the video, added that, "The video sneaks us into Sunny's bedroom where he performs his pre-show rituals. He summons his object friends, rendered from collage, stop motion, and digital animation, which along with his social media followers, help him get in the mood."


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