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Belly, Nas and The Weekend had made a new track and it's got subliminal messages all over it. I'm just gonna jump into it.
In this clip, we see what's called Scorched Earth. The entire video takes place on scorched earth. Scorched earth is a place that directors and writers use in fiction and nonfiction stories to send the message that the end is near or the end is here for the characters in it. Destroyed, things or locations can symbolize that something is broken or defeated especially in the Hollywood context.
According to Marian Webster
relating to or being a military policy involving deliberate and usually widespread destruction of property and resources (such as housing and factories) so that an invading enemy cannot use them
directed toward victory or supremacy at all costs: RUTHLESSscorched-earth rhetoric
My conclusion to why the director had chosen this scenery was to depict the state of America; a world fought with weapons, missiles and bombs however, nations haven't had to use explosive projectile weapons on buildings in a 1st world country in a long time. Now, we fight with bioweapons. It's invisible and weakens society. That is the real damage and the parallel I see with the video vs reality.
Standing on top of an old tube television is a black crow which is commonly used as a symbol of manipulation and mischief. It flys toward the camera as a metaphor that the media is seeking to manipulate its viewers.
The TV means media
The crow = manipulation and mischief
Fire = to get rid of, or evil energy
Fallen Angel Wings
Belly is playing the role of a fallen angel who is now walking the streets, witnessing the destruction he had caused.
Wall-To-Wall Coverage of Media
Stacks of televisions on a wall to me mean wall-to-wall coverage of media. In the middle is the Crane, the symbol of freedom. Wallcovering TVs and a live Crane to me means the mass witnessing of the destruction of freedom.
According to The Astrology Web:
"A crane symbolizes freedom, intelligence, honor, good fortune, royalty, happiness, balance, grace..."
Out of Time?
This next one had me go into the bible. I knew it had a Cristian them being that Nas seems to be in the clock tower of a destroyed church.
The clock is a roman numeral time face in the time position of 6:23. I put two and two together and went to Romans 6:23 in the Bible. It says:
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
This scripture is referring to eternal life or infinite time. Ironically the video makes it seem as if they've run out of time. Possibly the rapture? After all, the world looks empty with only The Weekend, Nas and Belly.
Media symbols get clearer and clearer.
All cameras pointing to one subject and are all connected at the bottom. To me it means that they are all so connected, they might as well be considered one media outlet.
Again, we see more destruction of media but this time, we finally destroy the cameras which are the source of this fake news. They left this clip toward the end because this symbolizes the final solution to what I believe America needs in order for our future to not look like this video (metaphorically).
This represents the symbol of power in one man, Belly who played the Fallen Angel.
In summary, the video is trying to tell us that we are in the mids of a New World Arrangement/Order that is in some way a spiritual war with our minds. The media is trying to take our freedoms by convincing us that we should destroy them.