I haven’t reviewed a music video lately, and I can’t believe I overlooked this one.
When I was little I watched The Fresh Prince of Bel Air religiously. I grew up watching Will getting into trouble, Carlton bailing him out and Hilary asking daddy for money. The opening sequence to the show has become one of the most prominent icons representing the 90s. Tackling such a premise can get ugly, but Polaris Prize nominated Shad did a really great job with this one. The video is essentially a take by take remake of the Fresh Prince opener. He gets into the cab, plays basketball, gets caught creating some graffiti, it’s all there! Don’t forget to read the names for the credits, they’re fun little puns/lines from the lyrics. There’s even a nice shout out to mine and Shad’s hometown, London (instead of Bel Air’s Hollywood). It doesn’t hurt that Shad’s got this great like-ability to him. My favourite is most definitely the end. “Just vibe with it”.
|Match for the Music:||8/10|
|Points for Re-Staging a 90’s icon:||5/5|
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