Will.i.am has made a new video for an old song. The video is shot in the Louvre Museum in Paris and sees the rapper’s face superimposed on world famous paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Jesus, though, the song is almost as old as the ‘Mona Lisa’.
It originally featured on the former Black Eyed Peas star’s 2013 album ‘#willpower’, but back then it was called ‘Smile Mona Lisa’. The song is now called – spot the difference – ‘Mona Lisa Smile’. And you thought Kanye was the only rapper who couldn’t leave his shit alone after it’s gone out into the world.
Anyway, we see Will’s mug superimposed on, among others, Johannes Vermeer’s 17th century masterwork ‘The Girl With The Pearl Earring’, while his pal Nicole Scherzinger, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, crops up in the titular Leonardo Da Vinci painting. Creepy, isn’t it, the way she looks out dolefully during the “La-dee-da-la-dee-do” bit.
Unbelievably, this is part of an official collaboration with the actual real life Louvre, who also invited Will to make a short documentary with them, in which he sort of waffles about art and museums. “The whole idea of a museum is a collection of inspirations,” he says. “If you inspired me to do something, you would be my muse. If you made me laugh, you would be a-muse-ing. If I spread an inspiration and it became an inspiration, it would be music. So a museum is a collection of inspiration.”
Thanks for that, Will. To be fair, the video for ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ is actually a lot of fun. If you think it’s fun to see friviolous, ridiculous pop stars with a serious lack of self-consciousness compare themselves to all-time great artists. Which of course we all do.