Music, Pop Culture

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, And Lena Dunham Unite To Troll The Fuck Out Of Literally Everyone

Certain collaborations seem so counterintuitive — at least initially — that they almost can’t help but be successful off the sheer ingenuity and ridiculousness of someone attempting to put those two things together. Fried chicken and waffles, for instance. (Also, Big Sean and public speaking.) The risk in doing this, of course, is in looking wasteful and foolish. For every light beer (a counterintuitive collaboration that worked) there are a dozen hybrid Escalades (a counterintuitive collaboration that failed spectacularly and likely led to several beheadings). Still, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, if you’re not first you’re last, and I’m riding through the six with my woes.

With this in mind, I get why whoever thought it would be a good idea to put Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift on the same song and Lena Dunham in the video of that song thought it would be a good idea. I get it, I get it, I get it. And I’m not so cynical that I couldn’t be swayed that this collab is all about the music.

But I have not been swayed yet. And since I have not been swayed, I’ll continue to believe that putting a guy whose best song off his most recent album (an album which also happened to be the Blackest major label release since the Book of Job) contained the lyrics “Came from the bottom of mankind/My hair is nappy, my dick is big, my nose is round and wide” on the same track with Taylor Sansa Stark Swift and in the same video with Lena Dunham, the Trader Joe’s turkey bacon of problematic White People, is the most elaborate troll job of 2015.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Julian Green

    This video makes me want to watch The 5th Element.

    • Boo Radley

      Ha! I won’t, though, because after the first time I watched that movie I insisted on exclaiming “Lilu Dallas. Multipass!” every time I was carded for anything for about a year. It was a hit at bars but not so much with campus police.

  • I saw Taylor Swift dancing to Nicki Minaj last night, and I realized she’s one black bf away from mad white folks on their computers being like:

    https://img.4plebs.org/boards/pol/image/1416/88/1416889766725.gif

  • KB

    Taylor Swift still so badly wants to be accepted by the black community so she can continue with her cultural appropriation, so of course she teams up with one of the most pro-black rappers out, who can right now do no wrong. I am not here for this.

    • Remember when she never heard a rap song like two years ago?

  • TeeChantel

    Meh. Best part was seeing Mariska Hargitay in the video.

    • miss t-lee

      Thanks for saving me from watching it.

    • GypsyCurl

      And Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s anatomy) was “Luna”.

      So…..Damon, why did you single out Lena Dunham when the video has 50-11 cameos of other women? It’s not like Lena said a word. Her cameo was 0.0001 seconds longer than the other women. OAN: Darn you for updating me on the latest greatestness that is Taylor Swift. I try not to be a fan but she draws me in by being so darn talented (her and Beyonce).

    • dmcmillian72

      WHAT?! How’d I miss her? :( *goes back up to re-watch with my eyes peeled*

  • KillaKam

    1) the video is actually dope. I MISS big budget videos!
    2) I also miss videos with major cameos
    3) the song is stupid. Kendrick’s rhymes are aight.
    4) “the trader Joe’s turkey bacon of problematic white people” o. m. g.

  • KillaKam

    Also…in reference to another comment on here.. The incorrect use of cultural appropriation these days are beginning to kill me.

  • The music video saved this song.

    • Epsilonicus

      I felt the same way about K.Dot’s “i” video

      • I actually didn’t care for “I” until I heard the live version on To Pimp a Butterfly

  • mssporadic

    I liked the video, and Kendrick made the song better. It was typically vanilla TSwift without him. I don’t know if I get cultural appropriation from TSwift. She seems to stay in her lane to me. Why she is friends with Lena Dunham, I will never know. I like Girls, but Lena is a hot mess!

    • Baemie St. Patrick

      girl she friends with everybody. I read that the song is a diss to former friend Katy Perry. This video is a visual “I have more friends that you, nanny nanny boo boo!” because a lot of the chicks in the video are personal friends of hers.

  • Tosin Otitoju

    wow, that was unenjoyable. the best part was recognizing K.Lamar’s voice. Other than that, nothing happened really after the first minute to me.

  • She Who Reads

    Two quick things: One, I used to have the privilege of not knowing what Kim Kardashian’s and Taylor Swift’s voices sound like, and that streak has now been ruined.

    Two: If Taylor Swift turns into the next Miley Cyrus, white people are going to lose their minds and start protesting in Ugg boots with cookie-strawed frappuccinos.

    Three: Kendrick is always fi’e. Even on this mish-mash mess.

    • TT

      Ha! “Protesting in Ugg boots with cookie strawed frappacinos”…

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