The five-and-a-half-minute clip shows a montage of violent riots and protests from all over the world as well as dancer Mette Towley displaying impressive choreography.
N.E.R.D continues preparing the world for their epic return to the music industry. After releasing music video for Rihanna-assisted track “Lemon”, the Pharrell Williams-led group has unveiled music video for track “1000” featuring Future.
The visuals, which is directed by Todd Tourso and Scott Cudmore, opens with a statement from the group and their record label, Columbia Records, which states that they “do not support or condone violence in any shape of form. We only have internet access.” The scene then changes to show protestors ripping a conservative flag, followed by a montage of violent riots and protests from all over the world.
One of the scenes shows dancer Mette Towley, who also appeared in music video for “Lemon”, showing her impressive choreography once again. At one point, Mette is seen fighting someone with Mike Tyson’s monologue playing in the background.
“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,” Mike says. “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 confident I get.”
“1000” will be included in N.E.R.D’s new album “No_One Ever Really Dies”, which is set to be released on December 15. Ahead of the release, the funk rock band held a surprise listening party at ComplexCon in Long Beach, California.
At the event, the group revealed that the album would feature collaborations with popular musicians. For instance, Ed Sheeran is featured on track “Lifting You”, while Kendrick Lamar assists the band on track “Don’t Don’t Do It”.
“I just know that that for all those unarmed motorists that’s been killed, I know there’s a moment when they tell them to do something there must be a voice in their heads saying, ‘Don’t don’t do it,’ ” Pharrell said of the latter track.