Odd Future’s new video for “Sam Is Dead” ventures into Vietnam-war-movie territory, and yes, they were in the shit. As with previous OF Tape Vol. 2 clips “Rella” and “NY (Ned Flander),” it’s warped and a bit mystifying, but this time the results are elegantly shot and enjoyable to watch, whether or not you can make sense of any apparent connection to the American Revolution young-adult novel My Brother Sam Is Dead. From the cat artwork on a wall in an interrogation room to the straight-faced absurdity of the inevitable, ambiguous death sequence, the video’s playful attention to detail recalls Rushmore as much as The Deer Hunter or Platoon. The closing credits are hilariously extensive, taking up about a whole minute of the video, which runs to nearly seven; Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt, Trash Talk’s Lee Spielman, and many others affiliated with the the L.A. hip-hop collective make appearances.
Tyler, the Creator directed “Sam Is Dead” under his Wolf Haley alias, wrote new music for the score, and trades verses in the clip with fellow Odd Future member Domo Genesis. “BY 25 I DO NOT WANT TO BE RAPPING,” he tweeted last night. “LEGIT JUST MAKING FILMS AND SCORING THEM.” Bring in the horns.