Ever get torn between two video concepts for one song? Well, if you're Rihanna and Drake you just make both videos and place them back-to-back, like it's a two-for-one special. Part 1 is directed by Director X and takes place at a sultry Jamaican hotspot called The Real Jerk (pun probably intended). Part 2 is the more revealing (pun very much intended) clip, with director Tim Erem capturing the two getting cozy under a pink light.
Director X gets back to doing that geometric thing — see his Sean Paul "Gimme The Light" breakthrough for a good reference — while hotline girls strut their silhouetted stuff and Drake dances like he just don't give a damn.
Iggy Azalea seems not very disappointed that her attempt at jailbreaking her man has been foiled by the cops — likely because the chief law enforcement agent is Jennifer Hudson, who's clearly more interested in laying vocals on this cut than putting the cuffs on anyone.
Can Iggy Azaela do for Kill Bill what they did for Clueless? Hell, yes. Basically presented as a diner daydream where Waitress Iggy wishes her knife was a Katana — the better to chop down loudmouth actor Michael Madsen, who was in Kill Bill and other Tarantino flicks — "Black Widow" is a sexy and slick kung-fu adventure with Rita Ora and Iggy kicking ass and getting revenge.
Sometimes things come full circle... Iggy Azalea first got her shot when T.I. ushered in her first mixtapes, adding a seal of approval to "Murda Bizness" and other early tracks. Now Iggy has two songs lodged at the top of the Pop charts and returns the solid by guesting on this new T.I. video. Shot on-location in Brazil, where the rappers add some high-fashion gloss to the Favelas while riding the DJ Mustard beat — interspersed with an even glossier Blurred Linesesque performance bit.
What, you're not familiar with the saying, "A hat in your life takes you to paradise?" Well, nevermind, since the b&w intro quickly flips to a pink performance piece with Jessie J and Robin Thicke adding starpower to master mixer DJ Cassidy.
Busta Rhymes first got mass mainstream exposure via the A Tribe Called Quest collabo clip "Scenario," so it's fitting that this comeback video borrows that structure and Tribe's main man Q-Tip, — plus Lil Wayne and Kanye West (aka: respect) — while keeping the straight from '92 lofi vibe.
We open on the legendary Royal Willie Studios for some classic and classy soul sounds. And then we see those suave cats outside the studio, surrounded by the rougher reality of modern Memphis. "Cruel Intentions" tales several sharp turns like that — including a comedic break with two of Drake's cohorts doing "bizness" with Memphis rap titans Project Pat and Juicy J — but each one adds to the overall vibe of this 10 minute workout.
And, ps: The moustache man in the first part of the video? That's Drake's dad.
The-Dream is not down with foreplay. He will, however, find the time for a foursome. And, no, I don't mean golf.
Director X lets the camera sweep over the stunning architecture of Pomona, CA's Diamond Ranch High School it's alien terrain, populated by three women who strut and pose and eventually go for a ride with the laidback Dream.