origin of the hiphop music video booty row
November 1, 2010 5:15 PM   Subscribe

origin of the hiphop music video booty row? watching Eric B. & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique (video). (dont know the exact term, mybe ass-in-a-row? see example @1:09 so... looking for earlier examples and research on the subject.

i suspect origin can be found at old burlesque and vaudeville routines, but i think the modern variety has a certain distinction.
posted by yosh to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
There was a mini kinda-sorta version of this in the Miami Vice opening titles.
posted by zippy at 10:37 PM on November 1, 2010

My theory:
late 1800s French cabarets -> 1950s Lido Paris show -> Las Vegas showgirls -> strip clubs -> hiphop videos.

Regarding the booty row, the Cin Cin girls from the late 80s/early 90s Italian tv-show Colpo Grosso (remade in Germany as Tutti Frutti and in Spain as ¡Ay que calor!) did that. (Linked videos are sort of SFW, but maybe not the "Janet Jackson-moment" at 1:22 in the "¡Ay que calor!"-video.)
posted by iviken at 2:30 AM on November 2, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: proto booty row in two live crew - im so horney @ 2:00~ (1989)
post booty row in Aphex Twin - Windowlicker @ 8:00 (1999)
posted by yosh at 4:22 PM on June 1, 2011

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