May 17th, 2004

i'm ready for my close up mr demille


I've never been a huge fan of Sean Combs (aka Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy) but I've always had a healthy amount of respect for him. In interviews that are music related, it is apparent he has a very diverse knowledge of popular music. I think his strength lies in what he brings to music as a producer more so than is own music, which for the most part is derivative and panders to the masses.

I was sitting here watching MTV2 while surfing through my friends list and his old video "It' All About the Benjamins" came on. (Actually, thye semm to be doing a lot of Puffy related videos in a block at the moment). It's funny how something can be dismissed because you dislike it for reasons other than the reasons that should matter. As stated, I'm not a big fan of Combs' music, so at the time this video was current, I never paid much attention to it. Now it has the sheen of nostalgia emanating from it - stirring thoughts and memories from another time. I think for these reasons I took my eye from the computer screen and "watched" the video for the first time really.

It is a stunning video. The scenes where he and the featured vocalists are in the club/stage setting with the mic stand is an amazing segment of film editing. Not only is the (now) common practice of slowing down the film inspired, but the frame moves, like film slipping in a projector and warps and distors - all of which works with the garish lighting and colors.

I don't know why I felt the need to turn this into an LJ entry, though.

In a related note: anyone else think when the show Behind the Music That Sucks did Puff Daddy that their evaluation that he is famous because he is extrememly good at being in other people's videos and bobbing his head
is one of the funniest things that show ever did?