Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Music Videos

Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Music Videos

  1.  The First Listen

This was released the same day as the song (May 6) as a nice little buzz video to help the song gain streaming ratings quickly.

What Surprised Me:

That such a silly format now exists. Now it’s becoming a standard to drop these “little” videos before the standard ones.

What I Didn’t Like:

The recording studio scene was awkward. I felt awkward for them. It reminded me of spirit week in high school—where you fake enthusiasm at some points because you don’t want people to hate you.

What I Liked:

Gwen Stefani singing in the car. She could just sit there and scratch dandruff from her head and I’d still be mesmerized.

2.  The Regular

Released May 16, 2016.

What Surprised Me:

I didn’t feel surprised.

What I Didn’t Like:

The cheap sentiment. “Oh, hey guys, I’m Justin, and I’m just like you. Here I am doing regular things that you do.” Bye. I don’t care if it wasn’t his choice, but the choice of DreamWorks & RCA.

You’re a superstar, Justin Timberlake, act like one.

During the second verse when he sang, “It’s in my blood,” he literally tried tapping his Cephalic vein as if he were about to get an IV. Still not cheesy? Fine.

What I Liked:

Some of the dancing characters were endearing. At the end they list all the names. Jonah (green dress shirt) and Stevie (barber shop) were my favorites.

Review by: Gio Bradley.

Desiigner “Panda” music video

Desiigner “Panda” music video

Released: May 17, 2016.

What Surprised Me:

Not much. The storyline, imagery and themes in here are the same as most rap music videos.

The Kanye West Cameo was semi-surprising. Although Desiigner is signed to Kanye’s record company so… not too surprising.

Maybe the black woman with the platinum hair feelin’ him up on the bed. She looked like a panda (which they obviously did on purpose). I wasn’t expecting that.

What I Didn’t Like:

The slow-motion melodrama. We get it, you want us think you’re tough. I would probably think him more hard-hitting if the video was further in real time.

What I Liked:

Again, the loud facial expressions were nice to see in the video.

The minimal use of characters. There weren’t that many people in the video (yes, I know there were groups at the beginning).

It’s common for rap music videos to use a lot of extras on set. The “Panda” video had relatively few in it. We will wait for upcoming Desiigner videos to really judge his style.

Review by: Gio Bradley.