Top Five Fridays: 2018’s Best Music Videos So far…
by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 7 December 2018
We look at the top five best music videos according to the Live Mag team.
2018 has undoubtedly been a wonderful year for music but the real treat has been the music videos. From The Carters’ snatching our wigs in the Louvre to Doja Cat showing us how a McDonalds’ meal should be eaten, viewers have been spoiled for choice.
For this week’s Top Five, we look at (what we think) is the best music videos of 2018 so far. Can you guess the number 1?
Disclaimer: This is only the opinions of a few people. This is not the be all and end all of music video knowledge, we are not the VMAs.
Okay, let’s get it
No. 5 Cardi B- Be Careful
Belcalis Almanzar, aka Cardi B, is probably most known for her outrageous and hilarious video content. Viewers were pleasantly surprised to see that Cardi is multi talented. This video is a welcome deviation from her comedic content. Be Careful references the famous wedding in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. The visuals are striking and the directing commendable. And the fashion, dahlings, Cardi B never disappoints.
No. 4 Drake- Nice for What
Yara Shahidi, Olivia Wilde, Leticia (the only princess that I acknowledge) Wright and Tracee Ellis Ross. There’s nothing more to say. Drake did THAT. The Nice for What video was directed by Karena Evans, the same woman who directed the video for God’s Plan. The visuals are on point, the women exude Boss attitude. The only thing that this video needed was a Knowles sister.
No. 3 FAKA- Queenie
Desire Marea and Fela Gucci the duo formally known as FAKA snatched our wigs worldwide this year with their international appearances and epic badassery. Queenie was the cherry on the cake of a very successful year. The video features queer people telling their stories in voice over form over visuals of Desire and Fela voguing (Madonna was found shaking) Read here for a more detailed review.
No. 2 Seinabo Sey- I Owe you Nothing
Seinabo Sey is a Swedish artist, her father is famous Gambian musician, Maudo Sey. I Owe You Nothing is a celebration of blackness in all its glory. The video is filled with amazing designer outfits from big labels that include Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Set in grungy locations that are all too familiar to working class black people, Seinabo gives us strong visuals that include beautiful dark skinned men and burning cars. If you haven’t seen this video yet, I strongly advise that you do.
Before we get to the number 1 video, let us take a moment to highlight some of the other brilliant works of music video art that have come out in 2018:
Childish Gambino- This is America
Cassper Nyovest- Kuzobalit
Sho Madjozi- Huku
J Cole- ATM
Ariana Grande- Thank you, Next
Tiwa Savage ft Omarion- Get it now Remix
The Carters- Apesh*t
No 1. Janelle Monae- PYNK
Can you say Vagina Pants? Janelle Monae shocked us all when she made a unapologetic re-entry into the music world with her new album Dirty Computer. PYNK is a celebration of femininity and a reclamation of the vagina as a symbol of power. The video features a group of carefree Black women having a slumber party in the desert. Janelle calls the video for her single PYNK “a celebration of self love, sexuality and p***y power”. PYNK features a cameo by Tessa Thompson and is a beautiful and fitting follow up video to another personal favourite of mine ‘Django Jane’. Janelle has also said that pink is a colour that unites all humanity because it is “found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere.”
We agree that 5 videos is not enough to truly give you all the good and amazing videos that came out in 2018. So tell us which videos we should have included.