Noname’s first music video is better than expected as the artist takes on the topics of dangerous implicit biases toward young men of color.
On Tuesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago rapper/poet released “Blaxploitation,” a standout from her critically acclaimed album, Room 25. Directed by Alex Lill (Sampha, Joey Bada$$, Lil Yachty) and written by Noname, the short film includes homages to Blaxploitation films of the 70s through its the style of multiple frames at once as a toddler wrecks havoc on a small-scale version of Chicago.
The music video gives the metaphorical message of how the black boy is criminalized from the beginning of his life. Even in the joy of imagination, his existence is subjected to a criminal or as the townspeople deem him: a monster baby.
The 27-year-old singer will continue riding high off the critically and streaming success of her debut album Room 25 as she will embark on a 37-city trek across the country and Canada.
The Room 25 tour kicks off in Detriot on Jan. 2nd. Dates can be found here.