According to the March 3, 2005 entry in Triumphs & Tribulations V, I saw the Fabolous “Baby” music video for the first time. It was the visual representation of a track that I had grown to be quite fond of since my acquisition of the Real Talk album the previous December. That brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: the Fabolous “Baby” music video.
How I first came across this moment? I first came across the music video while watching MTV Jams.
What it meant to me then? I was already familiar with the track, having purchased Real Talk on Black Friday 2004. On the first look, I came away with 2 things: (1) how incredibly sharp Mike Shorey’s sideburns were and (2) how incredibly attractive Nicole Narain was. The music video itself reminded me of a very brief dating situation I enjoyed in December 2004 with a local I met at the Valdosta Mall. The video didn’t mean much to me aside from a visual depiction of my favorite track on the album.
What it means to me now? 12 years later, the music video still has the same meaning to me. I’m still jealous of Mike Shorey’s sideburns. I still remember how I mimicked some of the things Fabolous did with Nicole Narain in the video…like taking a stroll through a park with all of the lights, which is what I did at Wild Adventures during one of those December 2004 dates. While I’m not as hot on Nicole Narain these days on account of her beaucoup tattoos, I’ve very much incorporated a lot of the fashion style Fabolous had on display into what I wear on occasion…the 3-piece suit with hat combo, the oversized turtleneck. The music video is a major catalyst of why the track has a permanent place in the Juan Thomas Presents…Get With Me playlist as opposed to the Juan Thomas Presents…Miscellaneous Jams playlist.