Video: "Express Yourself" (Diplo ft. Nicky Da B)

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Via New Orleans native Clayton Cubitt, who says,

I'm gonna say this again, for those of you who yearn for the energy and danger and artistic vitality that NYC had in the 70s/80s, you need to drop everything and get yourself to New Orleans right now.

Shot in and around the Bywater in New Orleans, features friends of mine like Quack, and Rusty Lazer’s Swoon-festooned front steps and amazing art village, and local characters like Amzie Adams, this is your “must watch” of the week.

The album is available as MP3 download at Amazon.


  1. Is ass shaking NSFW? I never thought about it. But if the ass isn’t shaking and it isn’t naked then it’s SFW :/

  2. NSFW and NSFYB (your back)! Just watching that herniates my L4/L5. How in the world do people do that?!!

    1. Practice. They say you need 10,000 hours before you become an expert/master in your field.

  3. Fat ass-shaking, and fast editing over a completely interchangeable track: the peak of American culture. This is the energy and danger and artistic vitality that NYC had in the 80s but has lost? 

  4. To those who look at this and say NSFW, I say to you: Elvis, late-1950s.

    Can the posterior move in 4 dimensions? Q.E.D. it can.

    Musically the piece is interesting for not directly sampling “trigger man”, so far as I can tell, but we hear it and still know it is -absolutely- bounce, bounce or Jamaican house — I am certain.

    Love it.

    1. Do you mean 3+1 Minkowskian dimensions? I’d’ve thought it obvious that the Gluteus Maximus of pretty much everyone is capable, in fact always does, move through 3 spatial and 1 temporal dimension…

  5. If it ain’t Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, it’s crap.

    (Yes, this diss includes the Madonna song.)

  6. Twerking like this isn’t very different from bellydance shimmies. It’s more about relaxing than contracting. It looks painful, but that’s why they get so low.

  7. My favorite part is definitely where they include the pulling-the-pants-out-of-your-crack shots.

    1. I like the WTF moment at 3:18 where the woman comes out of the shop. For the briefest of moments, you can see her trying to assess the situation where a woman in short shorts is shaking her butt on camera right beside the entrance, then she just moves away (and probably immediately starts her search for a new supermarket).

  8. “…for those of you who yearn to watch a cheap rehash of the energy and danger and artistic vitality that NYC had in the 70s/80s, you need to…”

    Fixed that for you. 

  9.  Am I the only one who adores this? The bounce, the video, the lyrics, the beat, the less than perfect asses bouncing. I have the song on repeat now.

  10. Love it!! i learned about Diplo from NINJA en Yo-landi’s collaboration some time ago.
    XoXoxXeni here another retarded cover i post u:

    p.s. on the nerdiee side lol thought of boingboing yesterday when i took DD-3 boss delay pedal (it repeats EXACTLY what sound you put in it–very cold/digital) then soldered a capacitor inbetween the legs of its “feedback” pott and it turned it into analogue: each new repeat got more and more muffled -so cheep & so much nicer!! :D

  11. I haven’t been to NY, so I can’t comment on what it was like in the 80s. The music might be different, but the dancing  just looks like highly fetishized South African dancing to me:

    I can’t say I prefer the NY version, the South Africans seem to be having more fun!

  12. This conversation would not be complete with a reference to the Major Lazer (Diplo & Switch) video “Pon De Floor”  which is about as NSW as it gets.   This is not the first time Diplo has set his beats to black kids dancing.  Come again? 

    1.  Wow. That was like a porn video made by aliens who don’t entirely get the concept of sex. And who really like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse for some reason.

  13. at this timeframe:

    there is a sticker from an artist in NYC I met. It reads, “read motherfucking books, all damn day”

  14. Ok I see your butt. Ok, I see it, ok. Yup there it is. Yes, I can see you can shake your butt. Yup there it is again. Please, ladies- you don’t look very ladylike doing that. I’m a man, and pretty open minded, but all this Anus shaking is pretty disgusting, if you ask me. How about shaking your hips instead of looking like you have to take a shit all the time.

    1. you don’t look very ladylike doing that. I’m a man, and pretty open minded

      I believe that I’ve identified a glaring contradiction here.

      1. Nope, there isn’t anything contradicting about me being a man, and thinking butt-gyrations aren’t “lady-like” referring to class, manners, or something beautiful.  There is a difference between the beauty of a woman’s form in say,  Hula-Dancing, and this garbage. Sorry, it’s my opinion and isn’t contradicting anything. You can certainly disagree with it.

        1. There’s a contradiction between claiming to be open minded and using the term ‘ladylike’ as some kind of social blackmail. It’s just passive-aggressive slut shaming.

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