Here on “The One Music K.O. Round,” I shall be providing in-depth reviews of music videos to determine whether they’re a “Knockout” (really good), a “Letdown” (disappointing), or anything in between. As I am also an avid sports fan, I shall be using boxing terms to give my verdict on a music video’s overall appeal and impact.
The supply of young Filipino music talents right now is richer than ever. The rise of digital media – allowing aspiring artists to produce and share music even without a label – may have something to do with it, but the most important thing is that it’s an exciting time to be a music fan and creator these days. One of those young Filipino music talents we’re referring to is the uber-popular JRoa whose “Di Ako Fuckboy” is doing extremely well on radio airwaves and other platforms. That’s why for this week’s edition of “The One Music K.O. Round,” I’ve decided to feature the music video of JRoa’s current hit song.
Watch the music video of “Di Ako Fuckboy” in the YouTube video below.
Judging from the lyrics of the song, I was expecting the music video to feature a narrative about romance or a shot at love. It turns out I’m right. But what I didn’t anticipate was that the MV of “Di Ako Fuckboy” turns out to be grounded on reality, a bit too much I would say. Allow me to explain why.
The music video revolves around a storyline that many of us are used to: a simple guy who falls in love with a presumably well-off beautiful gal. JRoa’s character, a service crew member at a restaurant, falls head over heels with a beautiful lady (let’s call her Lady Pretty) dining there. He immediately forwards his intentions in a subtle way, and his efforts don’t go unnoticed and unappreciated considering that Lady Pretty displays a smile after receiving the sweet gesture.
From that moment on, I thought that the music video would be a typical Cinderella story with a happily-ever-after ending. That’s until of course the confrontation scene took place. In it, Lady Pretty gives back all the pieces of tissue paper with short notes on them by JRoa signifying that she’s turning down the young man’s offer of love. After watching that scene, I thought the music video’s artistic value suddenly soared up because it took the road less traveled by as far as the narrative is concerned. “Di Ako Fuckboy” after all is a story that’s rooted on the reality that sometimes, even good guys finish last. I found this quality of the music video highly impressive, but perhaps that’s where my lone criticism comes from too. While JRoa’s character took a heavy blow in getting rejected, I thought the music video would find a way to end on a positive note. It didn’t, and I can’t help but think that there should’ve been a redeeming element of sorts given also the overall message of the song. Regardless, watching the music video has been a highly entertaining experience.
Provided that “Di Ako Fuckboy” is already a hit, I was expecting its music video to deliver too. I thought it did, and I guess even neutral fans would appreciate what it tries to say. With the countless stories about love around us readily available, I thought this one broke the norm in an artistic fashion. It’s not free from criticism, but it’s a pretty solid music video in my opinion. For that reason, I’m handing out a “Unanimous Decision” verdict.
Do you agree with my verdict? What are your thoughts on the music video? Leave a comment below!
It may seem that Karlos is out of place in One Music PH because he’s someone who can’t live without sports. Until of course, he realized that he is equally passionate with music as well. He may not admit it just yet, but Karlos loves Davie Bowie very much. Oh, and he runs a barbershop too.