by Ore Fakorede
Not since the highly anticipated debut of D’ Banj’s ‘Fall In Love’ music video (which featured stunning screen siren Genevieve) has there been so much buzz surrounding the release of a four or five-minute motion picture clip in Nigeria. The original Mr. Endowed song was one of 2010’s surefire winners. With Don Jazzy at his finest, D’ Banj had very little work to do and his uninspired vocals and ad libs could as well have been a mere back-up to the uber-producer’s speaker-thumping instrumentals. Directed by Sesan Ogunro, the accompanying music video was a visually-appealing mix of slapstick, pseudo-special effects and goofing around- D’ Banj in a superhero costume, a Black Japanese man in a kimono and aerosol-induced butt-enlargement?! Vodka, anyone? Jokes apart, Sesan’s serious work on the video earned him two Nigerian Music Video Awards nominations in the ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best Director’ categories last year. Fast forward to the present.
Collaborations between Nigerian artistes and American music stars are rare but not unprecedented. Last year, Star Quest 2009 winners, The Pulse featured multi-platinum selling rapper Busta Rhymes on the remix of their hit single, ‘Sote’. Busta took the collaboration all the way by appearing in the Clarence Peters-directed video of the song (watch it here). Yet, nothing could have prepared the world for a D’ Banj-Snoop Dogg musical tag team with the sole purpose of blowing minds and eardrums alike. With the talented Sesan and Don Jazzy providing the creative energy and orchestrating the show, anything was possible.
Hearing a song for the first time as the soundtrack to a video is not the same as listening to the song by itself. The visual elements are an undeniable distraction that shift the mind’s attention from sounds to images. With both eyes tightly closed, the sounds of ‘Mr. Endowed Remix’ are drab when contrasted against the resplendence of the original. Don Jazzy’s fingerwork is muted and the resulting instrumentals, while unflawed, hardly pack a punch. Perhaps the idea was to provide a more accommodating ambience for Snoop Dogg’s soft vocal delivery. Yet, the ordinariness of the transposition did this remix more harm than good. Also strongly missed are D ‘Banj’s rapid-fire introductory ad libs and Don Jazzy’s serenading full-length intro verse on ‘Mr. Endowed’. Snoop Dogg makes up for some of that with a rap verse delivered in his typically laid-back style. Replete with tongue-in-cheek punchlines, the quality of the one-time Dr. Dre-protégé’s vocal presence is appreciable, if not memorable. D ‘Banj is undoubtedly the star of the song itself as he stamps his trademark vocals on the verses. With a highly evident improvement in songwriting, the Koko Master’s lyrics on this remix trump his watery lines of the original.
The video itself is abundantly endowed with eye candy. From the intuitively painted green and white Rolls Royce in which Don Jazzy and D’ Banj ride through the streets of Los Angeles to Snoop Dogg’s Nigerian ‘passport’ and the very hot Black ladies that keep popping-up everywhere in the sprawling kingly mansion in which most of scenes were shot, there’s enough going on in every frame to make the MAMAs look prosaic. And with Uncle Snoop contributing a red carpet show’s worth of wow factor, what could possibly go wrong? You’ll have to see for yourself.
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