Friday, July 23, 2010

T.I.- Got Your Back ft. Keri Hilson

Here is the link to T.I.’s Got Your Back Music Video:
T.I. and Keri Hilson collaborate to tell the tale of significant others that have each other’s backs. There are a couple of couples in the video and you get to see that they stick with each other through highs and lows. Simply stated this video is about unconditional love, and letting your significant other know you appreciate them being so supportive. Chris Robinson directed the Got Your Back music video.
3 Pros
  1. T.I. and Keri Hilson complement each other in multiple ways.
  2. You get to see a few couples in this video.
  3. The mother of T.I.’s significant other Tameka “Tiny” Cottle showed that she had T.I.’s back by making a cameo in the music video.
3 Cons
  1. The backgrounds behind Keri and T.I. were too simplistic.
  2. Keri Hilson’s jewelry did not impress me at all.
  3. You get to see that Keri and T.I. are essentially on either side of a wall prop with, and Chris Robinson could have used some video effects instead.

Monica- Love All Over Me (With America's Ending)

Here is the Link to Monica’s Updated Love All Over Me Music Video:
So, I’m not going to waste everyone’s time by re-reviewing the Love All Over Me Video. Yet, I wanted to update y’all by telling you that the world shoes the end of the video, and now the new version is available. I don’t want to spoil the ending, so I am just going to say Monica looked beautiful in her dress and happy with her husband. Warning: Don't read the video comments, like I foolishly did, unless you want the end to be spoiled for you!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Joell Ortiz - We Don't Believe You Ft. Joe Budden & Novel

Here is the link to Joell Ortiz’s We Don’t Believe You Music Video:

This music video is the platform for Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, and Novel to tell other people they need to see the things they talk about because they don’t take anyone’s word for truth. So, if you are trying to prove something to the aforementioned artist make sure you back your words up with your actions. The video was directed by Rick Cordero.

3 Pros
  1. There underrated artist are showcased together.
  2. As a person that listens to Joell Ortiz I felt this video displayed him well.
  3. You get to see the artists without much glitz and glamor. 

3 Cons
  1. For people that don’t know the artists it can be hard to decipher which artist is which.
  2. We Don’t Believe You looks low budget.
  3. The video looks like a vintage recording because lines run through it. 

Rick Ross- B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast) ft. Styles P

Here is the link to Rick Ross’s B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast) Music Video:

Rick Ross’ B.M.F. music video basically can be summed up as telling the story of a drug dealer that feels as if he is drug kingpin, Bigh Meech, and the innovator of a gang, Larry Hoover. The video was directed by Maybach Films and Parris. Just so you are forewarned: this song and video might release your inner thug.      

3 Pros
  1. The video upholds Rick Ross’ thug persona.
  2. The special effects in this video were good, and better than I expected.
  3. A number of regular people are in the video.

3 Cons
  1.  The video showcases negative stereotypes about black people.
  2. Rick Ross was a little too happy to be in the barbershop, that didn’t seem genuine in the least bit.
  3. A few lyrics were censored, and I think Rick Ross could have made replacement words for the video since he knew it was going to be edited. 

Ne-Yo: Beautiful Monster

Here is the link to Ne-Yo’s Beautiful Monster Music Video:

Ne-Yo’s Beautiful Monster is the sequel to Champagne Life. Now we see the super hero after he has finished living the champagne life for the night. He seems to be extremely drunk and he reminds me of Will Smith in the movie Hancock. We now get to meet the beautiful monster, or young lady that caused Ne-Yo to break the third rule set forth by Columbus Short, which was to abstain from falling in love.  The video was directed by Wayne Isham and Ne-Yo.

3 Pros
  1. The scenes in the club where people were frozen kept me interested.   
  2. The special effects in this video were good, and better than I expected.
  3. The choreographed dance scenes were well executed.

3 Cons
  1. The way the super heroes’ eyes look are kind of creepy.  
  2. The fight scenes were not as noteworthy as they should have been.  
  3. Ne-Yo’s character reminded me of Hancock too much. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ne-Yo: Champagne Life

Here is the link to Ne-Yo’s Champagne Life Music Video:

Ne-Yo’s Champagne Life music video tells of good times that Ne-Yo and his two friends have since they gained super powers from Columbus Short. The three friends rule the earth as long as they don’t break three rules Columbus Short has set out for them. There is an interview at the end of this video, but I can’t find that version online. The video was directed by Wayne Isham and Ne-Yo.

3 Pros
  1. The music video is a mini-film.
  2. Ne-Yo’s actions make headlines as soon as he does something which is similar to how media treat celebrities nowadays.
  3. The music video has a fun-loving atmosphere for the most part.
3 Cons
  1. This version of the video was more concerned with the friends having a champagne life rather than giving us the plot of this part of the story.
  2. The choreography was lackluster especially since Ne-Yo is a good dancer.
  3. The music video would probably make more sense if people could find the extended verison online.

Eminem- Not Afraid

Here is the link to Eminem’s Not Afraid Music Video:

Eminem’s not afraid video addresses his fears, and he proclaims he is not afraid and will get over his problems. He acknowledges his faults. Yet, he doesn’t completely know himself which is suggested from the distorted images he sees of himself. Eminem literally breaks out of his cage to put his life back in order, and just when he feels he is about to hit rock bottom he gains super powers. Not Afraid was directed by Rich Lee.

3 Pros
  1. Not Afraid was suspenseful because you never know what to expect from Eminem.
  2. I felt Eminem’s pain and I was right there with him getting over it.
  3. Eminem saw himself distorted when he looked in the mirror. 

3 Cons
  1. Some of the symbolism might be a little too deep for some people to catch.
  2. I thought the super powers were very cliché.
  3. There were a lot of themes for one video.