Ten Best Music Videos Filmed in Miami
By Celia Almeida
It’s hard to imagine in the era of YouTube and Vevo certifications, but for a time after MTV stopped playing videos and before YouTube launched, it seemed music videos might become a thing of the past.
Gone were the days of shutting down Times Square for a music video premiere. No one was watching the VMAs anymore, and, oh, Lord, what would become of poor Carson Daly?
But YouTube changed all of that, and today music videos are more elaborate and, because of the freedom afforded by the internet, more explicit than ever. Combining that freedom with the anything-goes character of the Magic
City can make for a dangerous combination — dangerous, but entertaining.
Here are some of the best, most creative, and most ridiculous music videos ever filmed in Miami.
10. Nelly featuring P. Diddy & Murphy Lee, “Shake Ya Tailfeather.”
From the Bad Boys II Soundtrack, the “Shake Ya Tailfeather” video is an ode to the gorgeous curvy women we
celebrate in Miami, which is cool until Nelly, Diddy (Puffy? P. Diddy?), and Murphy Lee start catcalling them on
Calle Ocho. At one point, Murphy Lee even follows one of the girls offscreen. Luckily, feminism won, and women
no longer get catcalled or followed on Calle Ocho. Right? Objectification aside, the video also features shots
of viejitos playing in Domino Park and fun on the sand at Crandon Park. So there’s that.
9. Gloria Estefan, “Turn the Beat Around.”
It’s only right that the voice of Miami Sound Machine and one of the city’s most beloved daughters would make it
on our list of Miami’s best videos. The video for the early ‘90s disco remake features scenes from the Raspberry
Award winning film The Specialist projected onto the iconic Miami Tower. Despite this setback, the Miami Tower
and Gloria Estefan have stood the test of time.
7. Aaliyah, “Rock the Boat.”
Although the making of this video led to the fatal plane crash that ended Aaliyah’s life at age 22, the video
itself serves as one final reminder of her gifted artistry. The Hype Williams-directed video was mostly shot in
the Bahamas, but its iconic underwater scenes were shot at FIU in Miami. In slow motion, Aaliyah swims toward
the camera in vibrant makeup and reaches toward us while the sun’s rays illuminate her silhouette. She looks
like an angel, and as we found out, she was one — far too soon.
2. Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, “Drunk in Love.”
Before there was Lemonade, Yoncé made an entire album about the joys of married sex. “Drunk in Love” was the
filthy introduction that gifted us with terms like “surfbort” (If you don’t know what it means, you’re way late,
and you need to go look it up on Urban Dictionary). Queen Bey reflected on the making of the video in Out
magazine: “We were in Miami for Jay’s concert, and it was just the two of us, on the beach, amazing weather, and
one outfit! It’s beautiful in its simplicity.”