Video Hangover: Jay-Z – “Show Me What You Got”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, we break ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Show Me What You Got”
Jay-Z, 2006

Whose evil island is it, anyway?

Danica Patrick was sworn to secrecy
We’ve seen a lot of wacky music video pairings over the years, but Jay Z and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Ferrari F430 Spider has to be one of the strangest. Think these guys are tight, or was this as blatant a play for demographic crossover as it looks? Unfortunately for Junior it appears to be the latter, as evidenced by the notable shortage of slack-jawed white guys at the island party. You get the sense he’s still hanging out in the lobby of his hotel in Monaco in a tuxedo, waiting for Hova’s entourage to pick him up.

Evil and hot, that is
Is Jay-Z supposed to be the good guy or the bad guy? On one hand, he has access to fast cars and large boats. He’s also slick with the ladies, and good with a bluff. All hero traits. But islands are strictly for villains. Dr. Evil had an island, and so did Cobra. So whose island is it, then? Peter Coors? Nas? The big clue is his poker adversary, which confirm what we had always suspected: Jarah Mariano is the most evil Asian supermodel in the world.

“Now that ain’t Dick Clark!”
As many of you noted, Just Blaze cannibalized some well-worn samples to create this beat. A point against the song? Maybe. But despite its familiarity, “SMWYG” is pretty unstoppable (if a bit repetitive). Similarly, the video is made up of recycled imagery that manages to be more than the sum of its parts. It might not be the best thing we’ve ever seen, but given that it references Bond movies, NASCAR, Grand Theft Auto, Miami Vice, the World Poker Tour, and Patrick Dempsey, it’s more watchable than it has any right to be.

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