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The song, from the deluxe version of “Tha Carter IV,” is the closest we generally get to a ballad from Lil Wayne, who even invokes Michael Jackson, when he says “No message could be any clearer, so I’m starting with the man in the .... “ then adds, “MJ taught me that.”
The Antoine Fuqua-directed video opens with a close up of Lil Wayne’s closed eyes, tattooed with “Fear” on his right eyelid and “God” on his left lid. That camera then caresses slowly down his painted torso. A shirtless Wayne begins created some unseen masterpiece as red paint, symbolizing red blood, spills in rivulets.
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As he looks in the mirror, he comes to that startling realization that’s shocking for any man--when he or she see how much he looks like his father--and, as Lil Wayne smiles, he also sees some of the beauty of his mother. In between, Bruno Mars serves as a greek chorus of sorts, chanting “Mirror on the wall/here we are again/through my rise and fall/you’ve been my only friend.
At the end, it turns out Lil Wayne has been painting a rapper holding a mike, as both he and the rapper in the photo hold a messianic stance with their arms spread wide.
What do you think of the beautifully shot “Mirror?”
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