Way back in 2009, this music video premiered during my favorite episode of Flight of the Conchords, The Tough Brets. That’s the episode where Bret performs a controversial rap, in which he attacks several other rappers. (“Snoop Dogg is not very good. Ice Cube in not very good….”) When Murray suggests that Bret may have hurt the feelings of the rappers that he called out, Bret forms a gang for protection.
Or, at very least, Bret tries to form a gang. It doesn’t go particularly well, though character actor Seymour Cassel does join up at the one point.)
However, before forming the gang, Bret and Jermaine perform an entire song about hurt feelings. This song is also known as Tears of a Rapper and there’s actually several different versions of it floating around. For instance, in a more recent version, the Maid in Manhattan reference is replaced with a joke about how much Bret loves Zac Efron. One thing that always remains the same is that Jermaine’s family forgot to wish him a happy birthday. Poor Jermaine!
Anyway, I like this music video. I like the fact that when Bret sees that his friends have gone to see Maid in Manhattan without him, Jermaine just happens to be there, trying to hide his face. For the record, Maid in Manhattan is actually a perfect reference because it’s the type of bland film that you would be embarrassed to discover someone had specifically gone out of their way not to see with you. It’s the one where Jennifer Lopez plays a maid and Ralph Fiennes plays a politician. At one point, Jennifer Lopez nearly sits down on a magazine that’s got a picture of Ralph Fiennes on the cover and she tells him, “Whoops, I nearly sat on your face.”
Add to that, everyone’s had hurt feelings at some point in their life and therefore, everyone can relate to this song. For instance, I’ve recently been making an effort to obey all posted traffic laws. Would it kill someone to say, “Wow, Lisa, you actually stopped for that red light! We’re proud of you!?”
I’ve got hurt feelings …. I’ve got hurt feelings….
For the record, I also love Murray’s comment at the end of this clip. “All good examples.”