Earlier in the week, Bilal‘s latest video for the song “Levels” premiered online starring Erykah Badu, Shafiq Husayn, and Thundercat and lensed by Flying Lotus in his directorial debut. The video is interesting to say the least. I’m clearly not high enough nor deep enough to make sense of this, so I’ll let FlyLo explain it:
I originally wanted to keep visual themes with another video from my last LP called ‘mmhmm’ off of my last album. It featured Thundercat as an intergalactic bass player in a super strange world created by ‘Special Problems’. Since Thundercat was part of this song, I thought it could be fun to continue the visual style and feel of this space opera. In the end you have this crazy video made of so much mixed media, geek dreams and lots of love.
Alrighty then. As long as somebody knows what’s going on here, I’m good. This is the third video from Bilal’s Airtight’s Revenge, with a fourth for the GRAMMY-nominated song “Little One” coming soon with our good friend Matthew Cherry directing.