The visual for “Bare Wit Me” delivered all the nostalgic feels of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” released in the late 1980s. In an obvious nod to the legendary entertainer, Taylor and her dancers were outfitted in MJ’s signature tilted fedoras and black “flood” slacks, all the way down to the visible white socks and black loafers.
The short clip featured a very simplistic set, with the singer flanked by two dancers on each side, to her rear. Taylor was positioned front and center, standing out with her hat, trench coat, shirt, and tie — all fashionably matched in yellow. Each dancer was dressed the exact same as Taylor, but each wearing a different colored suit and matching hat. Dancers to her left were sporting purple and green, and those to her right rocked blue and red.
As fashion and style were very distinct characters in this clip, Taylor was sure to mention the Beeōmbi clothing brand. The singer acknowledged the costume and fashion designer in her post caption for designing the custom jackets and wardrobe seen in the clip. She also tagged tattoo artist, Dre Gilly, and shouted him out for his custom artwork on the jackets worn in the video.
The dance moves were just as smooth as MJ in the ’80s and were choreographed by Taylor. Pay close attention to Taylor’s fancy footwork in the teaser as the entertainer performed a throwback to the moonwalk.
Taylor was promoting her upcoming studio album, The Album. She posted the video teaser to her Instagram account, and informed fans there would be “no games this time around.”
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A sneak ???? peek of “BARE WIT ME” from #THEALBUM #JUNE2020 no games this time around. S/O to da squad! DIR: @aspiketeyjoint DP: @afilmdirector EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY: @theauntiesinc PRODUCER: @busynocupcakin STORY PRODUCERS: @aspiketeyjoint @coco_gilbert ART DESIGN: @hannahcarlene WARDROBE BY ???????? KEY STYLIST: @teyanataylor CUSTOM WARDROBE BY: @beeombi CUSTOM JACKETS BY: @beeombi ARTWORK ON JACKETS BY: @inkbydregilly GLAM BY ???????? MAKE UP: @japanesefaces HAIR: @realangelinarose @snobmobb CHOREOGRAPHY BY ???????? KEY CHOREOGRAPHER @teyanataylor ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: @empress_neekqua DANCERS ???????? @daniellecarty (Blue Ranger) @maggyvandenheuvel (Purple Ranger) @empress_neekqua (Green Ranger) @coco_gilbert (Red Ranger) @teyanataylor (Yellow Ranger) EDITED BY ???????? KEY EDITOR: Chris @chrismonsanto Assistant editors: @coco_gilbert @Aspiketeyjoint
The video clip easily made the entertainer the topic of discussion as she trended across social media platforms. Celebrities and fans alike took to social media to show their support and excitement.
“Go off sis,” Tinashe wrote.
Taylor is married to NBA player Iman Shumpert. The Inquisitr previously reported on the celebrity couple’s relationship, and Taylor’s husband proudly chimed in on social media to celebrate his wife’s latest work.
“I watched this like 20 times. I have it on my phone but it hit different when it’s on IG.”
Earlier this month, Taylor revealed the artwork for her upcoming album. In homage to another iconic performer, the cover image exudes all the vibes of channeling Grace Jones.
“Bare Wit Me'” will be featured on Taylor’s upcoming third studio album, The Album, slated for a June 2020 release.