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See Flying Lotus’ Horrifically NSFW ‘Ready Err Not’ Video

Decapitated heads, bloody bathtubs and intestine-eating babies highlight Halloween-friendly clip

The second that Flying Lotus announced that his upcoming record would be titled You’re Dead!, his fans should have expected something grotesque for Halloween. Fittingly, the experimental electronic/hip-hop artist has delivered an animated video for the track “Ready Err Not,” which premiered on Adult Swim, that splits the difference between a Francis Bacon painting and Terry Gilliam’s gnarly Monty Python cartoons.

Over the course of the impressionistic track’s three-minute runtime (incidentally, it runs less than two minutes on You’re Dead!), the clip begins with a shot of a deformed-looking man beheading the producer. And from there, the video only becomes grosser: Eyeballs sprout spider legs, babies eat intestines and there are scenes of decapitated heads floating in a bloody bathtub. But, since it all looks avant-garde, it comes off a bit more unsettling than shocking. The clip’s director, British animator David Firth, first pulled off that effect with his popular Salad Fingers series of web shorts.

Earlier this year, Flying Lotus told Rolling Stone that, at first, the album title You’re Dead! was a joke, but that he eventually decided it would be a good common thread to write around for what would be a jazz-influenced album. “I wanted to say, ‘OK, you’re dead. Now what?'” he said with a laugh. “Or songs about death – [bassist] Thundercat and myself just started writing a bunch of stuff that started fitting into that world. And not all of it sounded like hard bop after a while.”

The album features guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. In September, he shared the track that features Lamar, “Never Catch Me,” which found the rapper working his way around Zappa-esque soundscapes. “The funny part is, though, that he wanted to keep that shit for his album,” Flying Lotus told Rolling Stone. “When I first sent him the track, he was trying to convince me to give it to him. Like, ‘Nah, man, I need that.'”

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