Cool New Music Video: "Hey Mama" by David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Afrojack, Bebe Rexha

Posted by Caleb Jackson on June 11, 2015 in Cool New Music Videos

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The video for the new David Guetta track “Hey Mama” is a ton of fun, and incorporates more than the average video. It’s definitely got the cameos of David and Nicki Minaj, but it’s also got some sci-fi narrative and epic eye candy thrown in to get the attention of the less-easily enchanted. It really couldn’t have come at a better time, either, with the recent box office blowout of Mad Max: Fury Road; this vid definitely has the same road movie feel, and makes a vast desert landscape feel like a dance party.

The scale of this project is pretty wide - toying around with a lot of production design and costume elements from fur bikini clad models dancing in upright bathtubs, to a Burning Man-style convoy roaring through the desert. The narrative is actually pretty cohesive, and NIcki Minaj functions as a genie summoned by David Guetta! The cinematography is also really epic and fun - working with such a vast space and moving clouds makes the camera movement and wide angles increasingly stunning. I also have to drop a line for the background performers - they really made this video, and I can only imagine the increased pressure to perform out in the desert heat. They’re hanging off the truck, doing crazy flips, and just making for a crazy, other worldly environment.

Director Hannah Lux Davis has been working solid as a music video director for the last 5 years or so, and has definitely made a name for herself working with the biggest artists, but still enduring as a multi-faceted director, also doing commercials, and mostly cutting her own projects. Her style has taken a few forms, working with pop, rap, and rock artists. I've watched a lot of her stuff, and it blends a few different styles. She’s experimented a lot with mansions, pool parties and the like, but this new on-location desert shoot has a great cinematic feel. However, you can see how this has the same kind of fun party vibes as her other Paris Hilton and Mike WILL Made It vids. This one felt like a new level, and I hope she is able to incorporate the same kind of cinematic ambition in future projects. It seems like this year is doing well for her as her new video for Snoop Dogg is pretty visual effects heavy as well.

Caleb Jackson is a Tucson native, Los Angeles based writer and director who spends his time pretending he lives in any decade besides this one. He tends to enjoy music videos with a little bit of narrative and a lot of bright colorful lights.

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