There’s so much going on in rapper Buck 22’s new video for a remake of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart,” I don’t even know where to begin.
Let’s start at the bottom. So many bottoms. This video makes Trace Adkins’ celebration of women’s badonkadonks seem like a G-rated after-school special.
But it’s not just that you see so much theoretical ass, it’s that it’s naked ass in the video for what’s being called “Achy Breaky Heart Pt. 2.” The women — and there are a lot of them — who adorn this video are wearing what appears to be just a few feet of electrical tape as dancewear.
Cyrus is prominently featured in the video, but this new version of his 1992 hit was devised by the son of Dionne Warwick. Buck 22 is also known as Damon Elliott , and his Twitter bio says he’s “a lil’ bit Country, lil’ bit Hip Hop” and that “a lil’ bit of Rock makes my World go round.”
His website makes it sound like even more country music may be in his future.
“Damon is not only branching off into country music composing, co-writing and producing songs for the best artists Nashville has to offer,” it says.
After they shot the video, Elliott tweeted a photo, saying, “Took this picture of Papaw tonite at the studio. Heads up y’all we cookin see you soon @kingsthings & @billyraycyrus.” pic.twitter.com/VkVgDruYFX
According to Rolling Stone , that this odd collaboration came about when Elliott was pitching an idea to Cyrus for a duet with his mom.
“I followed up with a text soon thereafter that lead me to the Jay Leno show, where Billy was performing and one week later we are at a session at Jamie Foxx’s house recording the duet,” he added. “During a break, I took a chance and asked if he would mind if I could take a crack at remaking ’Achy Breaky Heart,’ and he looked at me for a moment and said, ’Lots of people have tried already, but go for it.'”
By that time, Elliott had already created an electronic dance music/hip-hop styled version of the hit song. And once Cyrus joined him for the video, you could say they created a fusion of dance music and country. Or rap and twang. Maybe you can come up with your own description.
In the meantime, Warwick is featured on Cyrus’ latest single, “Hope Is Just Ahead.” A portion of its proceeds will be donated to Do the Write Thing — National Campaign to Stop Violence, an organization that helps create awareness among students and prevent violent behavior before it escalates. He’ll also be appearing Thursday (Feb. 13) on Chelsea Lately.Watch the new version of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart.”