This week we review the latest videos from a TDE mainstay, a Latin music megastar and a bluesy country rock collective.
SCHOOLBOY Q – MAN OF THE YEAR
With a release date for his next album Oxymoron set for next month, Schoolboy dropped this video on VEVO last week, garnering over 700,000 views on YouTube so far. How’s that for anticipation? Filled with sun and sea, sensual skin and what’s probably a whole lot of the stickiest of the icky, “Man Of The Year” is reminiscent of Mobb Deep’s 1999 video “It’s Mine” and J. Cole’s “Can’t Get Enough” from 2011. The song itself is trapped out and head noddinly catchy to go along with the luxurious, “Fantasy Island”, mannish atmosphere. Nothing groundbreaking, just a fun romp in the sand to get Schoolboy’s main demographic and the mainstream music press more amped for February 25.
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring MARCO ANTONIO SOLIS – EL PERDEDOR
The latest video from one of Latin music’s favorite sons is all kinds of elegant: a painfully attractive couple walking into a formal ball, a statuesque woman in a form fitting red dress, dancers adding to the mood of longing and regret: “El Perdedor” is a true visual treat, even if it is somewhat plastic and predictable. Adding to the intrigue is a sense of drama as Iglesias and Solis sing longingly to the main female protagonist. A video that oozes sensuality and passion from every inch of its being.
BLACKBERRY SMOKE – SHAKIN HANDS WITH THE HOLY GHOST
Just a bit of new age southern blues-rock from this Atlanta, GA-based band of rebels. Going totally against the grain of what much of today’s popular music is all about, Blackberry Smoke comes with a video that’s non-conceptual, uncomplicated and good-natured. Very simplistic and subtle, “Shakin’ Hands With The Holy Ghost” truly let’s the roaring, ripping guitars do most of the talking. Besides, longhaired men with electric guitars makes for a great combination most of the time anyway.