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Cinematic Self-Awareness… Watch LUKAH’s ‘Why Look Up, God’s In The Mirror’ Short Film

When I need a heavy dose of truth delivered smooth over thumping beats, I listen to South Memphis artist Lukah. We’ve covered his 2021 record Why Look Up, God’s In The Mirror a few times on these pages because he’s got the perfect balance of timeless sounds and timeless wisdom. Earlier this week he released a short film by the same name, and it has only made me love this sick album more. It’s a story of our inner gods and demons, our inner Jesus and Judas, and the contrast between the heaviness of earth and the light of the universe. At least, that’s what I see, but I think I’m going to have to watch it a few more times, because there’s a lot of nuance packed into the stunning cinematics of these 14 minutes. He just released a new record Raw Extractions and you can order it and stream it here. Right now, walk the path of Why Look Up, God’s In The Mirror with Lukah.

I’ve been through so much good and bad. So whenever I look in the mirror I remind self, you are the creator of your world and all that’s good in it, but you are also a curator of your own destruction. It’s a self-awareness or knowledge of self-statement or affirmation if you will.

It can be hard and scary to look at oneself and accept who and what you are. Despite the fear, the fact is, you are the ONE! You are god, you can make things work for self if you really put your mind to it. Mind and spirit is God.

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Directed by Joshua Cannon**
Director of Photography: Sam Leathers
Assistant Director: Nia Rincon
Produced by Tim “Lukah” Love Jr, Nia Rincon, Jeff Cannon, Jim Cannon, Nick Riley, Ross Devlin**
Creative Producer: Nate Packard
Casting Director: Tim “Lukah” Love Jr
Written by Joshua Cannon and Tim “Lukah” Love Jr
Production Design: Jeff Cannon, Mica Jordan
Titles by Mica Jordan
Grip Department: Justin Malone, Ryan McCrory
Makeup: Hannah Esgro
Wardrobe: Nate Packard
Production Assistants Will Box, Aaron “Guido” Lewis III, Andres Arauz
Vehicle Coordinator: Melinda Holmes, Jason Mitchell
Set Medic: Troy Holloway
Stunt person: Geoff Nixon
Body Burn Courtesy of Randy Bast, High Tech Special Effects
Edited by Barrett Kutas and Joshua Cannon
Sound Design by John Christman
Additional Scoring by Walz, SB11
Engineered by Logan “Hollow” Schmitz

Big salute and thank you to Studio One Four Three and the rest of the crew!

Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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