“Mirror” by, Lil Wayne ft. Bruno Mars is a single from the artist’s ninth studio album, The Carter IV. The video for the single, Mirror, stars a passionate Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars. The video was directed by Antoine Fuqua and was released in January of 2012.
The video is set in a muted studio outfitted with the props of a painter. The director begins by slowly filming across Wayne’s shirtless body to reveal his many unique and complex tattoos. As Wayne begins rapping, the director portrays him focusing intently on what he is painting. Bruno Mars sings an emotional chorus line amongst the artistic display of Lil Wayne. The video progresses into a demonstration of Wayne’s artistic expression as he continues to paint mysteriously with shades of red and black.
Bruno Mars continues to sing a moving chorus as we see Wayne display an explosion of art to the completion of the mysterious painting. The camera moves to the back of Lil Wayne exposing a painting of the rapper. In the mural, Wayne is crucified, holding a microphone and surrounded by two other images of himself. The two images are filled with emotion among the clouds and lightening. Bruno Mars ends the song with one last line as Wayne stares at the painting and the video comes to an end.
The song, Mirror, is an emotional expression of the personal image of Lil Wayne. The song presents the rappers successes and the chaos that is involved with such a life. Wayne effortlessly communicates his personal tribulations and attempts to stay true to himself amongst such fame and fortune. Mirror conveys the idea that success does not solve an individual’s problems, but instead can momentarily mask them. However, the individual always knows deep down the pain hidden inside, no matter what is used to feel such a void. Wayne goes on to talk about the personal self and how it is the only thing that allows the recognition of the truth within. Discovering this truth within will allow for self growth away from the unhealthy indulgences that masked the inner self to begin with. Lil Wayne looks into the mirror and finally sees his true self, a self that needs to change to reveal a truth without “smoke and mirrors”.