June 8th, 2015
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I nearly failed chemistry in high school. Everything I know about the subject I learned from Walter White, and my recent consumption of way too many edibles while watching Bill Nye episodes on Netflix. But I don’t need to be an expert to know that finding the cure for cancer would be a huge fucking deal – and that stealing credit for something like that would be a DICK MOVE ON YOUR PART.

Cue R&B/experimental artist StarRo, and his new video for his track “Tainted.” In the cinematic video, Dr. Shawn Matthews becomes savior of the world by creating a solution that’ll kick the shit out of cancer’s ass, once and for all. His BFF is ecstatic for him … OR SO IT SEEMS. He’s seen patting his friend on the back, probably saying something like, “Great job, man [suspicious laughter] I’m real proud of you, hehehuh” – and then BFF goes full Brutus and tries to eradicate Dr. Matthews by gassing him in a locked chamber, evil-comic-book-villain-slash-madman-scientist style.

What an a-hole.

But in true sci-fi form, Shawn rises from the dead with spanking new super powers that I’m not entirely sure about – but they definitely involve a lot of strangling and radioactive eyes.

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The upgraded Doctor Shawn Matthews completely Hulks out and wreaks havoc on the streets while his terminally ill wife waits in their home, forlorn, until BFF-of-the-year barges in and continues earning his title. What a winner.

Luckily, Dr. Shawn-Turned-Hulk crashes in and avenges himself with some old-fashioned brutality. Beating up nerds who ACTUALLY deserve it. CHYEAH!

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WERE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???

The video is directed by Brad Wong and the Meteorites, who’ve filmed a ton of acclaimed, award-winning shorts (they were in Cannes, y’all!), and the song itself features LA-based singer Jarell Perry. “Tainted” is a soft, sensual, semi-angsty ballad that somehow fits well with the theme of the video. But I would brood too if my friend stole my top-caliber scientific research and then turned me into a monster. Yeesh.

StarRo‘s “Tainted” is from his Emotion EP, which was released a couple months ago and can be heard here. Additionally, if you’re into the vibes that the vid and the song have got going, check out StarRo’s Soundcloud. It’s a nice place to raise a family.

 

RELATED: See StarRo play with LEMAITRE June 19 in Los Angeles!