I saw this on a friend's Facebook page and went ... wait? What? The video, featuring a quartet of rappers doing a version of Drake's hit "Fancy" popped up on YouTube Sept. 9th, just in time for the DC mayoral election. Produced and paid for by THE CONNOISSEURS, with music arranged and produced by Press Play Studios, the video is in support of current DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. This video seems ... well, very different from how Fenty has presented himself. He's not in the video which features just your standard rappers profiling kind of stuff intersected with shots from around the city. It's quite well done and a great looking video. But it almost seems kind of foreign to hear a rap song done in tribute to him featuring school kids and adoring young folks.
Right now, Fenty is in mad rush for votes as there is a very "Anyone But Fenty" attitude in the streets among disgruntled voters. In this version of "Fancy," the chorus sings "Oh you, Fenty, huh?" instead of "Oh you fancy, huh?" and I'm thinking, how is this supposed to appeal to my 60-some-odd year old landlady who's voting for Gray? She doesn't know (or care) who Drake is. Also? Also, while this video is pretty slickly done, (someone got themselves some Final Cut Pro action!) it's kind of last minute. Reports have Fenty trailing D.C. Chairman Vince Gray in the polls at 38 to 45 percent. The Democratic primary (which IS the mayor's race in D.C. There is no Republican opposition) happens on Sept. 14th. Still, I guess some effort is better than none. Right now the video is at around 259 views.