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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // March 26, 2020
Reggie Becton has always been an exceptionally creative individual, but his R&B sound is completely out of this world. Widely praised for his unfiltered honesty, Becton prides himself on connecting with his listeners through vulnerability and authenticity. The Maryland-bred storyteller left us stunned with his latest EP, My Beanie’s Orange, and now he’s back for more with his cinematic depiction of “Y.O.U.”
Inspired by Netflix’s dramatic romantic-thriller series, You, the “Y.O.U” visual has Becton portraying a victim of unrequited love as he becomes a demented psychopath. Although the “Y.O.U” video may seem like a carbon copy of the hit show, Becton suggests that viewers should consider it an opportunity to analyze the notion that black artists have limited creative freedom. Directed by Fred Leach and shot by Moy, the saturated masterpiece is as much of a cinematic experience as it is a cultural statement.
On the “Y.O.U” visual, Reggie Becton shared,
“When coming up with the treatment for this, we spent hours on hours just talking through would it even be ok or well-received to create such a visual. We are forced to be more cautious when playing characters of extremities because that has been perpetuated so much in the media.”