After storming the internet with Rhianna-featuring track ‘Lemon’, N.E.R.D have teamed with Future to premiere the politically charged visuals for ‘1000’. Directors Todd Tourso and Scott Cudmore, catapult viewers into action with a banner reading: “N.E.R.D and Colombia Records do not support or condone violence in any shape or form. We only have internet access.” The video then opens with scenes of demonstrators tearing up confederate flags and clashing with police at various anti-Trump and anti-far right rallies across the US.
The sequence comes to a halt in preparation for Future’s first verse. ‘Lemon’ dancer Mette Towley then takes centre stage, battling with a stranger as a clip of Mike Tyson plays over the top. “But I’m totally confident. All during my training, I’ve been afraid of this man. I thought this man might be capable of beating me.” As Towley floats in the sea, Tyson continues, “I’ve dreamed of him beating me. The closer I get to the ring, the more confident I get. The closer and more confidence I get, the closer and more I get.” The visuals then cut to Towley in a carpark, delivering another dose of striking choreography in front of a line of neighbourhood associates. All sporting red trousers and black hoodies, the silent posse all raise one hand in salute before joining Towley to perform a political dance routine.
Watch the visuals for ‘1000’ below.
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