Queer Rapper Kevin Abstract released today a music video for "Runner," which appears on his sophomore album, American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story. The BROCKHAMPTON member's self-directed queer visual unfolds like a faded teenage movie, shot in the suburban California neighborhood, Van Nuys.
Reflecting the track, which centers on love and self-discovery, Abstract's video features a group of guys smoking weed in a van. Though the narrative is ambiguous, they all appear to be discussing the suicide of a girl named Summer, at one point referencing their friend who "likes dick," which sparks a queer conversation about oral sex. "I've dabbled in a little bit of everything and head is head is head," the driver says, as washed out shots of Abstract receiving head fade in and out--the giver's gender unclear.
"Cross my heart, let me be tripped in the dark, you found me," Abstract sings on the woozy, cinematic track. "And boy I'll be back when you're lonely if you want me to; my parents don't know what's gotten into me since I've met you." The dreamy video takes a dark turn when a boy pulls out a gun, accidentally shoots Abstract and we suddenly see the rapper duct-taped to a car, as another song, "Blink" begins playing.
This isn't the first time Abstract has abstracted his sexuality through music. On American Boyfriend's centerpiece, "Papercut," the artist reflects on sexuality and privacy: "Can't tell my family I'm bi, can't tell my mother I'm gay, the hardest part of my day is wishing I was fucking straight," he says. "Life could be so fucking easy."
Watch Kevin Abstract's 7-minute "Runner" video, below.