Posh, elegant and classy, singer and songwriter Alexandria “Ain’t Polite” in her latest music video. “Ain’t Polite” is the lead single to her album Journey coming to us May 15 via Text Me Records.
For Alexandria, minding her manners is of little concern here. And there’s a whole lot more focus on the all-consuming, all-significant “you.”
For example, just look at one of the more back-straightening parts of her chorus: “I know it ain’t polite to stare/But I love what I like too much to care/You give me everything/I really mean everything/You really give everything to me.”
Cheffed up by producer Taydex, silky smooth keys come paired with commanding yet gentle bass–dominant like a tuba but of course could be another sound.
In a few places on it, “Ain’t Polite” resembles Common and Mary J. Blige’s “Come Close,” except the Statik Selektah and Soul Supreme version retitled “Close to Me.” At some points the delicate and sturdy keys do the same dance–the same ball changes at least. Seriously.
Alexandria and director Bobby Astro serve an in-your-face clash of sophistication and sultriness. We get commanding about-faces, sass and sincerity all splashed against a city loft vista.
With such compelling minimalism, Alexandria just “Ain’t Polite” — she simply “Ain’t Polite.”
Black gown, tie, and other adornments marry white, and they create an assertive synergy. Ebony and ivory endow us with equal parts sophistication and softness.
There’s an allure so charming that you can easily overlook the audacity to abandon social cues just to get a point across. That’s what’s called being graceful.
The video’s pianist, John Wade, adds a complementary coat of cool. And for more cool, he engineered the song along with the rest of the Journey album.
This is the latest work we’ve seen from Alexandria since she guest appeared on the 2018 Taydex single “It Ain’t Over,” and her 2017 LP Cut of Cloth. In 2019, video director Bobby Astro also filmed a video for Awful Records rapper Father on his single “Handful.”
Pre-order the Journey album now, and you’ll get the remaining eight other tracks May 15.
Check out the video below and stream “Ain’t Polite” via Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp right after. More music videos from Rappurview here.