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Idris Elba, Macklemore Preside Over Epic ‘Dance Off’

British actor cameos in wild new clip co-directed by Ryan Lewis

Idris Elba stars as the overlord of the dance in the hilarious, over-the-top new video for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ “Dance Off.”

The British actor provides the song’s melodramatic vocal tag, and appears at the beginning and end of the video, donning a luxurious white fur coat and pounding on a haunted-house organ. In between, Macklemore ambles through a mysterious hotel, while epic dance floor showdowns follow him every step of the way.

While the first dance off takes place, sensibly enough, at a wedding reception, Macklemore later finds himself munching on fries while patrons and staff square off in a diner, and pedaling an exercise bike while beefcakes wild out in the gym. The Seattle MC even shows off his own footwork in an extended sequence alongside hotel bellhops, before a group of mall masseuses bring the clip to its ridiculous close.

“Dance Off” was directed by Lewis and Jason Koenig, and features choreography from Anna Matuszewski. The track appears on Macklemore and Lewis’ latest record, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, which was released in February.


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