WHAT’S GOOD! Corban back in the pilot seat for Straight To Video this week, as Tom Breihan’s at ActionFest, an event that sets the new record for “Most Tom Breihaniest Event Ever.” Thanks to a late-night influx of vids from the Cash Money camp last weekend, there were lots of contenders for the list this week. Some notables that got chopped include 2 Chainz The Warriors-shading “Riot” and a Cloud Nothings video that reminded me of one of my favorite Simpsons episodes, so, that’s how hard it was to crack the top 5 this week. Number one was never in doubt though, obviously. You’ll see. Let’s roll!
5. Feist – “Bittersweet Melodies” (Dir. Holle Singer)
Feist’s video for “Bittersweet Melodies” doesn’t feature Leslie at all, but rather leans heavily on photographer Irina Werner’s eerie/hypnotic/amazing photo series “Back To The Future.” A nice match.
4. 4MINUTE – “Volume Up” (Dir. ????)
The clip for “Volume Up” is yet another maximalist pop video out of Korea. The track is filled with huge sax lines, intricate dance numbers, a massive dancehall hook and vampire imagery. If you like any of those things, or maybe even just one of those things, I implore you to get lost in this one. It’s Friday the 13th, after all.
3. tUnE-yArDs – “My Country” (Dir. Mimi Cave)
Merrill Garbus cavorts with children in matching facepaint. tUnE-yArDs just began to make a lot more sense to me.
2. Nicki Minaj – “Beez In The Trap” (Feat. 2 Chainz) (Dir. Benny Boom)
One of the best tracks of 2012 (so far) gets a sense-blower-outer of a video to match, where the Roman Reloaded banger soundtracks a raucous club scene, starring Nicki behind some barbed wire obviously. Some particularly awkward 2 Chainz dancing-up-on-Nicki takes place — like you can’t relate to this? We’ve all been there — and at the end I feel like, I gotta say, pretty popped off.
1. Drake – “HYFR” (Feat. 2 Chainz) (Dir. Director X)
This video is so good that the backlash to it being so good was almost immediate, where people called it corny, not as good as it could/should have been, and derided Wayne for hanging out with Tyler too much (rightfully so. That outfit. The skateboard. That mask!) As the BasedGod taught us all earlier this week, nothing’s perfect: “I have no problem and no animosity because we’re in a beautiful place. Imperfections, duh, nothing is perfect, but this is beautiful right here. This moment. We gotta be happy about something.” Hell yeah, fucking right.