Cardi B's New Video Delivers East LA Tacos And Bruno Mars
Cardi B is known for her Bronx roots, but her new video's all about L.A. vibes. Specifically, taco shop vibes.
Mars not only duets on the song, he co-produced it, co-directed the video, and worked on the choreography. So that's a quadruple threat right there.
Watch the full video right here (Warning: It contains adult language -- so probably definitely don't listen loudly at work. Unless your work is cool with that. I don't know your life. Either way, I don't you want you to get in trouble):
The video opens with a graphic straight out of an '80s movie that reads "Somewhere in Los Angeles," over footage of the downtown skyline. We see an overhead shot of freeways before moving to the streets, where we can see the art deco Eastern Columbia Building in the distance.
We get a logo reading "After the party," then we move to Tacos Mexico (which, as seen below, is real hyped to be in this video). It follows the grand hip-hop music video tradition of an overly long opening framing sequence before getting to the actual song.
Bruno Mars hangs out with his crew inside the taco shop, when Mars clocks Cardi B and her girls walking in and sucking on lollipops. Bruno and Cardi start making eyes at each other, hard, as the heartbeat rhythm of the song starts to kick in and we get opening titles.
The song is all about desire, with both groups teasing each other via dance-off before finally coming together. The camera shakes in rhythm with the song's beat in several sequences. The song also fits into the retro style Bruno Mars has found in his more recent songs, both stylistically and with a throwback Jodeci reference from Cardi B.
You even get Cardi and her girls dancing on the Tacos Mexico counter, but we're assuming that's been wiped down for your taco-eating pleasure next time you step into the eatery. She also raps on the store's counter microphone.
Cardi and Bruno finally decide to get out of there, taking to some classic cars before they go cruising through what appears to be one of those downtown L.A. tunnels that you see in everything ever made.
Cardi B was set to tour with Bruno Mars, but she ended up having to back out at the time due to having a newborn daughter. You can watch a previous Bruno/Cardi collaboration here on "Finesse (Remix)," with more '90s style than you can probably handle, dancing through the world of In Living Color (warning: contains adult language):