It’s been an interesting week for hip-hop fans over 30 from Chicago and NYC. First Common and Nas drop the video for the “Ghetto Dreams”[watch here] and then Kanye and Jay-Z follow-up with the stuntastic clip to “Otis”[watch here]. All things being equal both songs are dope with videos that excel with their simplicity. However, there is one area I will give the edge to Common and Nas: the choice of women.
While Yay and Jay pack four women of “indeterminate racial makeup” (as one of my peers put it) in the back of their stripped-down Maybach, their collective presence doesn’t compare to the one Bria Myles who is the focus of Common and Nas, “Ghetto Dreams.” In this case less is TOTALLY more. But you take a look at the shots from the videos and tell me if you agree or not.