Kendrick Lamar is directing his first short?

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On September 1, Kendrick Lamar unveiled a six-minute short film depicting a virulent couple’s argument. Title We Cry Together – A Short Film, this video, filmed in a sequence shot, is the clip of the title of the same name from the excellent last opus of the rapper, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. She is already approached for the Oscars…

The short film of “We Cry Together” (2022) by Kendrick Lamar accompanied by actress, singer and rapper Taylour Paige

Rumors have been swirling for some time now. Will Kendrick Lamar be named to the 95e Oscars ceremony in the category of best live-action short film? Since his debut in 2010, the rapper is indeed renowned for paying particular attention to his image and the creation of his clips, like the song Loyalty (2017), filmed with Rihanna, or Humble (2017). Once again, the artist from Compton, California, shows his ability to put in image his engaged pieces without disappointing us.

This is the title We Cry Together, which has distinguished itself since 1er September 2022, in a new short film, unveiled on YouTube and already seen more than two million times. Released in two versions, censored and uncensored, this short six-minute film, directed by Jack Schreider (an American filmmaker), Dave Free (the rapper’s faithful collaborator with whom he launched a mysterious company, pgLang) and Kendrick Lamar -even, stages a violent verbal jousting within a couple, in which love has given way to anger and resentment. This formidable argument embodied by the Californian rapper and actress, dancer and model but also American singer and rapper Taylour Paige (seen alongside actress Riley Keough in Zola), is filmed in an impressive sequence shot in which the dialogues are none other than the lyrics of the title interpreted.

The video for “Loyalty.” (2017) by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Insults, cries, temptation, love and sex punctuate this virulent argument. With an oppressive intensity, the short film We Cry Together gives the impression of being immersed in the life of the couple. At the height of their talent, the two artists deliver a performance that is accurate, moving and without playback, touching on reality within a fictional setting gradually revealed by the back of the camera. Taylour Paige declares in particular about this short film to the American media HollywoodReporter : “It’s a real experience, it’s like watching the life of this couple. It also reflects the reality of today’s world, whether it’s arguing with your sibling, or with people on the internet…” If the rapper’s fans discovered this short film on YouTube, some had the chance to see it earlier this year during an exclusive broadcast in Los Angeles, at the Laemmle Royal Theater, making it eligible for the selection of the Oscars.

Even if short films are not the most highlighted category during the ceremonyshe had her moment of glory in 2018 with the film Dear Basketball, directed by NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who won a statuette. If the rumors regarding a future eligibility of We Cry Together in the category of the Oscar for “best short film” turn out to be true, the rapper could find himself in competition with the American singer Taylor Swift and her fourteen-minute film titled All Too Well.

The film We Cry Together (2022) by Kendrick Lamar, is available on YouTube. The Scrapbook Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar is available on all platforms.

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