Can't fight it. Won't fight it. Dis a sexy ass video. How we get around that? Can't. Director Anthony Mandler does a helluva job mixing and moshing the national psyche using a number of provocative tropes. So Lana is Marilyn is Jackie O is the black man's dream of the ultimate prize - symbol of the white male's happiness/possession/power/control. Asap Rocky is JFK is the black male athlete the sexualized objectified BM is Barack Obama is hip hop is the rebel the renegade the corn rows rocking hip hop hopping male thug love object of an America that hates all such things historically and whenever possible.
So, what's poppin slime? This ish is. Yeah, they both fine as hell. FAH. Lana and Asap. Who wouldn't want to bang 'em? If I were a man or a gay woman, I sure as hell would want to put it to Lana. And as it goes, just watchin Asap I feel the same, in the reverse. Who the hell wouldn't want to feel up on that fineness?
And therein lies the conundrum. As hot as this video is, as subterranean, as much as it does its due diligence in crawlin' up under your skin, it also falls back and digs deep into the stock image of the white woman as the ultimate in black male desire.
On one level the acceptance of that truth (yeah, I said truth cuz it iz) makes my stomach curdle. On the other I have got to fist pump Mandler for using the latent and potent energy pent up in that powder keg of race and desire and for playing to type while playing against type. I mean, it's rich and as much as it smacks of the commonly accepted notion of beauty-desire and black male desire, the image of Asap Rocky as the Hip Hop nation's anthem and an amalgam of Obama and JFK is
f-ckin creme-laden and equally f-ckin priceless. I bows down to that.
Anyhoo, that's my uber long-winded review, and I'll say it twice, 'as much as certain notions of desire and what is considered the finest and the fittest sticks in my craw, a.k.a, works my last nerve, I cannot resist the diggity dopeness of Lana Del Rey's music and the fineness represented by Asap Rocky and herself. It bleeds the mind to think of their coupling. Go fig.'
End note: And in the era of Obama's running for re-election doesn't the end note of the vid ring especially chilling and provocative? It do.