Grammy-nominated R&B star from Texas Leon Bridges surprised us earlier this month with the release of two new singles, “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” and “Bad Bad News,” both of which will appear on his sophomore album, Good Thing, set to release in May. This week, he unveiled a mini-movie style music video for the latter.
The video for this jazzy dance track “Bad Bad News” is chock full of feel-good vibes and fun dance breaks. Directed by Natalie Rae, the story follows model Paloma Elsesser rocking a red trench coat through the slums of New York City’s Lower East Side in pursuit of an anonymous cat caller.
As she marches through the city with determination, she can’t help but to immerse herself in random dance breaks. Bridges is seen in parallel scenes keeping it down with his band in a mysterious dance hall, replicating similar dance moves to those of Elsesser. One element connects these two separate individuals: dance.
The plot of the video in relation to the song is difficult to pinpoint, but Bridges sings “I don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry about people in my face / I hit ’em with the style and grace, and watch their ankles break,” as he brushes off haters, and Elsessner appears to do the same.