The latest person to add their thoughts is none other than legendary director Werner Herzog. The highly respected German filmmaker has analyzed and narrated the video in a piece for The Daily Beast, and his overall reaction is very positive. "I see something very wild here, which is essential in real deep storytelling," Herzog says. "There’s all of a sudden a guy out there in the world of rappers who is doing something that I’ve always tried to get across to people who want to make movies," he continues.
Listen to his full commentary above, and read some more excerpts below.
The most interesting thing for me as a storyteller is ... in a movie, yes, you do have a story , and you develop a story. But at the same time you have to be very careful and think about and organize a parallel story, a separate, independent story that only occurs in the collective mind of the audience. And when you hear the rap, which is very well done, all of a sudden it gives you more time than anything else just to reflect on it.
This video gives you space for creating your separate parallel story. And you keep thinking, are these people for real? Are they doppelgangers? And what could be the story of them? What are they doing? How have they partied? What brought them together? So all of a sudden, the rapper gives me the chance to completely go wild on my own story. On the collective audience that he has out there. It’s very very interesting. ... I see something very wild here, which is essential in real deep storytelling.
There’s all of a sudden a guy out there in the world of rappers who is doing something that I’ve always tried to get across to people who want to make movies. I try to explain to them that there’s not just a story that you are telling and you are concocting some sort of relationship between people. ... I try to embed, to implant moments where time doesn’t matter anymore. There’s a standstill, there’s only breathing.