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Kendrick Lamar recruits Oscar winner Helen Mirren for Count Me Out video


Renell Medrano

Kendrick Lamar has dropped the visual for “Count Me Out,” the fourth video off his Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers album. This time around, he’s teamed up with Oscar winner Helen Mirren to bring his song to life.

The black-and-white video captures Kendrick in a therapy session with Helen, who takes on the role of his therapist. He confesses to stealing a woman’s parking spot earlier that day and explains why he sent Helen a 2 a.m. text message that read, “I feel like I’m fallen.”

“Life,” Lamar said, before further elaborating with the lyrics to the song.

Directed by Lamar and Dave Free, the “Count Me Out” video follows “N95,” “We Cry Together” and “Rich Spirit.” All songs appear on Kendrick’s Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers album, which he was encouraged to release after thinking about his kids.

“When I got to completion and I said, ‘I may or may not put this out; I’m not going to put this out; it’s way too much,’ I thought about my children,” he previously told W Magazine. “I thought about when they turn 21, or they’re older in life, and when I got grandchildren, or if I’m long gone — this can be a prerequisite of how to cope. That’s the beauty of it for me.”

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