Mr. Vegas launched his highly anticipated video, I Am Blessed, Tuesday night at the Indies Bar and Grill in New Kingston to rave reviews from those who had come to the private screening.
The press seemed to enjoy the reverse narrative concept of the video with two men pursuing Mr. Vegas through easily recognizable milieus such as the community of Mona, and Papine Square before they reach a revival church. The I Am Blessed video also segues into another gospel-flavoured single, Up Deh, and ends with a scene where a man, presumably the don, enquires why his henchmen have not succeeded in getting rid of Mr. Vegas. They explain that he ran into a church, but the don says chillingly: Ã¢â‚¬Ëœchurch ah the best place fi mek the man restÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Then he sends the men away in disgust.
Comedienne Elva was at her vivacious best, heaping accolades on Vegas for his longevity and consistency in the business.
“Yu stay true to your game, yu never mek no headline fi box down nobody, mi no hear yu inna no ramping shop and yu nah sell no condom,” she said, to titters of laughter from press representatives gathered at Indies Bar and Grill for the video launch.
She grilled Jaywill mercilessly, teasing him for sweating and asking mischievously: are we going to talk about this video for years and years and years?
Jay Will, who won the HYPE TV Video Director of the Year prize this year, played along with the feel-good vibes of the launch and teased Vegas for his poor acting skills.
“Him caan act,” he said to loud laughter. “Him can sing but him caan act.”
Jay Will also explained the concept behind the video, revealing that he had Ã¢â‚¬ËœborrowedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ the reverse narrative concept from a Coldplay video, The Scientist.
Vegas said that he was Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhonoured and privileged to have worked with Jay Will on the project”.
“We have a chemistry when it comes to music videos and it worked out well,” Vegas said. The two have done at least eight music videos together.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable video launch with well-known video remixer Kentech putting together a montage of VegasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ videos over the years that entertained the media until the video was finally shown at 9 p.m.