“Manwomanboogie,” the fourth video from Q-Tip‘s The Renaissance, opens with our hero Kamaal aboard a progressively trippier train ride testifying to his unenthusiastic fellow commuters about the dynamics between man and woman. A sassy, kittenish Amanda Diva adds her jazzy alto to the sermon and that’s when things really get interesting. There’s a lusty train conductor, a British Redcoat, Betsy Ross, and Native Americans in full on traditional garb. All go from disinterested emo glances to boho boogieing and camaraderie by video’s end. Guerrilla filmmaker Rik Cordero lends his gritty voyeuristic eye, and according to his treatment, “The moving train to me is a great metaphor for the ups and downs, ins and outs and the rush felt between the forces of man and woman.” Word.
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