Friday, March 02, 2007

Tyrone Biggums's Momma

Remember Tyrone Biggums, the pale-lipped, change-scrounging crackhead from the Dave Chapelle Show? Now meet his mother.

The video for "T. Biggums," a song from the latest album by Stonesthrow beatmaker
Oh No
, lifts its plot straight out of Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever." If you've seen the movie, you'll recall Samuel L. Jackson's Gator, a spastic basehead who shows up at his mother's house pleading, dancing, and even threatening for a cash advance. In the video, the m.c. Dudly Perkins conjures a rapping Biggums stuck in Gator's tragi-comic world.

Similarly, the raspy soul-singer Georgia Anne Muldrow draws obvious inspiration from Gator's mother for the part of Miss Biggums. Like Gator's mom, Miss Biggums still holds a special place in her heart for her washed-up son. But by the end of the video, she has done what Gator's momma must rely on her husband to do: show the son tough love, and throw him out. In that sense, T. Biggums doesn't have the only role in this video that's equally inspired by two different characters.

No comments: