The Dave Meyers and The Little Homies directed video, which is a visual masterpiece, opens with Lamar dressed in papal robes, infused with imagery reminiscent of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, offset by grittier city settings, like beneath an overpass near discarded trash, surrounded by women in a beauty parlor and sprawled atop a table as women in lingerie count cash.
And shares a still of a scene from the video, featuring Lamar in flames:
Which you can watch here.
With the video providing layers to interpret, the song lyrics offer no shortage of strong messages for which Lamar is unmatched.
Specifically, in “Humble,” Lamar comments on artificial beauty, utilizing split-screen imagery to support his point. Lamar states, “I’m so sick and tired of the Photoshop. Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor. Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks.”
Of course, there are countless other commands (“sit down, be humble” on repeat) and messages in the song, alongside par for the course statements of grandeur (such as “If I quit this season, I still be the greatest, funk”) to which many will agree.