“Curtains go up, it’s going down,” Mystikal raps on “Feel Right,” the latest single from Mark Ronson‘s new album. And that promise plays out in the track’s hilarious new video, which finds child band Uptown Special revitalizing a lame school talent show by performing the funk jam.
The clip – co-directed by Cameron Thomas Duddy and Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” co-writer Bruno Mars – opens with a cameo from Florence Henderson, who attempts to perk up the crowd with some Carol Brady-esque enthusiasm. “This performance is dedicated to all the player-hating teachers that won’t let a little gangsta shine,” she reads from Uptown Special’s introductory note. “I don’t know what that means.”
The band’s frontman channels the spirit of James Brown, stomping around the stage while rapping Mystikal’s tongue-twisting lines. (He even drinks some milk midway through to get himself hyped up.) The judges – Mystikal, Ronson and Mars – are impressed, awarding the performance a perfect 10.
Ronson released his fourth LP, Uptown Special, in January. The album spawned “Uptown Funk,” his first Billboard Top Ten single as a solo artist – and his third collaborative hit with Mars, following the latter artist’s “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Gorilla.”
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“There’s something just spookily great about Bruno,” Ronson told Rolling Stone in February. “He taps into everybody’s fucking thing — there are artists that have moments when they’re in the zone, and their music touches everybody. Same way as Michael Jackson.”
In addition to Mars and Mystikal, the genre-hopping Uptown Special also features collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. Earlier this month, Ronson showcased his varied musical influences by compiling a “Music That Made Me” playlist for Rolling Stone.