Monday, August 10, 2009

Dancehall Hipsterism: "Pon De Floor"

The official video for Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" (featuring Vybz Kartel).

The electro-dancehall beat of this song is wild. It seems like the electro vibe is gaining a lot of momentum in new reggaeton, dancehall, and hip hop tracks along with videos with a "hipster"/day-glo aesthetic. Really really interesting shifts are taking place in "urban" music.

The dances in this video are pretty crazy! Anyone who says that perreo/daggering/grinding takes no skill should take a look at this video because those were some pretty complicated sexualized gymnastics going on!

1 comment:

La Bianca said...

thank you for writing that about the dance moves!

its interesting b/c if we focus on just the women (which I did the second time I watched the video) i thought they very much still represent a traditional/classic dancehall queen vibe/representation that is often mistake for something it is not which almost always takes away the women's agency in the performance.