Gil Scott-Heron: New York Is Killing Me

Chris Cunningham’s video for Gil Scott-Heron’s “New York Is Killing Me” premiered at the Museum of Modern Art across three screens. Cunningham, who managed to remix the song by incorporating incidental train sounds, has the video available on his website split out in three sections.

The environment that Cunningham captures while Scott-Heron testifies blues-like amidst the clangor of railway is beautifully rendered. There’s a point when the music has stopped and all you can see is the black night and the millions of city lights outlining buildings and suspension lines like constellations.

“New York Is Killing Me” is a single from Scott-Heron’s 2010 album, I’m New Here, which I reviewed for No Ripcord. You can find the review here.

Check out the video and try to watch it without any lights.

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