Action Bronson parodies some of the funniest scenes in Eddie Murphy’s classic 1988 film Coming to America – finding Bronson performing several roles, just like Murphy did in the film – in his “Baby Blue” video. The track, which was produced by Mark Ronson and features Chance the Rapper, appears on the Bronson’s new album, Mr. Wonderful.
Opening with a scene that plays up Coming to America’s barbershop argument about boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis – in which Eddie Murphy played barber Clarence, gadfly Saul and protagonist Prince Akeem – except with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as the boxers in question. It mimics the scene right down to clipping Action Bronson’s braid. It also contains scenes that play up the concert by Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate (another Murphy role) – called “Sexual White Chocolate” in Bronson’s clip – and some fast-food scenes that resemble the movie’s McDowells. (Incidentally, Busta Rhymes previously did his own take on Coming to America in his “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” video.)
Behind-the-scenes clips of the “Baby Blue” shoot show fast-food scene shenanigans and include interview snippets with the rapper. “It’s like a musical,” he says in the clip while explaining his acting skills. “It’s like South Pacific or The King and I.”
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The clip premiered as part of the YouTube Music Awards, which also launched new clips for Charli XCX (“Famous”) and Ed Sheeran (“Bloodstream”). In total, the awards show is debuting nine clips and, as previously mentioned, honoring more than 50 artists for their YouTube hits over the last year.