Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” music video suffers from one thing. Being ahead of it’s time. When it was released four years ago, it was met with lots of negative reviews. I personally thought the video was great. It was original, had a story, and was funny. What more could you want?
Lots of complaints about the music video were aimed at the women on the basketball team. People said the video focused too much on their big boobs. I didn’t even notice all the boobies the first time I saw the video. I was enthralled by the story and the premise of the video. I noticed the girls were in skimpy outfits, but that’s no different from the typical rap videos I see. I thought the video was original in how it objectified women. It clearly highlighted womens bodies, but it did it in a classy manner.
If Hip Hop Was High School
It’s rare that a music video has a story that actually makes sense for both the artist and the song. I saw it the first time and got it. This video was Drake’s first music video as a mainstream artist. It was directed by Kanye West & took place at a high school. I thought that was perfect for Drakes intro into the music industry. On Kanye’s debut album he appeared as a bear mascot on the cover. I see the high school in the video as a metaphor for the hip hop industry. If Hip Hop was a high school, Big Daddy Kane would be the principal, Kanye West would be the Mascot, & Drake would be the coach of the womens basketball team.
All of the celebrity cameos in the stands alludes to that High School metaphor as well. You’ve got Drake’s Young Money label mates Lil Twist & Lil Chuckee representing the freshman class while Trey Songz & Fabolous represent the Upperclassmen. I see Consequence as more of the alumni in the stands. They’re all rooting for the same team judging by the look of disappointment on their face as the game progresses.
Musicians have a habit of trying to force their humor in music videos. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Best I Ever Had is genuinely funny. I crack up at various points throughout the video. My favorite part is when Drake is spazzing on a referee. The referee just looks at the scoreboard with a look on his face like “dude your team is down by 40 points, stfu.” I love it.
The story to the Best I Ever Had video is excellent. They really managed to incorporate being the Best Drake Ever Had in a video about a girl’s basketball team. The funny part is the basketball team is horrible. The way the championship game at the end builds up, you’d think Drake has a team of some great players. Quite the opposite actually. They lose by like 40 points with the girls complaining that all Drake ever taught them to do is stretch. That goes back to that whole classy objectifying thing I brought up earlier. Drake’s video was bound to have women in it, and I feel like he used them in a way that was both funny and sexy at the same time.
I love all the hype in the beginning. You really think that Drake’s team is about to do work, but nope. They get smashed. Drake, who spends a majority of the video looking at playbooks and encouraging his team, looks like a good coach. Then the game happens and Drake looks like the worst coach ever. He’s dedicated, but his approach at buying new uniforms wasn’t enough and practices that only involve stretching say otherwise.
I kind of think Drake planned that this music video might receive negative reviews. I think the final score where his team loses by like 80 points is a reflection of that. In his song “Say What’s Real” which came out months before this music video he says:
And they think the can market you
however they decide to.” – Drake
Maybe he was foreshadowing. I think this is Drake’s best music video to date. People in 2009 were too busy staring at boobies to focus on what made the video great. Shame.