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And his latest music video is throwing him back into the ring. The video for "My Homies Still" (featuring rapper Big Sean) mostly takes place in the most bizarre suburbia ever—pink elephants, dancing pandas and makeout sessions with mannequins included—all Wayne's usual brand of chaos.
But, in light of the recent The Dark Knight Rises tragedy, the ending takes a much darker turn.
At around the 3:35 mark in the video, Lil Wayne and his gang are transported to a movie theater where they dance, sing and throw popcorn at the screen. In what is surely a case of horrible timing, the theater is occupied by a number of skeletons.
Those following the shooting at one Colorado screening of the Batman film noted that, in the main setup for this scene, there are 12 skeletons visible. The exact number of people who lost their lives in the Dark Knight tragedy.
Later in the video, the camera pulls back to reveal many more skeletons (upwards of twenty, by our count), but it still seems to be an eerie coincidence.
Once that connection was made, others were quick to point out other similarities between the music video and reports of the crime scene: For one, smoke bombs set off in the suburban streets (where Lil Wayne also skateboards past a pair of skeletons). And, at 3:28, a mirrored reflection in the window nearly takes on the shape of a bat.
While Wayne has not spoken out on his latest clip, the director, Parris, took to Twitter to respond to the similarities. One user asked, "How do you feel about shooting the scene with the skeletons in the movie theater? Is that a bit eerie to you?"
"not at all. It's just sad that people try an associate a tragedy to a music video that was created by having fun nothing more," Parris responded. "I'm not that deep or sick to put cryptic messages in my videos purely art and entertainment."
The video was published on July 17, three days prior to the Aurora, Colo., tragedy. There's been no word yet from Team Wayne on whether any modifications to the video in light of these connections will be done.
Either way, Wayne surely didn't expect this to be the lasting memory of what he's sure to have though would be a traditionally outrageous video.