Video Review: Wale x Usher, ‘Matrimony’

Wale debuted his video to one of my favorite tracks from his album, ‘Matrimony.’ The track features Usher and the video starred the oh so beautiful Bria Murphy.

The video began, as the track began, with commentary from Seinfeld:

Getting engaged is like getting, uh, it’s the first hill of the roller coaster.
And you hear those clickers, the loud sound — this really violent, metal.
‘Chunka-chunka-chunka’ and you go, “What, what’s going on here,” You know?
“Boy this thing is really,really goes high!”

And then you go over the top, the wedding is at the top. You go over the top, is the wedding and then you’re just screaming.

No it’s uh, it’s like any growth. You’re no- you can’t be ready for it because tha- it’s growth, it’s gonna be new. It’s gonna be new. You’re gonna have a new life, you’re gonna be a new person.

It’s very clear that you’ll be a new person once you get married. It’s expected that you change. You change to compromise with that person. You change to become a better person for the person you want to spend the rest of you life with.

Getting on with the video, it begins with a wedding ceremony about to take place, which is obvious. It flashes to the bride, Bria Murphy, getting ready and her groom, Wale getting ready as well. He had a very interesting hairstyle with the dreads. Of course Usher wouldn’t be Usher if he didn’t hit a subtle slide. His placement was interesting and honestly wasn’t really needed. He sat at the piano for the most part and a scene with Wale facing the seats of the guests at the venue.

It then gets into flashbacks of what Wale went through as he raps. Most relationships start off great with rough patches along the way, hence the roller coaster. So it flashes back and forth between the flashbacks and the wedding getting ready to begin. So the wedding party enters, Bria gets walked down the isle and here’s the kicker, her groom is not really Wale. Interesting take for the video.

Wale does end up crashing the ceremony, but just by making an appearance. He doesn’t say anything and it’s clear that Bria was still in love. She ends up running off into his arms, or so it seems. She could’ve been running away from the both of them and forgetting marriage after all. I’ll go with the latter.

I really enjoyed this video as it had CONCEPT! I wasn’t too keen on the placement of Usher and I still feel he wasn’t really needed for the video, but eh, he’s in there.

Check out the video below:

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