Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – “Gold Purple Orange”
“Gold Purple Orange” is from the Jean Grae and Quelle Chris album Everything’s Fine.
The video is absolutely mesmerizing. I’m not really sure what to make of it, so I’m just going to give you the facts. The video stars Jean Grae and Quelle Chris acting out a karaoke video with a “glamour photo shoot” style. It guest stars Dane Orr, Eric Andre, Anna Wise, Hannibal Buress, Denmark Vessey, Duncecap, Jonathan Hoard, and Littles The Cat. Littles The fucking CAT!
“When we came up with the album title [Everything’s Fine], I started thinking about what kind of photos best expressed that statement” explains Jean Grae when talking about the idea for the video. “It was instantly the awkward, temporary confident smile of an 80s glamour shot. Glamour photo shoots from the 1980s. They’re beautiful. They’re soft. They’re expressive. People have the best shots and expressions. Not to mention- props. Not to mention backdrops.”
Grae doesn’t stop there though. She keeps going. digging deeper into finding out what the video is actually about: “What could make that even more awkward? Holding that pose for a very long time. It’s a metaphor for the sociopolitical state of our global community. Just kidding. It’s commentary on the treatment of British orphans in the 1800s. Just kidding. It’s not being afraid to be yourself, for a long period of time.
Even if that seems uncomfortable. Not kidding. Just kidding. No I’m not. It’s about sandwiches. There are none in the video.”
So there you have it. The meaning of “Gold Purple Orange” and perhaps an insight into the meaning of life.
(also, Eric Andre reading a book about Lionel Richie is great.)
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Gold Purple Orange