Spike Lee has just put out the visuals for Kelly Rowland's "The Game," as a part of the Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game series. The album and accompanying videos will celebrate the game of soccer in honor of the upcoming World Cup in Rio. The director calls the 4-minute film Pixote's Game. Lee told Rolling Stone the name Pixote is a tribute to the late actor Fernando Ramos da Silva, who played Pixote in the Hector Babenco's 1980 film of the same name.
Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game will feature musical and directorial appearances by Janelle Monáe, Rita Ora, Timbaland, Don Omar, Santigold, and Idris Elba. It is scheduled to be released on June 9th internationally and June 10th in the U.S.A., and you can currently pre-order it on iTunes. Last week we got the visuals for "Heroes," a Janelle Monáe cover of the David Bowie classic.
The video was filmed in Brazil and, of course, features a lot of soccer, or rather, fùtbol. The video follows a young boy named Luis Eduardo Matos, who gets a soccer ball and a Brazilian national team jersey (That says Pixote on the back) as a present. The boy goes on adventures throughout Brazil losing and finding his ball. The video is quite intricate, as we would expect from a Spike Lee joint.
The 20th World Cup kicked off today at 4 PM EST with Brazil facing Croatia.