May 18, 2016


Idris Elba Is Macklemore's Hype Man in 'Dance Off' Video: Watch Here

Idris Elba does not typically wear a fur coat, fedora and leather gloves, but apparently this is the garb required to feature in MacklemoreRyan Lewis' video for the single "Dance Off," which released on Tuesday.

The song, which takes a few cues from Thriller by way of groaning organs, sees Elba—actor of venerable repute and dashing good looks—serve as Macklemore's hype man. Let that sink in for a minute. 

The video is peak Macklemore—which is to say gratuitously upbeat and clean—aside from a little unexpected nudity by way of a men's locker room scene. Elba does well as the song's foreboding narrator as people settle various beefs by way of dance moves instead of fisticuffs. 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' most recent album, This Unruly Mess I've Made, released earlier this year. Since then, the rapper's gotten people to ponder some social issues and has also met the president, but not without a little criticism.