New Video: Lil Mama, 'L.I.F.E.'

Can we talk about the word "change" for a minute? Good. With all the politicians throwing it around like a pigskin on Thanksgiving, it might be a good for all of us to see a visual representation of what, exactly, that word means. Por example: the latest video from Lil Mama, a.k.a. The Voice of the Young People.

When you think Lil Mama, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Crazy bright clothes, poppin' lipgloss, maybe a grown-up baby outfit, and dancing? So much dancing. Usually she's all about all things youthful and carefree. A human jelly bracelet, if you will.

But now (brought on by the untimely death of her mother and her tumultuous upbringing), all that's changed in her new video, "L.I.F.E." Now it's all strife, teen pregnancy, crackheads and Heroes-style black eyeballs. Not exactly the soundtrack to a Sketchers commercial, but she's on point with the serious Mary J. Blige-sounding message. To be sure: Lil Mama's an all-growed-up mature woman. But hopefully her next video won't bring the dourness to Evanescence/ Flyleaf levels of bleakness.