On the last day of his five-month, 79-date, Baby Keem and Tanna Leone assisted U.S. and International “Big Steppers Tour,” which saw his final performance take place in Auckland, NZ, Kendrick Lamar provided the fourth music video for his May masterpiece album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Directed by Lamar and his manager/pgLang co-founder Dave Free, the “Count Me Out” visuals arrived on Dec. 16.
The entire album’s message, execution and motivation always seemed to be guided by Lamar’s therapeutic revelations. All throughout MM&TBS, Kung Fu Kenny revisits his demons and upbringing to shed his sinful cocoon, and does so by portraying some of the songs and interludes as sessions with a therapist.
Now, via another stunning visual display, Lamar finally depicts what a therapy session of his looks like. Starting the video mid-appointment while sitting at a piano, his therapist asks him about a text he had sent her the night before that read “I feel like I’m fallen.” This topic then leads Kendrick to relive all of the events in his life that have led him to this point, whether it be time with his wife and kids, signing contracts, having drinks with friends, etc.
Using his verses that sandwich his “I love when you count me out” hook as anecdotes for his therapist, Kendrick appears to be conveying and processing his trauma. Among these scenes, a clip of him draped in a red garment and being laid to rest is shown, perhaps conveying the end of a scornful chapter of his life.
As he nears the end of his session, he is comforted by a “guardian angel” seated next to him, conveying an optimistic outlook on the future for him.
The “Count Me Out” music video comes just about a month after he dropped the visuals for “Rich Spirit,” continuously proving that any content he puts out will be of the utmost quality. Fully fleshed out thematically and containing impressive camera work, Lamar’s latest offering further cements what an outstanding 2022 he has had.
Check out the “Count Me Out” music video below!