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Flying Lotus & Denzel Curry Make A Video As Bold And Symbolic As Their Collaboration

#DMT.NEWS Flying Lotus is widely known for his insane visuals and his genre-bending creativity. But with "Black Balloons Reprise," his newest video, which features Denzel Curry, Brainfeeder's brainchild admitted to doing something he's not really known to do: giving up control. "Honestly, ['Black Balloons Reprise'] is the first video I kinda let go of control on," he s<a href="https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.53670/title.flying-lotus-honors-mac-miller-in-black-balloons-reprise-video-featuring-denzel-curry" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hared with <em>HipHopDX</em>'s Kyle Eustice</a>. "Every other video I've done I had been super involved with, so it was kinda fun to see what someone would do without my influence." <a title="Permanent Link to Denzel Curry Covers Rage Against The Machine &amp; Slays The Evil Empire" href="https://ambrosiaforheads.com/2019/02/denzel-curry-rage-against-the-machine-bulls-on-parade-cover-video/" target="_blank" rel="bookmark noopener">Denzel Curry Covers Rage Against The Machine &amp; Slays The Evil Empire</a> Directed by Jack Begert (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQqEMLOOMCo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"Hair Down,"</a> <a href="https://ambrosiaforheads.com/2019/03/schoolboy-q-numb-juice-belly-video/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"Numb Numb Juice"</a>), "Black Balloons Reprise" is abstract in execution and vivid in form. The visually captivating black-and-white effort channels elements of Stephen King's <em>It</em> with a freshly-shorn Denzel popping up in various locations throughout Los Angeles, California. Shapes shift, balloons explode to black dust, and Denzel morphs between good and evil, all in real-time. Inspired by the South Florida wunderkind's standout cut <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isn8Qp-H0N4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"BLACK BALLOONS"</a> from his '18 <a href="https://open.spotify.com/album/6idVoBWP2mt1qoMtASm3gc?si=FvQmvrunR9eCd1etKsn6aw" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>TA13OO</em></a> album, Denzel re-hashes the pain that comes with living in a challenging time for America and the rigors of this harsh life. <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Isn8Qp-H0N4" width="730" height="411" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"><span style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" data-mce-type="bookmark" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></iframe> <a title="Permanent Link to Anderson .Paak Helps Flying Lotus’ Sound Soar On A Soulful Collab (Audio)" href="https://ambrosiaforheads.com/2019/05/anderson-paak-flying-lotus-more-audio/" target="_blank" rel="bookmark noopener">Anderson .Paak Helps Flying Lotus’ Sound Soar On A Soulful Collab (Audio)</a> In the closing sequence, Flying Lotus lifts up his sweatshirt to reveal a Mac Miller t-shirt. The two artists were really close, having worked together on 2013's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj4csT4eviU" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"S.D.S."</a> Mac's passing from an overdose five years later—compelled FlyLo to reincarnate himself in a way that impacted his sixth album, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/album/5WfDyog8yO7ZF8JdJxeZfl?si=Qn94tSD9SWGZeDz0ZhldbA" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Flamagra</em></a>, directly. "Mac Miller's passing was a little bit different," FlyLo said in a recent <a href="https://www.npr.org/2019/10/09/761282760/the-fire-this-time-flying-lotus-seeks-rebirth-after-mac-millers-death">interview with <em>NPR</em> <em>Music</em>'s</a> Rodney Carmichael. "When he passed, Thundercat was supposed to go on tour with him. [Thundercat] and I planned on not working for a while because he was going to be gone, so we were going to try and blitz and get a couple of things done. But then Mac passed, and he couldn't do this tour anymore, and I was thinking about when Mac was alive. What Mac would want — instead of us being all emotional about it, sad and just sitting here being pissed — he would want us to just go. So that's what happened." <a title="Permanent Link to Denzel Curry’s Performance Demonstrates Why He’s A Real Master Of Ceremony (Video)" href="https://ambrosiaforheads.com/2019/07/denzel-curry-ricky-open-mic-video/" target="_blank" rel="bookmark noopener">Denzel Curry’s Performance Demonstrates Why He’s A Real Master Of Ceremony (Video)</a> Utilizing a flip from Madlib’s incredible <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_5edxArGT8" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quasimoto’s instrumental, “Come On Feet,”</a> "Black Balloons Reprise" completes the final chapter of the trilogy, which also includes Curry's own <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isn8Qp-H0N4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"BLACK BALLOONS"</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSEyLU3Gx5w" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"THE BLACKEST BALLOON"</a> cuts. <em>Flamagra</em> also features <a href="https://ambrosiaforheads.com/2019/05/anderson-paak-flying-lotus-more-audio/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Anderson .Paak</a>, George Clinton, Tierra Whack, and Solange, among others.



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