I had originally planned to post the first tease of “Mad Men” Season 5 this morning, but that video was a load of crap: no new footage, just a list of accolades and the promise of its return in 2012. Screw that.
Instead, here’s the video for “Otis,” the first track off of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaboration Watch the Throne. The video (embedded below) was directed by Spike Jonze and features a brief but delightful cameo from Aziz Ansari of “Parks and Recreation.” Given that this week’s stock market tumble just guaranteed that my children will have to forego school to start working in factories at age 5, I suppose I could be offended by two extremely wealthy people rapping about having extra Mercedes and flying in private jets.
And yet… nope. I dig it all. I dig the Otis Redding sample; I dig the big American flag on the hangar; I dig the chopped up, flame-spurting Maybach (which will be auctioned for charity); I dig the white girls riding in it; and yeah, I dig Aziz — who seems to be in character as Tom Haverford — just kinda hanging out in the background and dancing through the video every now and then. I miss music videos being on television.