When you have a video with dancer Anthony Lee and singer/actress Arden Cho, it’d be reasonable to expect a musical collaboration of some sort. But this time both decided to flex their acting chops in this new short from Wong Fu. Anyone who’s been in a relationship can likely relate to this one. Pride’s a beezy, no? It’s good we can laugh about it though.
Hello, dear friends! We skipped a couple weeks but we’re back with the mini-review round-up and this one is a little heftier than normal. We are playing catch-up after all! But we’re bringing you nearly a dozen new music videos along with some brief commentary which you’re more than welcome to agree or disagree with and voice your own opinion! Enjoy.
DANakaDAN x Priska – “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow”
I wasn’t quite sure whether to peg this as a remix or an original that samples/borrows heavily from Rihanna’s “Stay”. I’ve opted to lean towards the latter – not that it matters though because either way this is a strong collaboration between Dan & Priska. Dan has always had an unconventional flow that is better suited to different genres of music other than straight Hip-Hop. So he definitely played to his strengths with this one – plus it’s set against an emotionally charged video that is pretty well made.
G.R.L. Featuring for Pitbull – “Wild Wild Love”
Even though Pitbull has been impossible to escape in Top 40 music the past couple years, this is one case I actually don’t mind too much. First and foremost, it has a lot to do with Emmalyn and her group, G.R.L., being prominent guest features on the track video. Secondly, it’s kind of a catchy song – and not in an annoying way. Video is standard Pop fare but everyone’s looking sharp.
AJ Rafael – “Matchmaker”
AJ & company make great use of a space to bring distinctly unique feels to this music video. It’s a fun watch set to the Pop/Rock tune and though it may not be as lavish as some of his other work – it gets the job done nicely. It almost reminded me of classic footage from American Bandstand from decades ago.
Kina Grannis & Friends – “Dear River”
Kina’s next project, Elements, ain’t too far away and with promotions ramping up we have this lyric video for “Dear River”. But what’s especially notable is the number of special cameos who help bring a little extra fun to the festivities. Ryan Higa, Kevjumba, Wong Fu, Sam Tsui, David Choi, Marie Digby, and Clara C all make appearances – and that’s just to name a few. I’m definitely looking forward to the album.
Battling has always been a mainstay of Hip-Hop dance culture, but I can pretty much guarantee you’ve never seen it presented quite like this. Mike Song, an admitted Final Fantasy fanatic, has taken his love for the RPG series and used his passion for dance to pay a stylized homage combining the two. He enlisted the help of a few friends, mainly from Quest Crew and his Kinjaz brethren, along with some very talented video folks to bring this project to fruition and make it a reality. It’s an impressive and entertaining watch, through and through.
f I had the budget to make an entire dance movie… it would probably look a little something like this. In lieu of the new Final Fantasy releases, I wanted to create another video in the spirit of the Final Fantasy franchise. What started off as nothing but a simple “fantasy” (ha…ha…), transformed into an entire production. This is the first time I’ve tried to organize something with this many heavy hitters involved. It was definitely a learning process, but I am so grateful to have been able to collaborate with so many talented individuals on so many different levels. This would not have been possible without every single person who was involved with this project.
Secret Assassins: Ellen Kim, Jazmyne Jenkins, Megan Batoon, Happy Chad
Kinjaz: Anthony Lee, Justin Valles, Michael Fallorina, Michael Lor, Mike Song, Steven Lor
Quest: Aris Paracuelles, Hokuto Konishi, Jolee, Ryan Conferido, Steve Terada
The other big web-series that we’ve been following the past month is DANakaDAN’s amazing story in reconnecting with his birth family. It is now the 6th episode of the show and we pick back up with his experiences around Seoul and Geoje Island, the place of his birth. In case you need to catch up, you can watch all the prior episodes, here. Trust me, it’s been worth the watch.
After getting a chance to let loose in Seoul, participating in a race around the city along with a night out at one of the hottest clubs, Dan finally visits Geoje Island, the place he was born. Dan gets a chance to see what his life could have been as he discovers the island with his family.
Now at episode numero 6, we are approaching the end of the Alpha Girls webseries. We’ve followed their adventures over the course of the past month and change and continue to get an idea of what life is like in their shoes – whether be spinning at a club, walking down runways, being a lifestyle artist or running a small fashion empire. Don’t miss out.
We’re nearing the beginning of the end as the Alpha Girls move on to new ventures. Watch as Soo Joo, Mina, Miss Lawn & TOKiMONSTA get the job done and rewind in new environments.
In this episode:
Soo Joo networks at Vogue/H&M’s Fashion Night Out
Toki kills it in Korea and says goodbye to her new friends
Mina leaves Vegas and meets up with Ben Baller in LA
Lanie parties with The Hundreds up in Hollywood
See that picture above? That’s Emmalyn Estrada doing her thing as a supporting artist (as a part of G.R.L.) for Pitbull as they perform his new single “Wild Wild Love” on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Personally, I’m not exactly a gigantic Pitbull fan, as his music has gotten repetitive and overplayed but this song ain’t half bad. I’m sure this was a huge moment for Emmalyn and the rest of the group, and we’re happy to see them making moves.
International film releases are always kind of an interesting affair, especially in terms of release dates. While this film apparently dropped in parts of Europe and Asia last fall, it will see it’s South Korean and US debut in a couple weeks on the 17th and 18th of April respectively. The movie in question is Make Your Move, a dance film featuring the KPOP superstar, BoA, along with DWTS alum, Derek Hough.
Interestingly enough, it appears BoA’s character is of Japanese descent and the entire production looks reminiscent of Step Up, Honey, and Save the Last Dance. Oh, and apparently the black guy from City Guys is still acting.
You know how Youtube plays ads prior to many videos now? A lot of the ads are kind of annoying or sometimes hilariously irrelevant but this new spot from Doritos caught my attention. A couple weeks ago, the big festival known as SXSW wrapped up and Doritos had started playing a recap video/campaign ad on Youtube. Normally, this wouldn’t really catch my attention but once I heard the soundtrack, my ears immediately perked up.
That’s right, “The Illest” by Far East Movement is the song behind the clip, and although you don’t hear any real vocals, it’s a welcome sound to hear them slowly make their way back into the mass public consciousness, years after “Like a G6” blew up.
Well, it’s been a couple years since Jessica Sanchez‘s run on American Idol, but she definitely hasn’t been forgotten. J. Lo decided to bring back a few American Idol alum (Jessica Sanchez, Pia Toscano, Allison Iraheta) to help perform and promote her newest single, “I Luh Ya Papi”. They didn’t have major parts but it was still a fun event to witness them, especially Jess, back on that stage.
But before we get to that, you should check out this recap of what Jess and the others have been up to since we last heard from them. She seems to be in good spirits and more determined than ever, after the less than overwhelming sales of her debut album.
We missed the post last week and are consolidating the two episodes of DANakaDAN‘s incredible adoption story web series. Episodes 4 & 5 are very different in tone and content but are both recommended watches. I’ve said it before, but I’m more than intrigued that we get to witness this journey. And in case you need to catch up, check out the prior episodes, here.
Dan has the opportunity to visit his adoption agency, Eastern Social Welfare, where he meets his foster mother, the woman who took care of him when he was a baby.
In this episode, Dan takes a break and gets the opportunity to film with friends of ISAtv, Megan Lee and Simon/Martina of EatYourKimchi. They give him some advice on his recent developments with his biological family and show him around Seoul!