The new video which premiered on WorldStarHipHop.com
It looks like a poorly executed ploy to draw attention. Point blank. All these stars in the video, the ‘gangsta’ acting bits (though choppy hard-to-follow-storyline), and even the racy dancing COULD HAVE WORKED - had ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ not JUST come out. Had Keri Hilson not been marketed and ADORED for edgy yet sweet genuine demeanor. Had Rih and Bey and Ci not already cornered the sex-kitten-singers’ market.
It just didn’t fit. It didn’t seem quite right. When Ciara slid around on the floor talking about how well she rides it… Well that was expected because honestly, as Belle Woods said, what can she do better than simply dance? When Rihanna morphed from sunny island girl to a dark brooding 20-something badass, we expected it because we came to expect the unexpected from her. When Beyonce’s music videos became progressively more and only about her tight leotards and suggestive lyrics, it was cool because ‘Sasha Fierce’ had taken over and made her millions. These were/are their gimmicks. Their money-making talents, alter-egos, marketing. Cool. For them.
I’ve been a Keri Hilson supporter since I heard, “Turnin’ Me On.” I liked her girly-tomboy edge and her HAIR! Sure, she’s not the GREATEST singer but her writing talent and her whole houndstoothed-up brand is intriguing and lovable.
I wish I hadn’t read anyone else’s opinions on this new video before I sat down to write this blog because now it’s a bit harder for me to remember my original thoughts. All I can think of are things I’ve read by others that I SO agree with. Sister Toldja mentioned how “desperate” and “thirsty” this video and some of Ms. Hilson’s recent covers have made her look. Regrettably, I have to agree. I think being a supporter of anyone doesn’t mean that you support everything that they do. I love Miss Keri Baby but this new video was…. very shocking to watch the first time. And being a fan, I really truly was looking for things to love about it. I thought she danced her behind off? Her makeup and hair were on point?
But…undeniably there are more things wrong than right. I get it, she is being musically expressive. If parents don’t like it, that’s their business. But goodness, Keri…. (and this begins my personal plea to Keri)
You just paid homage to all these amazing Black women who’ve paved the way for you and did so TASTEFULLY. Bidding girls everywhere to love themselves and see their own worth and beauty. Then, you morph - seemingly overnight - into a back alley harlot trumpeting the idea that your good p*ssy keeps your man at home? Really?
You had your own unique lane. It was working for you. You didn’t have to try to compete with Bey and Rih and Ci because you were DOING IT. YOUR OWN WAY. But now, you’ve embarrassed yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. Let’s just hope that this isn’t so bad that your career can’t recover to its former “Knock You Down” status. You’re a star. You’ve got wings. Don’t CHOOSE a ‘crawl’ mentality because that’s what the rest of ‘em did. At least we respected you.