Jaden Smith is all grown up– seriously. The super talented youngster just dropped the music video for his new single ‘Scarface’ and it is twisted, mysterious, and all around badass. Check it out!
Jaden Smith is only 17, but he’s making very adult art. Case in point: his new music video for “Scarface,” which he released on his website, 490tx, on July 27. A little bit Drake-inspired, the song is smooth and sophisticate with an edgy twist, and the video is equally artistic. Directed by Moisés Arias and shot in Matera, Italy, the vid (which could practically be a short film), features Jaden sulking through a cave-like space before making his way to a more sprawling patio– and the contrast is pretty creepy.
Some sample lyrics include “Private society, but you try to see/Handle it Privately/Why did you lie to me? Why did you, Bruce Lee/John F. Kennedy, who?” He also makes allusions to Lex Luthor, which, sure. The most chilling line, though, comes at the very end of the song.
“The government will not be killing me, no/The government will not be killing–” he raps, before the verse is abruptly cut off.
If the words themselves weren’t cryptic enough, the video ends with that last line being halted by an unmistakable gunshot. In that moment, Jaden stops rapping at once. All we see is his shadow, which had been moving with vibrance, go still. The camera remains focused on the now blank cobblestone ground, before the word “fin” flashes before us.
An appropriately eccentric video for one of Young Hollywood’s most eccentric talents, right? Right.
What do you think of Jaden’s new video? Is it cool and edgy or just plain bizarre?
— Casey Mink