Already lyrically set up like a dramatic play, Kendrick Lamar has released the short film for his Mr. Morale & the High Steppers track “We Cry Together,” featuring actress Taylour Paige. Only further enhancing the song’s already established narrative and argumentative structure by using the visual to depict an abusive relationship.
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Directed by Jake Schreier, Dave Free, and Kendrick with Adam Newport-Berra serving as cinematographer. The six minute short film, which was reportedly filmed in one take, was shot with live vocals back in March 2020. Naturally carrying Kendrick and Taylour’s theatrical nature on the recorded song, into the their performances for the short film.
The two enact the song’s explosive lyrics, getting in each other’s faces and arguing as the camera trails them throughout the apartment. Things intensify, as Kendrick hides Taylour's keys and locks himself in the bathroom.
However, as the intensity of their words builds, their tones and body language soften, and by the end of the song (well at least in the uncensored version), things come to a steamy conclusion.
Watch Kendrick’s short film for “We Cry Together” below. Heads up though, the uncensored video features nudity, graphic language and situations. For the uncensored version click here.