ScHoolboy Q’s Video Shows An Eye For An Eye Leaves The World Blind

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Today (June 26) marks exactly two months since ScHoolboy Q released his fifth album, CrasH Talk. One of the most anticipated collaborations on the TDE album was “Dangerous,” featuring Kid CuDi on the song’s chorus.

Early in his career, Q made waves with “Hands On The Wheel,” a Habits & Contradictions song that was built around a CuDi lyric. Now, they have an opportunity to work together, over DJ Dahi production. The song deals with addiction, an issue that both ScHoolboy and CuDi have been open about battling. “Greet me by my hand ’til you teach me to float / Head is in the cloud with my stomach below / Somethin’ ’bout this feeling, I felt it before / Took this pill and it swallowed me whole / Pinch me on my arm, is it Heaven or fun? / If I don’t come back, had a hell of a run / Taste you through my nose, smell the death on the tongue / Can’t get high enough to get over the hump, huh / How many friends around me helping me lose? / How many excuses until I’m excused?” asks Q in the first verse. Other images describe the Los Angeles, California rapper as “stuck in the mud.” Years after OXYMORON, the Grammy-nominated rapper is aware of his temptations.

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The video does not deal with pill addiction. Instead, it looks at another kind of vice: revenge. In a dimly-lit sequence, the short video shows that often times, there is no final winner in “eye for an eye” morality. However, whether “Hammurabi’s Code” or “code of the streets,” most Heads are shortsighted when it comes to this truism.

While March’s “Numb Numb Juice” music video pulled from Seinfeld, Belly, and The Joe Rogan Podcast (along with late 1990s Bad Boy Records visuals), this vid’ may be drawing from the closing sequence of the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men.

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CrasH Talk also features 21 Savage, Ty Dolla $ign, and Travis Scott, among others.

#BonusBeat: ScHoolboy Q & 21 Savage’s “Floating” video: