Saturday, May 16, 2015

Uptown's First Finale: Pint-sized Bryant Tardy Executes His Best Swagger-filled Mystikal Impression in "Feel Right" Video (RCA/Columbia Records)


While he isn't preoccupied melding together the sultry melodies of Rod Stewart and Miguel for an A$AP Rocky track or recruiting his sharp-tongued Albanian-Jewish buddy Action Bronson for a widely unreleased "Uptown Funk!" remix, super-producer Mark Ronson somehow managed to record and release one of the most downright Funky, yet commercially accessible albums of 2014-15; Uptown Special has already yielded one undeniable world-wide mega-hit with Ronson's infectious Bruno Mars-assisted "Uptown Funk," but now they're attempting to score similar chart success with it's proper B-side, "Feel Right." "PARTY PEOPLE, I'M VERY PROUD TO PRESENT THE VIDEO [FOR] "FEEL RIGHT" FT. @ItsMystikal DIR. BY @brunomars & @cameronduddy!!" @MarkRonson exuberantly Tweeted this past Monday afternoon. Although they make a quick cameo appearance towards the end, "Feel Right" solely features mini-Mystikal look-alike Bryant Tardy, rather than showcasing performers Mark Ronson, Mystikal, or Bruno Mars.


Florence Henderson introduces Tardy and his aptly-named Sunnydale private school band, Uptown Special with a rather endearing tongue-in-cheek dedication: "This performance is dedicated to all the player-hating teachers that won't let a little gangsta shine." It's an utterly hilarious and extremely cute nearly 5-minute cinematic adventure watching adorable Bryant Tardy, who's previously appeared on film alongside Cedric The Entertainer and Kevin Hart, strut around stage doing his best swagger-filled Mystikal impression; directors Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy even managed to sneak in a mid-song milk break and a pint-sized version of Mark Ronson's Antibalas & The Dap Kings-assembled horn section. Just in case, "you've been living under a rock" since January 2015, Ronson's nearly flawless Stevie Wonder, Kevin Parker, Andrew Wyatt, Jeff Bhasker, Bruno Mars, and Mystikal-assisted Uptown Special is now available for your backyard BBQ listening pleasure.

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