Yung Jake doesn’t want to break the Internet. But sometimes it feels like he’s trying to.
He released a mind-melting, awe-inspiring interactive HTML5 music video in 2012 called “E.m-bed.de/d.” The video uses pop-up windows to take over your screen, aping the look and feel of a normal browser viewing YouTube, with insane reactions generated at random, based on line-cursor placement. If you’re having trouble imagining what the video looks like, well, don’t feel bad, because E.m-bed.de/d is almost impossible to explain.
In fact, that’s kind of the point.
LA Weekly said that the video “satirizes viral culture.” That description makes sense, but is lacking both in intent and perspective. Yung Jake wasn’t trying to make a statement about the Internet with E.m-bed.de/d, he was just playing with the Internet, he was using the Internet as a pallet, he was doing something that we’ve never seen before.
“I think it’s not like anything people have seen before,” Jake said. “I think the point in making it is showing people you don’t have to do things in a normal way.”