EXCLUSIVE: Keenen Wayans Reacts To Bruno Mars & Cardi B's 'Finesse' Video
By Isha Thorpe
January 4, 2018
On Wednesday (Jan. 3), Bruno Mars and Cardi B surprisingly announced that they joined forces for the "Finesse (Remix)" and the Twitterverse went into complete shock. But then, things really got turned up a notch when Mars said that he was going to drop the track's music video, too.
If you've never felt extreme nostalgia for the 1990s, watching the "Finesse (Remix)" visual will definitely do the trick. It's decked out and flavored with everything from that decade from beginning to end. Colorful clothes, check! Big gold chains and earrings, check! The dance moves, check! The New Jack Swing-styled production, double check!
One very noticeable trait that the video has is its similarities to hit 1990s sketch comedy show "In Living Color." Created by Keenen Ivory Wayans, the popular program is credited for being one of the most -- if not, THE most -- iconic comedy show of not only the 1990s, but all time. Not only did it introduce the Wayans family into the entertainment industry, but it also discovered some of today's biggest names. Stars like Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Rosie Perez and more all got their big breaks on the legendary show.
So, being a huge fan of it, Mars decided to thank Keenen for the countless laughs he had while watching it, via his new "Finesse (Remix)" video.
This video is dedicated to one my favorite T.V shows of all time— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 4, 2018
Shout out to the people over at Fox Studios and a very special thank you to @keeneniwayans🙏— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 4, 2018
So, iHeartRadio reached out to the comedian and asked him how he felt about the homage the superstar paid to his show. Keenan exclusively told us:
"I loved the video and feel honored that the show has found a place amongst a new generation. Thank you Bruno Mars and Cardi B for showing the love."
Watch the "Finesse (Remix)" music video below, as well as the intro to "In Living Color," to spot the fun similarities!
Photo: Getty Images and YouTube/BrunoMars