B.o.B.’s year continues to get better. After having both his debut single and album hit number 1, B.o.B. continued to rise with his second single ‘Airplanes’. He is clearly sending out a message about the seriousness his artistry with his video for ‘Airplanes’. Being nominated for video of the year off a debut album is huge, and no one deserves it more than B.o.B.
Even though I can’t listen to the song for five years now because the radio played it so much that fact that it is an amazing song still needs to be mentioned. As I said in my review of the song, it captures both the emotion and relief of finally achieving success. To make the song more noteworthy the video needed to reflect both the drive and lust for success. The video also needed to incorporate two artist from two different genres of music without forced. The video not only did the song justice, but it enhanced it, making it more meaningful in the process.
The video could arguable be one 0f the most beautiful of the year. The way the lights were used created a collage-like affect to the screen. Many of the shots were contrasted between the colorful lights and dark figures. It could easily represent the emergence into the spotlight than one takes when becoming a celebrity. Thankfully they stayed away from anything about airplanes, which would have made the video idiotic and predictable. The focus on the stars, especially during the scene with Halley, created a beautiful tone that is often hard to capture in a video only 3 minutes long.
B.o.B. will should not walk home empty handed tonight, and if he does it will be a real crime. I am so thankful that rappers are starting to put time and energy into their videos. It’s an art from that is usually look at with distaste, and video like ‘Airplanes’ prove that when done right, a music video can be moving experience.
What do you think? Does the video reflect the song properly?