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Frank Ocean Debuts 'Pyramids' Video With John Mayer Cameo

The clip, directed by Nabil, is set in Sin City.

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The music video for Frank Ocean's single "Pyramids" is set mainly in a Las Vegas strip club and features a cameo from John Mayer.

The buzzy, acclaimed R&B star debuted the clip following his pair of performances on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, where he sang "Thinking About You" as well as "Pyramids" (with Mayer on a guitar solo). Ocean released his debut solo album, Channel Orange, to rave reviews in July.

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The 8-minute "Pyramids" video -- directed by Nabil, who helmed Kanye West's "Mercy" and Bon Iver's "Holocene" -- beings with Ocean shooting at bottles of liquor in a bar and then taking off on a motorcyle into the desert. In another, not-suitable-for-work scene, he's shown watching strippers in Sin City; the song's lyrics tell two stories, one of Egyptian queen Cleopatra and the other of a stripper named Cleopatra who works at "the Pyramid." Mayer breaks out his guitar skills at around six minutes, riffing alongside a neon .... pyramid.

Watch the "Pyramids" footage here, via Vulture.