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Kendrick Lamar's 'LOVE.' Video Is a NSFW Piece of Art

The rapper's latest visuals from DAMN. are once again stunning.
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Kendrick Lamar has explored loyalty, humility, the molecules that describe our genetic instructions, the basic building blocks of existence. This year, Lamar has crafted songs and visuals that deconstruct the human experience down to its smallest particles, be they spiritual connections or scientific.

And he ends the year with the new video for "LOVE.," where he doesn't tell one story or even 10. He weaves together a tapestry of stills and scenes and emotions. There's anger, there's loneliness, there's raw passion, there's pure appreciation for the human form, there's respect, and there's mutual cohabitation. It's like a carousel of art, a series of there-until-you-miss-it stories that contain the deconstructed idea of the song's title. That same structure has been the connecting theme through every video from Lamar's DAMN. And I hope he doesn't quit until he visually describes each song from the album.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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