The Black Eyed Peas – Karma

Hooded skull, for The Black Eyed Peas Karma, script by Rico Lamoureux of The Flash Fiction Ponder.

 

 

Hooded skull, for The Black Eyed Peas Karma, script by Rico Lamoureux of The Flash Fiction Ponder.

Karma

Music Video Concept/Script

by

Rico Lamoureux

Song

By

The Black Eyed Peas

All Rights Reserved

 

FADE IN:

EXT. THE PROJECTS – DAY

A couple of little kids play in the front yard of a home…

Extreme Close-Up, the gold rimmed wheel of a gangsta’s ride peels out on pavement…

The car’s grill heads straight towards camera…

The barrel of a gun sticks out a side window and fires…

A black man comes rushing out of the house in mid screen…

Followed by others as he runs to his child, who lies in blood on the front lawn…

Father looks into the shiny eyes of his dying young son…

Push in on eyes and the images which take shape…

One right after another the father is shown out on the streets killin’ fellow thugs…

All children to someone as grieving mothers hold their bloodied sons for the last time…

BACK TO PRESENT-DAY

Revelation has come too late for this parent as his causes has produced this effect.

LYRICS

Yeah yeah

Watch out

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running from

INT. BLACK SPACE

Apl, lit from above, turns to camera…

LYRICS

(Apl Rapping)

I’m the caboose of the wrongdoings you produce

The wild tale of the tornado running loose

You tie the noose

I kicked the chair

I’m the cyanide

that snatch your life why you gasp for air

The echo of the “fuck you”

that boomerangs to hurt your loved ones

The thief that took your son

held by ransom

The pervert that raped your wife

The hand that held the knife that took your life

You shot Tupac and Biggie

now I’m coming after you like V– W – X – Y – Z

This is cause-and-effect

The domino effect

The “what goes up must come down” effect

You’re hopin’ though

that you had a hand in doin’ the doin’

The conclusion of the evil

you ended and started pursuing

INT. STUDIO APARTMENT – NIGHT

TV SCREEN…

Home video of a middle-aged man taking a seat on a bed next to a little girl.

We pan from TV to the one watching it in darkness…

It’s the same guy is in the video, getting really excited from his dirty deeds…

With no warning police BUST IN behind flashlights and gun barrels…

And the pedophile is thrown to the floor and cuffed.

LYRICS

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

INT. BLACK SPACE – CONTINUOUS

Lit from below as he rises from bottom frame Taboo RAPS to camera…

LYRICS

(Taboo Rappin’)

This is the payback from the past

you threw me down like I was just a piece of trash

You gave me cash every week just enough to live

but didn’t get what I deserved instead I was deceived

Still young and didn’t know about this in the street

of the acts

so crass and shady

Don’t crush your dream

show and your whole entity

subliminally you’re on the higher form of slavery

Remember that “what goes around comes around”

God is watching you and everything that you do

Do you remember everything that you did before

the way the bad action opens cosmic door

I’m a leave it up to God what he got for you

I’m a leave it up to him what he got for me

and he’s watching you

INT. PRISON – DAY

From the back of a prison inmate we fall back and out of an empty bathroom as he mops it…

And come to rest as a prison guard is brought into frame stationed outside.

A few prisoners approach, and that’s his cue to abandon his position and just walk away…

The prisoners step into the bathroom and head for the lone inmate.

And as they rush him he tries to turn and run away, stopped in his tracks just as his face is brought into Extreme Close-Up, revealing it’s the pedophile. (Slo-Mo)

LYRICS

Yeah yeah

Watch out

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

INT. BLACK SPACE – CONTINUOUS

Camera does slow 180 on Apl in foreground and with the rest of the Peas in background, all individually lit by overhead light.

LYRICS

(The Peas)

Yeah yeah

You can’t run away

(no no no)

It’s gonna get ya

(yeah yeah

yeah yeah)

Don’t ignore it

(no no no)

It’s gonna get ya

(yeah yeah

yeah yeah)

You can’t run away

(no no no)

It’s gonna get ya

(yeah yeah

yeah yeah)

Don’t ignore it

(no no no)

It’s gonna get ya

(yeah yeah

yeah yeah)

INT. HOUSE PARTY – NIGHT

We pan over a bunch of young people who are passed out and spread out all about…

And come to the last few conscious ones, a girl and five guys…

The girl, so out of it she’s about to join the ‘passed out club’, laughs about it as if it were cool while guys around her get ready to strike…

INT. HALLWAY – MOMENTS LATER

The guys give the girl helping support to the bathroom but want to go beyond the norm as they get her there, as  she tries to shut the door behind her…

All of a sudden they all rush in…

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BATHROOM – DAY

Alone in her own bathroom the girl looks like she’s going to be sick…

And we pan/tilt down to find out why…

The pregnancy test she holds reads positive.

LYRICS

‘Cause one way or another

it’s gonna find ya

It’s gonna get ya get ya get ya get ya

One way or another

It’s gonna find ya

It’s gonna get ya get ya get ya get ya

One way or another

It’s gonna find ya

It’s gonna get ya get ya get ya get ya

One way or another

it’s gonna find ya

It’s gonna get ya get ya get ya get ya

INT. BLACK SPACE – CONTINUOUS

Extreme Close-Up, Apl…

LYRICS

(Apl)

Yeah yeah

Nigga

Pan towards the surrounding darkness…

And find the heads of the Peas bobbin’… (Constant slow-moving camera)

LYRICS

(The Peas)

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

MONTAGE – DIFFERENT HOUSE PARTIES/DIFFERENT VICTIMS

The five guys who took advantage of the previous girl continue their easy scoring by hoppin’ from house party to house party and workin’ their way from intoxicated girl to intoxicated girl…

LYRICS

Can’t run away

(no no no)

It’s gonna get ya

(yeah yeah

yeah yeah)

Don’t ignore it

(no no no)

It’s gonna get ya

(yeah yeah

yeah yeah)

You can’t run away

(no no no)

It’s gonna get ya

(yeah yeah

yeah yeah)

Don’t ignore it

(no no no)

It’s gonna get ya

(yeah yeah

yeah yeah)

END MONTAGE

And we now CrossCut between the bobbin’ heads of the Peas and the five guys finding out one by one that they have AIDS…

Each going into a rapid state of decay until they are bones which dissolve…

LYRICS

(Peas Rappin’)

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

Ain’t no running from

Karma

Ain’t no running

Yeah yeah

Good God

Last pan away from the Peas and within the darkness we come upon an Extreme Close-Up of a hooded skull looking to camera…

LYRICS

(Skull)

Sucka

FADE OUT:

Join the conversation, what’s your favorite Black Eyed Peas song?

Mine is Shut Up.

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