Coming off of her new album, 1989, Taylor Swift introduced her audience to (or more like chucked) her single “Bad Blood” with an epic, novel, futuristic, and star-studded music video directed by Joseph Kahn, who is known for directing other famous projects for artists like Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Mariah Carey and more.
This music video made a huge impression on everyone, especially me, at the Sunday night Billboards Music Awards for 2015!
The song features everyone’s favorite rising rapper, Kendrick Lamar (also T-Swift’s BFF), who recently released his album To Pimp a Butterfly. Along with Swift’s powerful vocals, harsh tones, and extreme glares, Lamar gives the song the perfect beat and edge that the song needs to be the ultimate killer entrance song. *Cue the music!*
In an interview with The Fader, Lamar recognizes Swift’s talent saying, “Shout out to Taylor Swift… I enjoy great music outside of my own music all the time, so I definitely can see where she’s coming from when she says that she listens to the record, and it’s a great thing for her to acknowledge that and put that good energy out into the world like that.” That’s high praise!
One of my favorite lines from her song is “Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes.” Ha!
The cast featured in this Mission-Impossible-esque production includes:
Taylor Swift as Catastrophe (I knew you were trouble?)
Selena Gomez as Arsyn
Karlie Kloss as Knockout
Kendrick Lamar as Welvin Da Great (a master)
Martha Hunt as HomeSlice
Jessica Alba as Domino (Confused?)
Serayah as Dilemma
Lena Dunham as Lucky Fiori (holding her super swag cigar)
Hailee Steinfeld as The Trinity (times 3?)
Ellie Goulding as Destructa X
GiGi Hadid as Slay-Z (Jay-Z’s real name)
Hayley Williams as The Crimson Curse (so punk)
Zendaya as Cut-Throat (BAD-ASS)
Lily Aldridge as Frostbyte
Ellen Pompeo as Luna
Mariska Hargitay as Justice
Cara Delevingne as Mother Chucker (aka Bae)
Cindy Crawford as Headmistress
So, ya girls– prepare to feel super empowered when checking out this song. You’ll feel like you can walk with your girl gang and take over the world. (Hey, maybe you boys will too!) Between the sweet martial arts tricks and the post-apocalyptic flare, anyone would feel the intensity and want to get up and run out to do some parkour. I mean, there is glass shattering, car crashing, dark makeup and clothes, eerie laboratories, advanced technology, changes in weather in glass cases, sick weaponry (like a purse turning into nunchucks–yas Cara!), a teddy bear being shanked in the head and pinned to a wall, and a walk away from a fire explosion in the background… What?!
Many people have compared the action-packed theme and execution of the video as similar to such films as Sucker Punch, Sin City, and Kick-Ass. People have interpreted the video as Swift storytelling about her former friendship turned into feud with Katy Perry since both had dated John Mayer in the past.
Others proclaim this as the ultra-feminist movement song– some complain about it and some support it. All in all, it is a fun song to jam out to while taking a drive or when getting pumped up for a work-out or a sport game, and everyone should give it a listen without thinking too much into the details. At least this time it is not a boy-crazy song! Who knows, it may become your summer jam! Just smash a wall like Dilemma does (Serayah) and strut through flames with confidence! Let us know what you think!