As was widely reported at the end of last week, Jamie Foxx released his new video for the song "Blame It," and the response in the blogosphere has been one of elation. He's Jamie Foxx, for one thing -- and that alone opens him up to an endless roster of Academy Award-winning actors, directors and producers. It's not often that someone with an Oscar collaborates with T-Pain, and Jamie Foxx has never been the humblest of people in this world -- and the video for "Blame It" proves this point to perfection. How else can an actor like Foxx get away with releasing a hip-hop album and making a video featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal and (of course) Ron Howard? All this and more -- plus the video itself -- follows after the jump.
The rundown of who is in the video is pretty impressive. The list of celebrities also includes Quincy Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, Cedric The Entertainer, Morris Chestnut, Clifton Powell, Alex Thomas, Tatyana Ali and Bill Bellamy. Yes, Jamie, we get it -- you have a lot of celebrity friends. But hey, if I were him and I knew half the famous people he did, I'd ask them to be in my video, especially if one of those friends just happened to play Opie on The Andy Griffith Show. Ron Howard doesn't exactly exude a hip-hop appeal, but he surprisingly fits in quite well in the video. Hell, he likes champagne as much as the rest of us, so he can raise his glass if he wants. For someone who starred in the very white Happy Days, Howard can still pull down a guest spot in a hip-hop video. No matter how many videos he appears in, I know I will always refer to Ron Howard as "Little Opie Cunningham" thanks to this hilarious skit from a 1982 episode of Saturday Night Live.
The video is chock full of silly hip-hop clichés, but then again, what mainstream hip-hop video these days isn't? Nice cars, expensive drinks, big sunglasses and pretty ladies -- with a fun red tint lighting effect -- all makes for a pretty run-of-the-mill video. Foxx knows this, however, so he tries his best to let his celebrity friends separate his video from the rest. Fearing that this may not even work, Foxx is quick to bring out the wildcard -- that's right, a guy in a giant panda head. When I see that panda head dancing around, I know I can take a deep breath and relax knowing that Foxx doesn't take himself that seriously. It shows me he likes to have fun with himself and with his music. "Blame It" is an insanely catching song with a simple -- yet cheesy -- chorus that I was thankful enough to be turned onto a while ago by a good friend. When I found out there was a video for the song, I was excited as anyone else who is a fan of Foxx's music, and the video does not disappoint.
So bask in the video's glory, raise a glass of Cristal and enjoy the cast of A-list celebrities. Of course we find out who it was wearing that panda head in the end, but I bet it was probably easy enough to figure out from the get-go. I am just thankful it wasn't other bear-enthusiast Kanye.
Bonus Afterthought: Is there a hidden meaning to the panda bear? I am starting to think the panda gives the video a very surreal quality -- a quality I may not be privvy to by just merely watching the vdeo.