Delivery Boys – Batman / Rappin All Fast Music Videos Review
This pair of so-so music videos look like they were more fun to make than they are to watch.
Two music videos starring the LA-based indie rap group Delivery Boys are set to debut at the Dances with Films festival in Hollywood on September 10, and while it’s a triumph for these young creatives to have their work shown at the iconic Chinese Theatre, you need not be in any rush to attend the premiere yourself.
The first of the two promos is for the by-the-numbers (if not dull) song YGB Rappin All Fast, and sees the group live up to their name as they hop in a car and deliver pizzas. An overhead fisheye lens is used to distort the rappers and their surroundings, comically enlarging their heads and creating the illusion that they’re navigating tiny planets.
It’s initially fairly amusing – especially a clip where they squash together on an escalator, and the lights around them bend and melt together in kaleidoscopic fashion – yet the camera trickery quickly grows tiresome, leaving little more to remark on.
Overall, neither of the music videos nor their respective songs are of much artistic merit, but it's clear the crew had good fun making them
The second video has a bit more to enjoy. Titled Batman, it pays tribute to Adam West’s tenure as the superhero in the 1960s with bright colours and ridiculous costumes. Musically, it’s not any better, and there are some pretty awful lyrics (“Said I couldn’t do it but ya man can / Nutty like a virgin's first lap dance”) – nonetheless, the video at least allows for the Boys’ sense of humour to shine through.
Group member YGB’s performance as the Joker is a highlight – he looks great in the costume, and delivers his rhymes with a playfully sinister grin. Lost Boy’s Riddler also gets a fun scene, as lyrics from the song appear written in the sky and leave Batman and Robin (played by Max Gertler and Goldwood) feeling puzzled. It's still gimmicky and inane, but easily the more full-bodied of the two projects.
Overall, neither of the music videos nor their respective songs are of much artistic merit, but it's clear the crew had good fun making them. If their infectious enthusiasm inspires anyone else to run around in a cape and cowl on film, then they’ve achieved something.