A$AP Rocky, Michael K. Williams & Joan Smalls Capture Heartbreak in “Phoenix” [Video]
There were moments in The Wire, and continue to be moments in Boardwalk Empire, where Michael K. Williams — who played Omar in the former and plays Chalky White in the latter — twists his mouth into a frown that perfectly portrays a man’s man, a gangster, caught at his most vulnerable.
And though A$AP Rocky — or more accurately Francesco Carrozzini, who shot the video at Milk Studios in NYC — fills “Phoenix” with bloodstained shirts, broken pictures, and an irate/heavily armed Joan Smalls, it’s really Williams’ signature frown that captures the emotional heartbreak that’s at the core of Rocky’s most stylishly somber (if that’s a thing) Long.Live.A$AP track.
Fans of Rocky’s ratchet, party fare be warned: “Pheonix” has none of the glitz in “F*cking Problems”. Get Long.Live.A$AP here.
February 27, 2014