Hua Li 化力 Shares Video for "Mr. Greenlight"
The song appears on the Montreal artist's new album 'Dynasty'
Published Jul 26, 2019After rolling out videos for "Luxury" and "Social Meds," Hua Li 化力 has now shared a new clip for new single "Mr. Greenlight."
Directed by Paz Ramirez and starring dancer/performance artist Winnie Ho, the clip for the trip-hop-leaning cut was born out of the Montreal-based rapper/DJ approaching the director with "loose images of male destruction and female reparation."
Ramirez expanded on the development of Hua Li's concept as follows:
I was hooked by this metaphor of the emotional labor that historically is done by femme folks. I wanted to explore working this concept in a domestic space but with a very careful aesthetic treatment; it was made possible by the committed collaboration of Brenna Holler, who did the production design. I was inspired by cinematographic references like Gus Van Sant and Haneke's first movie The Seventh Continent. Building on the prevalence of the B&W resource in hip hop culture and media, I attempted to give it another layer within the context of the video, as a way of subtly pushing a female gaze and sensibility into a predominantly masculine-ruled genre and industry.
"Working with director Paz Ramirez was a dream come true. Her vision, resourcefulness and drive was inspiring the whole way through," Hua Li said in a statement. "I have also admired Winnie Ho for years and watching her embody the mood of my song and lyrics with her beautiful creativity as a dancer and performance artist showed me new sides to my own music."
Of her own role, Hua Li added, "Throughout the video I appear as an all-seeing figure somehow distinct from the violence and toxicity in the home — much like a child watching their parents negotiate the messier sides of relationships, I am a silent comfort to Winnie's character, witnessing her trials and expressing solidarity where I can."
Hua Li's debut LP Dynasty is due out September 20 via Next Door Records.