Odd Future rapper Tyler the Creator may have been born long after the Vietnam War was over, but that doesn’t mean he can’t use it to set the scene for his band’s new viral music video for the song “Sam is Dead.”
Evoking everything from Wes Anderson’s Rushmore to a title screen that looks straight out of a Robert Rodriguez movie, the song features mellow production set against scenes of death and a mass grave that isn’t exactly explained. From a guy who is known for disjointed but compelling songwriting and wild live shows, it seems appropriate. It also makes sense that Tyler directed the video—he recently tweeted he wants to move out of rapping and into film scoring and production.
Tyler the Creator creating movies? We can’t wait for the feature-length—weird, spooky storyline and all.
Video by Taige Jensen.