Music video: Namie Amuro featuring Hatsune Miku - B who I want 2 B

The Sophie produced "B who I want 2 B" was a song that I loved when the original version performed by QT had leaked. Grew anxious about when the vocal-less preview of Namie's version was released. Then felt let down by once I heard it in full. But there's denying the bounce in the beat and now its one of my highlights from Namie's twelth studio album _genic.

For this song to have gotten a video post album release is a great look, as it not only gives _genic more longevity, but is a small sign that Namie as an artist is fed up with the standard release model of J-pop albums. I would love it if post album music videos became more of a thing. Although Namie is at that point in her career where she can do what the hell she likes and sell 250,000 copies of an album in her first week without a public appearance or any heavy promo; a luxury that not every act in J-Pop can afford.

"B who I want 2 B" such a bop that it's a shame that there is no dance routine. Even in animated form Namie relishes any opportunity to sit down and avoid dancing any more than she feels she needs to - even if the song is screaming for such.

The inconsistency between the 2D and 3D animation is off putting though. The entire video should have been done wither 2D or 3D. The mixing of the two seems slap dash and isn't seamless. It's also a shame we didn't get Anime Amuro and Hatsune Miku working the looks they sported in NYLON Japan, as they were fly as hell.

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