SOHH Whatcha Think: "Jay-Z/Kanye VS. Common/Nas: Who Has The Better Video? [Click Here & Speak]
Friday, Aug 12, 2011 6:42AM
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
Our Question of the Day is simple: Which video were you feeling more and why?
Let's take a quick look at both these joints and see which one packs the biggest punch.
Common featuring Nas, "Ghetto Dreams"
Storyline: The video begins with Esco and Common together on a couch dozing off to a movie, which sets up what one can only describe as a "Ghetto Inception", as the pair enter another realm and share a dream in which the world is black, white and, well ... ghetto.
Also in this inception is Bria Myles, who walks around a tiny apartment in even tinier shorts as Common and Nas prowl her building hallway like a pair of would-be kidnappers, killing time by rapping to one another as they wait for Bria to step out her crib.
These are the things ghetto dreams are made of.
Bria cooks up some pancakes, and in true ghetto fashion, decides to skip a shower as she gets dressed for work. She apparently is oblivious to the fact that two men are waiting outside her door. Meanwhile, back in the hallway, Nas confirms our worst fears: Esco still thinks that dusty bucket hat from the "Made You Look" video is a good look.
Let it go Nas.
The video ends with Bria getting fully clothed and our heroes waking up before they ever learn her place of employment. But judging by skin tight dress suit, half-open button up and pleather handbag, my guess is that she's a video model on her way to play a flight attendant in the next Jay-Z video.
Speaking of Hov ...
Jay-Z & Kanye West, "Otis"
Storyline: Jay and 'Ye make their message clear in the first 20 seconds: We have more money than you. And just in case you think we don't, watch us take this perfectly good Maybach, chop it the f*ck up and turn it into some sh*t from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
Instead of grabbing the typical big booty chick from around the way, rap's superduo took a trip down to the mall and pulled a couple of Hollister sales associates away from work to be in a music video.
If the cops pull you over, everybody goin' ta jail.
Still, I'm glad to see Jay having fun again. This looks like the best time he's had shooting a video since "Big Pimpin'" back in the day. Hov traded in the stuffy suits for a relaxed t-shirt and jeans, as Kayne -- being Kayne -- couldn't help but to make sh*t uncomfortable by strutting behind Jigga in a pair of flesh tight red jeans.
Kanye just can't help himself, can he?
The video closes in grand fashion: Fire, flames, weird hand gestures and screaming. You know -- typical Illuminati sh*t. Kidding.
All jokes aside, as a fan of all four artists, I enjoyed both these videos. But if I had to make a choice, my favorite would be "Ghetto Dreams" simply because the song itself is a throwback to one of the greatest eras in rap music and the video, which features the gorgeous Bria Myles, has the type of raw energy one would expect from a song that packs so much power.
SOHH Watcha Think -- "Ghetto Dreams" or "Otis" which video is better?
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