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10 Best Music Videos of 2015

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10 Best Music Videos of 2015

The best music videos of 2015 confronted both society's big problems and the everyday struggles of individuals. They also revealed what would happen if you danced like no one was watching in the middle of a James Turrell exhibition.

10 Best Music Videos of 2015

Vince Staples, “Norf Norf”

Directors: Spike Jordan and Vince Staples
In the video for "Norf Norf," Vince Staples practically rolls his eyes through a hectic trip that takes him from the back of a police car, to central booking, to an interrogation room and to a jail cell. While there were several videos this year with artsy treatments that addressed the maddening state of race relations in America — from Kendrick Lamar's aforementioned "Alright," to Run the Jewels' "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)," to Staples's own "Señorita" — the comparatively restrained "Norf Norf" may be the most powerful. Staple's performance shows just how normalized and commonplace brutality, intimidation and harassment are for people who must endure them everyday.

10 Best Music Videos of 2015

Missy Elliott, “WTF (Where They From)”

Director: David Meyers
A legend returns through the medium that helped us first recognize her greatness. The video for "WTF (Where They From)" proves that Elliott can still be the bold innovator that most of the world learned about nearly 20 years ago with her debut video, "The Rain." Teaming with director David Meyers, this time Elliott leaves behind the hyper-real settings she famously inhabited for songs like "Get Ur Freak On" and "Lose Control," and instead appears in more grounded locations like city streets and Metro stops. Still, she looks like a visitor from the future, sent to reflect the possibilities of boundless creativity.

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