Cee Lo’s “Cry Baby” Video Is A Retro Spectacle Even Without Cee Lo

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Jaleel White appears as his late-era Family Matters suave alter ego Stefan Urquelle lady killer Cee Lo Green in the video for “Cry Baby,” the latest single off, erm, The Lady Killer. To its credit, the clip, with which Cee Lo himself has had no discernible involvement, doesn’t sugarcoat the caddishness of Cee Lo’s persona. White’s fancy footwork doesn’t hurt either, especially when the video becomes a middle-of-the-street spectacle.

The video looks to have been helmed by “F—k You” director Matt Stawski, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that director and choreographer Adam Shankman was responsible; while the clip’s retro stylings have elements of the sixties-soul revamp of “F—k You,” the poodle skirts and dance sequences hearken further back to teen-rebel films, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the clip was inspired by John Waters’s film of the same name, though filtered through a post-millennial pop lens, like Shankman’s re-envisioning of Hairspray. This is retromania we can get behind.

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