Kendrick Lamar’s instant-classic 2012 album good kid, m.A.A.d. city has the narrative flow of a feature film, so it only makes sense that there would be an actual film inspired by the record. Though Lamar is working on his third album for the time being, in 2015, filmmaker Kahlil Joseph will debut his new film m.A.A.d. MTV reports that the film is 14 minutes long, and features footage taken from Lamar’s shows with Kanye West during the 2013 Yeezus tour. It will debut on March 21 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and will be on exhibit through July 27.
According to the MOCA website, “Kahlil Joseph’s double-screen projection m.A.A.d is a lush portrait of contemporary Los Angeles. From barbershops to marching bands, from homeboys drinking in the streets to the iconic carpet of shimmering lights, the camera in m.A.A.d sinuously glides through predominantly African American neighborhoods in Los Angeles catching a dizzying array of quotidian moments suffused with creativity, joy, and sadness.”
Watch Lamar’s video for “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” below.
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