VIDEO REVIEW: Blood Orange “Better than Me”

Starting with a slam poem and full of choreographed dancing, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes may have figured out a great recipe for directing a captivating music video with his clip for “Better than Me.”

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“Better than Me” comes from Blood Orange’s latest album Freetown Sound, which dropped at the end of June.