Friday, March 12, 2010

Memorable Prison Music Videos

What is it about music videos with a prison theme?

They are all usually horrible. However, Lady Gaga's "Telephone" video, which was partially based out of a prison, wasn't half bad. It was probably one of the best of the bunch. Although that's not saying a whole lot.

But I just couldn't watch the opening minutes of the Gaga video without thinking about some other prison-themed music videos.

Let's take a trip down memory lane.....please, feel free to comment with your own memorable prison music videos.


The worst prison music video came from a very famous musical family.

Jermaine Jackson's "Dynamite"

There were so many things wrong with this video. From Jermaine Jackson's neon outfit/earrings to awkward dance routine between prisoners and security guards. I could go on, but I'll stop. After all, it was 1984. The video, directed by Bob Giraldi,
was a weak effort to follow in the footsteps of his little brother, Michael. Giraldi also directed the Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney video, "Say Say Say." Yet another good song with a silly video.

While I'm talking about the Jackson family. I'll share a prison video from the late King of Pop.

Michael Jackson's "They Don't Really Care About Us"

Jackson went hard with this song, filled with a deep message about problems facing the world. Maybe that's why he selected a prison for the theme. The video wasn't terrible. Thankfully, he didn't break into a dance sequence with the inmates.

Of course, I couldn't forget Miami rapper, J.T. Money, who gave birth to his one and only hit from a prison cell.

J.T. Money's "Who Dat" (featuring Sole)

This was crunk before there was crunk. The song was catchy, but the video was a bit awkward. I remember watching this, just wondering who the hell was Sole? We would later find out that she was the main squeeze of singer, Ginuwine. Nonetheless, I think J.T. Money had a lot of fun making this video, and we'll always remember it. Even if it wasn't that great.

Do you remember any noteworthy prison-themed music videos?

Please share.

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