A few weeks ago the internet was ablaze with the music video for “Never Catch Me” by Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar. The stunningly beautiful, and equally haunting, video, directed by famed Hiro Murai, is a meditation on childhood, death, and resurrection.
In his analysis Mark Anthony Neal for the writes,
We Dance is what Flying Lotus, joined by Kendrick Lamar tells us now, in the brilliant visual rendering of the former’s “Never Catch Me” from his just released You’re Dead! Visually “Never Catch Me” directed by Hiro Murai continues the tradition of Lotus’s “Phantasm” (dir. Markus Hofko) and the Khalil Joseph directed short for “Until the Quiet Comes.” Like the work that Terence Nance has done with Pharoahe Monch and Blitz the Ambassador, it’s a reminder of that some of the most arresting art being produced in the name of Hip-Hop is well beyond the “Beats and Rhymes.”
“Never Catch Me” is answering Kendrick’s earlier query, “will you sing about me?” (or tweet about me perhaps more apropos for this minute), with, perhaps, we will Dance for you.