On Tuesday, a one-minute trailer for the film was released, showing Keem, née Hykeem Carter, in surreal landscapes with a love interest played by Amandla Stenberg, while Ja’nai Paye, Francis Lovehall, and Séréna Sy also appear in the visual. Written by the Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free-founded pgLang, Savannah Setten serves as director, and she's been the genius behind the music videos for Keem's "No Sense" and Nas' "Rare."
"Keem’s internal battle leads us through fragments of memory and temptation as he navigates the depths of The Melodic Blue," reads the film's synopsis.
When asked about his connection to cinematography in an interview with Grammy.com last year, Keem admitted that he was interested in filmmaking before music.
"That was actually my first thing that I wanted to do before I started making music. I wanted to act, and I have an eye for visuals that I really like," he said. "Of course, my tastes have grown over the years. It's just keep moving forward, pushing the narrative. People don't expect artists to have these type of videos, so I just try to stay ahead and do that."
The album version of The Melodic Blue earned Keem his first Grammy Award in 2022 in the Best Rap Performance category for "Family Ties" featuring Kendrick Lamar.