Bruno Mars is just about the only person having an amazing last couple of months. He came into the year right after dropping his new album “24k Magic,” which is sitting comfortably atop the Billboard Charts currently with two singles in the Hot 100 and 2nd on the Top 200 albums. Back in October, he got to perform a dope set on SNL to promote the album drop. He also recently graced the stage at the 2017 Grammys not once, but twice getting to impersonate his idol, Prince. Not a bad way to start the year.
This week Bruno Mars announced he had something up his sleeves for us.
Just finished shootin it! I'm gonna edit it, take a bubble bath & then we party. Gimme 2 hours! Let the count down begin #TWILVIDEO
The day after Cardi B pleaded “not guilty” to the assault of two bartenders at a strip club in August 2018, she dropped her long-anticipated music video for summer banger “Press.” In the five hours since the video was published, it’s reached nearly 2 million views–a new record for the rapper.
Just last week, Cardi performed for a Los Angeles crowd to announce “I ain’t going to jail.” “Press” offers an entirely different narrative, all of which can only prove Cardi B’s artistry beyond a reasonable doubt.
The video opens with Cardi B heavy making out with a girl.
Of course, everyone has an opinion on this–ranging from it being a stance against homophobia to queerbaiting. All we know is that she uses the makeout for her opening shot and, well, okay.
Next thing we know, Cardi B is casually smoking a cigarette when she pulls out a gun.
After the make out session, the screen fades to black, then to a muscular man getting involved in the beginnings of a sex scene. The screen fades to black and we see Cardi looking like a chingona. Shots are fired. The screen fades to black.
We see crowds of Cardi B fans outside a courthouse with two black women acting as police officers.
This video does an excellent job of illustrating a dystopian reality where women are in charge. Fans are having discussions about the undertone of experiencing police uniforms instill a credible sense of safety in the viewer.
Once again, Cardi B is a fashion icon.
We see her get dragged into an interrogation room looking fly. Twitter user @BlasianMimi is worked up: “Cardi fucking ATE you hear me she did not come to play. The subliminal messages, the visuals, the fashion, the acting. Everything was perfect #PressMusicVideo”
Then, we see Cardi B completely naked with blood dripping down her arms.
This feels like a personal message to the women pressing charges against Cardi for allegedly throwing bottles at them.
“B****es in my business, they tryna plot (woo) Hoes poppin’ sh** like they hot but they not (no)”
In Cardi B’s directorial debut, we get to see her vision come to life.
That vision is an army of back up dancers and Cardi herself completely nude with their nipples and crotches blurred out–a recreation of Barbie dolls. In an Instagram post, Cardi thanks her team for making their crotches look “pleasant” because it was “really difficult” to make that happen in editing.
As she walks to court, she’s in all white from her hair to her eyebrows to her toes.
That vision is all Cardi B. She says she was very specific about getting that look, and fans have so many opinions about it. White is a symbol of innocence, but whiteness in a courtroom is a metaphor for invincibility.
Her entire legal team is made up of young women, mostly women of color.
Everyone is wearing the costume they’re meant to wear in the arena of life. Cardi B’s white outfit is meant to mean something to the judges.
But all the judges are old white men.
Sounds familiar right? One Twitter user was aghast, “14 white and old judges, wow.” Others retweeted that this was the U.S. Supreme Court in a nutshell.
There are white men everywhere screaming at Cardi B.
In the trial, all the people transcribing are young black women. All the people in power are white men.
“Done with the talkin’, I’m open to violence Ask anybody, they know I’m about it”
All the haters are white.
The people giving testimony against Cardi B are white men and women alike. Cardi’s all-white outfit doesn’t “pass” for the power as white skin. Cardi is sentenced to prison.
To be clear… she’s committing violent crimes all over the place.
We saw her shoot the gun during her threesome earlier on and now, her entire back up dance team are murdered on the ground. Everyone in the courtroom is bloodied, on the ground.
Cardi B is walked to her cell where she ends up drowning her cellmate in a toilet.
Why did she drown her cellmate? Cardi shared on Instagram that she “really wanted to drown somebody in the toilet and kill them ‘cause that’s just such terrible way to die.”
Of course, the haters are out there, but the Latino Bardi Gang has her back.
With over 3 million views in less than 7 hours and climbing, Cardi ‘s getting more press, whether she needs it or not. Congrats on your upcoming Emmy, girl.
You can watch the full music video below.
What do you think about Cardi B’s new music video?
There is one thing in music that is not up for debate: the Camilizer fandom is one of the strongest. No matter what the pop star is doing, her fans will always show up with full support on social media and irl. That fandom is making power moves again now that Cabello’s new collab “Señorita” with Shawn Mendes is out. In less than 24 hours, the video already had 14 million views.
Camila Cabello got her fandom ready with one tweet and it worked.
Cabello’s Twitter is a powerful tool. When she tweets, her millions of followers listen. It is clear that she has learned how to harness social media for the betterment of her career and it is paying off. Tbh, she kind of deserves the success she has garnered so far. Like, she skipped her quinces so she could audition for the X Factor and the rest is music history.
Cabello stans are here to tell you that “Señorita” is a song that is here to stay.
No one is surprised to hear that Cabello was able to put out a hit. She is proving herself as a powerful musician. We still can’t get “Havana” out of our heads and it has been out for two years.
Like, this is what the Camilizer fandom is doing the rest of the weekend with this song in the background.
Low key, a lot of people will be giving this song all of their streams this weekend. Who wouldn’t want to spend the next couple days bouncing to this song?
People are crying over the new song because they have been waiting for new music.
Take some deep breaths and relax. You don’t want to miss any of the music or video because you can’t see or hear over your own sobs. Is it even worth listening if you are crying so intensely?
Fans had theories about how the singers prepared for their intimate moments on screen.
Obviously, you wouldn’t want to have bad breath when you have to kiss someone over and over again. It is also kind of cute that Mendes was so concerned that he ate mints to make sure he had good breath for Cabello.
The video and the passion between the singers is reigniting speculation that they are secretly more than friends.
Some people might call it good acting and on-screen chemistry. Camilizers call it them sharing their truth while hiding behind the facade of music and the arts. Whichever it is, they know how to make a convincing couple on the screen.
Here is the full video for Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’s “Señorita.”
Congrats, you two. Seems like you really did the thing with this video.
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