Idle Warship (Talib Kweli x Res) – “Beautifully Bad” | Music Video

The video for “Beautifully Bad” appeared on the Idle Warship Tumblr this morning and it’s another great reason to revisit Talib Kweli and female Philly singer Res‘ excellent LP, Habits of the Heart, which came out last year. The lyrics describe a poisonous, pain-inducing relationship, and the visuals, which were co-directed by the New York rapper, provide a perfect visual accompaniment. After Kweli opens the downtempo track with a guilty verse from the shadows, Res appears against an empty, whitewashed background in flowing, blood-red attire. Her heartfelt vocal performance makes the track her own, and to provide a visual metaphor for the pain she conveys so brilliantly, two darkly robed performance artists leap and lunge at each other in the background. You almost forget that, when the track began, this was a couple dancing in harmony.

Buy Habits of the Heart here, and listen to Idle Warship’s recent contribution to The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack here.